SEÑOR FISH IN SOUTH PASADENA

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I have done almost nothing but stuff my face the past couple of weeks I have been in Los Angeles. Ok, I exaggerate.

One of the (few) upsides about being in a long distance relationship is that the little time you get to spend together is so treasured that your partner tends to fulfil your every gastronomical whim and desire, even though Mexican food is within a mere finger snap away from him.

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One of the places I enjoy going to for Mexican (aside from Chipotle. I have SO MUCH LOVE for Chipotle, you have no idea) is a small chain of Mexican joints called Señor Fish. We've only been to the South Pasadena outlet, but what sets this spot apart from all other run-of-the-mill Mexican trucks, eateries and restaurants in LA is that their menu is made up of almost exclusively all-seafood Mexican food. Yes, this means grilled fish with a side of Mexican beans and rice, ceviche, octopus tostada salad and what I've ordered the two times we've been there, the scallop burrito.

The place does not look like it's worth my time. Honestly. I wouldn't walk into there if I was in the area and had to randomly pick out a spot to eat. But what it lacks in ambience, it makes up in the incredible amount of things on the menu and the flavour.

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After a weekend of debauchery (which mostly involved indulging in honest-to-goodness seafood and clam chowder in sourbread bowls), J settled for an octopus tostada salad ($6.70). We thought it would come in a tostada bowl, but instead, it came with two tostada crisps. The salad was a medley of greens, onions, tomatoes, two slices of creamy avocado and cut-up octopus legs. It was flavoured with olive oil. Not necessarily ground breaking, but it made for a light, refreshing meal you could easily tuck in to.

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I chose something bigger, because we just came back from a hike and well, just because I wanted to. Their scallop burrito ($9.25) was easily the side of my forearm and contained about five to six battered scallops, vegetables, and Mexican rice. I didn't want beans in mine, but you could if you wanted to. I couldn't finish the whole thing, so I ended up unwrapping the burrito and picking out the scallops. We also ordered some guacamole and chips which is definitely recommended.

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