The Octopus Experience



Last Saturday my husband,  myself, and two friends visited The Octopus in Great Yarmouth. We had a fabulous night from start to finish.

The welcome we received from Ben and Mario was outstanding! From greeting everyone personally as they came through the door, the little extras such as hanging our jackets and providing bag hangers for us ladies, the decor, the service, and of course the wonderful food. It was a fully booked service, we were lucky to get a table on the Saturday night before Valentine, but this didn’t phase any of the staff, each and every table received the same dedicated service.

So what did we have from this lovely menu?

To Start –

King Scallops – Pan-fried with garlic butter, served with pea puree & Portuguese diced black pig chorizo

Pil Pil Prawns – Seared prawns dressed with garlic and fresh chilli

Followed by ..      Monkfish & Tiger Prawn Curry, Grilled Salmon,

and the fabulous Seafood Cataplana (Slow roasted King prawns, Half Lobster, Scallops, Clams, Langoustines & Octopus)

To finish it was the Cheeseboard and the Brownie



The meal was fantastic, rich in flavour, colour and cooked to perfection. We had a couple of cocktails too – A Porn Star Martini and a Cosmopolitan for the ladies, a great bottle of wine and a few beers, we ended the meal with a shot of Limoncello –

Ben & Mario are onto a real winner here. We all agreed that this was the best restaurant experience we had had in quite some time. True Mediterranean hospitality where nothing was too much trouble. So now we have all the delights of the food shown where can you find The Octopus? It’s at 42 King Street, Great Yarmouth, for those old enough you may remember the location as Kings Wine Bar, it’s seen quite a change as I’m sure you can imagine, although I’m told the gents has some memorabilia from its previous life in terms of images on the wall (no, I didn’t check myself!) The decor and design are wonderful, inviting and totally on-brand for the restaurant – see how many Octopi you can spot and where.

Don’t forget to check out the Octopus on the wall in the entrance hall which was painted by a local artist Mendivan Blackboy

Ben has told me that the menu will be changing soon, so I cant wait to go back and try Chef Rafael and Chef Antonio’s new dishes. – Let me know if you’ve been and what you thought and in the meantime keep up to date with all Octopus news by following them on Instagram or check out their website

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