18:15 11 October 2022
A seafood restaurant on the coast has launched a new menu featuring local seasonal fish.
Yarmouth’s Octopus started serving the new menu on October 4 and customers already have their favourites.
Owners Ben Melhado and Mario George said the restaurant is “going from strength to strength”.
Mr Melhado, 38 and from Gorleston, said: “Our chefs are Portuguese and at the top of their game, creating dishes that are explosions of flavour. They are setting Norfolk on fire.
“The menu changes with the seasons, we have a small team to react quickly to auctions and avoid overfishing.
“And the menu is tight, every dish is made with fresh fish and perfected before adding it. What’s there is the best you’ll get.
“There is a range of white fish and shellfish, but customers still struggle to decide what to eat.
“The new menu features seasonal dishes like mussels and John Dory. It’s so good it’s outrageous.
“The Cromer Crab Soup is already hugely popular. I could send the potwash home like people clean their bowls.
“And the Brancaster Thai green mussels are an absolute winner, as are the jumbo prawns.
“Our Mersea Island oysters, which come from an eight generation farmer, are unreal. I’ve eaten 50 of them in one sitting before.”
New items on the menu include prawn linguine, brown butter Dover sole and 30-day aged beef tenderloin.
The Octopus opened its doors at the beginning of the year and has already increased its opening hours and modified its menu due to its success.
Mr Melhado said: “We are getting better and better. It’s just amazing.
“People are rebooking while they’re still in their seats, which is pretty special. Our return rate is incredible.
“Our customers travel a lot and say this is one of the best restaurants they’ve been to.
“The Octopus is upscale but not pretentious, the staff are attentive but not intrusive.
“Due to the cost of living crisis, people are going out less but we don’t seem to have been affected.
“I think it’s because people don’t come here to eat. We’re not selling food, we’re selling an experience.”
The Octopus Seafood Restaurant is open from 5:30 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Saturday.