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Arts & Entertainment - January 9, 2019

Restaurant review: Satisfying sushi

Octopus offers ample, creative sushi rolls in Menlo Park

by Ruth Schechter

Release the Kraken! And while you're at it, bring out a Mad Dragon, a Lava King and a Drunken Tiger. Maybe even a Foxy Lady.

While the campy film "Clash of the Titans" has nothing to do with the menu at Octopus Japanese Restaurant in Menlo Park, someone was inspired enough to name one of the special sushi rolls after that classic monster. In fact, someone was pretty motivated about naming most of the restaurant's specialty items with wit and whimsy. Thankfully, each of the 50-plus rolls includes a photo and detailed description of its contents on a multi-paged menu.

Like many foods we've adopted from other countries, Americans have given sushi our own spin. Purists may object to fusion-style sushi — the oversize rolls with nontraditional ingredients like jalape


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