A chain of Japanese Seafood places that are now just…Japanese places, in Burbank and other locales.
This is the tricky part about writing a Restaurant review: What to say about a perfectly acceptable, but ultimately unmemorable meal.
Fact of the matter is, most of the food you’re going to have in your life, particularly when you’re out at restaurants, is not going to suck. There are too many competent professionals out there working the line, working in kitchens for you to have a meal…a meal that you pay for, mind you…that is truly god-awful. Doesn’t mean that these same competent professionals are out there making magic, either. No, there just making something that will fill you up, and get you out of there. Two seconds out the door, like a bad rental from Netflix, it’s already out of your mind.
Which brings us to Octopus Japanese Fusion Restaurant. You’d think that with such a name (and with my seafood allergy) that it’d be a place impossible for me to review. After all, what could I possibly eat?
Well, quite a lot actually, and that’s part of the problem.
There’s an awful lot of Beef and Chicken Teriyaki or Hibachi going on for a place that has “Octopus” in the name, and it’s stuff that frankly, you can get better at other local California chains, like Kabuki. There is seafood on the menu, there just doesn’t seem to be a whole hell of a lot of it…at least not for a place with “Octopus” in the name.
I’m sure there is a first class, fantastic joint that does nothing but the freshest cuts of Japanese Seafood out there, but Octopus…well, its just another Japanese place. Not terrible, but nothing special. Nothing to see here. Movin’ on…
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Oh, what’s the use? Flip a coin. Throw a dart at the board. It’s all okay, and that’s about it.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Here’s a tip, you can probably do better elsewhere?
Then again, maybe I’ve just been going to the wrong ones. I look at the LA Location, and it looks pretty dang swanky.
PARKING: Like with Pichana, Orochon Ramen, and generally all things Downtown Burbank, check our Burbank Parking Map. The best best is the Parking Structure near Palm Ave. and San Fernando Blvd. Two bits of good news. One, it’s Burbank, therefore parking is free. Two, the Garage is basically the same building that houses Octopus itself.
Octopus Japanese Fusion Restaurant
227 East Palm Avenue.
Burbank, CA 91502
Tel: (818) 556-6622
Monday-Thursday: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
Friday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday: 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 – 10:00 pm