March 4, 2009
LOCATION11920 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 763-3910; www.katsu-yagroup.com.
AMBIENCESushi restaurant with spare, contemporary decor -- and comfortable chairs. Most seating is at tables, but there are a few seats at the sushi bar, plus a separate omakase room where master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi presides.
SERVICEGracious and attentive.
PRICEDinner starters, $2 to $14; cold seafood dishes, $12 to $16; hot seafood dishes, $14 to $23; meat dishes, $14 to $28; tempura items, $3 to $8; nigiri sushi, $5 to market price. Omakase, $70 per person. Less expensive items at lunch.
BEST DISHESKatsu-ya famous trio, seaweed salad, halibut carpaccio, crispy rice cake with spicy tuna, seared kanpachi salad, mixed sashimi, nigiri sushi, steamed shabu shabu Kurosawa beef in bamboo leaf. And sushi omakase from Uechi himself.
WINE LISTSome excellent sake from small producers; minimal wine list. Corkage fee, $10.
BEST TABLEA seat at the sushi bar in the omakase room.
DETAILSOpen for dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and to 9:30 p.m. Sunday; for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday. Full bar. Valet parking, $4.50 at dinner, $3 at lunch.
Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. ****: Outstanding on every level. ***: Excellent. **: Very good. *: Good. No star: Poor to satisfactory.
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