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Grilled Octopus – Ahtapot Izgara

This grilled octopus (ahtapot izgara in Turkish) was served generously seasoned with olive oil and oregano at Memedof in Bodrum. Owner Mehmet Çuhadar recommended it to us and we couldn’t resist. His advice was right on-this was the freshest, most tender octopus I had ever eaten. As we savored our meze, I was saddened to hear that my friend’s brother does not eat octopus because he respects their keen intelligence, a characteristic I didn’t even know they had. When I got home, I looked it up on Wikipedia, and, while I find octopus intelligence a bit disturbing, I would still eat those other 7 arms!

Update: Through the miracle of modern science (Stat Counter), I just saw that someone found this blog by googling “should we eat octopus intellegence?”. Terrifying.

2016-01-09T13:32:27+00:00 March 16th, 2009|Categories: Fish, Istanbul, Turkish Cuisine|3 Comments


  1. Jessica March 16, 2009 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Delicious! I looooove octopus.

  2. Rob March 16, 2009 at 10:36 am - Reply

    How was it?

  3. Katie March 16, 2009 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Rob, it was so amazing I would get on a flight right now for just one more portion. The octopus meat was sweet and tender and made a beautiful texture and flavor contrast with the olive oil.

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