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Grilled Spanish Octopus

$28.00 · 10 Reviews

Tender and soft grilled octopus. Refreshing pairing with sweet creamy corn sauce & chimichurri to balance the flavors. Crispy corn is used for additional textures too!

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Similar to my previous post on burnt toast which came with the carabinero, the octopus tasted burnt as well. We felt disappointed not just because the octopus was burnt but that the kitchen had obviously not been listening to our feedback.
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I do want to note that we were subsequently served complimentary desserts. Thank you very much for the thought but it would have been better to solve the issue at hand, serve the octopus again for example. We would have preferred to be able to taste the octopus for what it should be.
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I typically do not post such negative comments unless I feel strongly that constructive feedback must be given, which in this case it is necessary as we were served burnt food 3 times!
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My main course last week. Good food good value and they change their set lunch menu daily 😁 But don't order still water ok? Still water cost S$7++ hahahaha. #okicheapo
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If it's your first time heading down to Esquina, THIS is a must try. Served with an artichoke purée, the octopus is tender and packs a wonderful smoky flavour. Throwing the sweetness of the burnt onions and oyster leafs into the mix just gives it that nice depth in flavor. Every element on the dish complements each other. It's an absolute delight.

Grilled Spanish octopus, Jerusalem artichoke, burnt onion, oyster leaf

On the first cut, we raised our eyebrows because it took us quite an effort to cut. My dining partner even expressed his initial doubt only to be proven wrong upon chewing it. The octopus was well executed with such a perfect tenderness (not too soft either, which I personally detest). It retained the juiciness and smokiness as it was steamed before being grilled. Another shout out would be for the burnt onion slice that was so unbelievably sweet, letting you forget the typical onion taste and smell for a while. It seems like the usual oyster leaf (in the menu) was replaced by pickled seaweed (as mentioned by the head chef upon serving it to us) but it was definitely as lovely. It possessed a sharp acidic flavour at first but with a mild balsamic aftertaste. Such a harmonious contrast in flavour which makes this my personal favourite of the night.

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Reminded me of the better times I had traveling around the Mediterranean.
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$28. Highly recommended. The octopus was grilled to perfection, the meat tender and flavorful. Loved the artichoke purée that complemented the octopus. Definitely order this!

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The octopus had a sensual and deeply roasty quality which extended to its very core, and its suction cups will disengage recklessly inside your mouth, offering more artillery for your crunching pleasure. Elsewhere, the burnt onion will leave a sweet, oily valentine on your lips. 4.1/5