Katsu-Ya (so much more than sushi!)

The original Katsu-Ya restaurant in Studio City is an old favorite of mine. So much in fact, that when the “other”, flashier (SBE-funded) Katsu-Ya’s opened up around town, I refused to “cheat” on “my” Katsu-Ya.

Katsu-Ya's Spicy Tuna Crispy RiceWhat I love most about the original location (besides the food) is that it is so very unglamorous. The restaurant is next to a pet store in a crowded strip mall on Ventura Boulevard, just a few blocks from my house.

I’m a fan (I admit!) of TMZ (nightly on Fox) and from what I’ve seen on the show, the Hollywood Katsu-Ya outpost is more about the celebrity “scene”. I’m sure you can get a great meal at any of the seven “sexier” SBE locations, but I’d rather NOT have to walk through a paparazzi crush after dinner if I can help it.

There aren’t many photos of sushi on my blog. This is mainly because I personally find it rude to take photographs while sitting at a cramped sushi bar. It breaks up the intimacy of the chef/eater experience, plus I don’t want to intrude on the other diners nearby. Sometimes if the sushi bar isn’t full, I ask the chef permission to photograph the meal, but those are very rare occasions.

Recently Peter and I took our friend Brent to Katsu-Ya for an early dinner. Brent isn’t a huge fan of raw fish (I’m working on him!), so we sat at a corner table, where I felt comfortable taking photographs. If you’ve never been, or are new to eating sushi (or Japanese food for that matter), Katsu-Ya’s menu is very well organized for both sushi lover and novice. Even if you don’t eat sushi at all, there are plenty of tasty options to share.

Katsu-Ya's Jumbo Scallop Foie Gras & Asparagus
Jumbo Scallop, Foie Gras & Asparagus

Toro (tuna) & Inada (baby yellowtail) at Katsu-Ya
Toro (tuna) & Inada (baby yellowtail).
A sushi-eating tip: If you sit at a sushi bar, do NOT immediately mix the wasabi paste into the soy sauce. The chef will season each piece before giving to you. He/She may just hold back the best pieces for guests that do not drown each piece in the “muddy” water.

Katsu-Ya's Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice
Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice

Katsu-Ya's Creamy Popcorn Shrimp
Creamy Popcorn Shrimp

Katsu-Ya's Shishito Peppers
Shishito Peppers

Katsu-Ya's Salmon Dinner Combo
Brent loved the Broiled Salmon Filet with Shio-yaki sauce, served with mixed tempura

Katsu-Ya's Popular Dishes (on menu)
Katsu-Ya’s Most Popular Dishes

More photos on Flickr

Katsu-Ya
11680 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
818-985-6976
Website (the original)

Kiwami (also owned by Katsuya Uechi)

Katsuya Uechi also hails from Okinawa! His bio

SBE’s Katsu-Ya

About Sushi

TMZ

TRAILER: “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”, A Film About Master Sushi Chef Jiro Ono (Anthony Bourdain‘s favorite!) on Eater.

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3 responses to “Katsu-Ya (so much more than sushi!)

  1. I agree, way better than the SBE one.

  2. That jumbo scallop with foie gras and asparagus looks life changingly delicious.

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