Izaka-Ya is a casual sushi concept by the people from Katsu-Ya. It is located on 3rd St in Hollywood, within a block or two of at least 5 other sushi restaurants. Last night, I went for my birthday meal.
We had planned on going to Zen (just because we knew they were open on Memorial Day), but when we got there, there was a big sign saying they'd lost their liquor license, so we walked one block to Izaka-Ya. We saw that it was "by Katsu-Ya", so we figured we were in for a treat.
When we sat down, a large easel was set down next to our table to show us the "specials". We noticed that most everything on the "special" board was also on the menu already.
Server was friendly, but not polished at all. Place seemed clean.
Izaka-Ya really let me down with their food. Everything was under-seasoned, and the fish (especially the “Blue Crab Roll”) didn’t seem all that fresh. Plates were beautiful, but we never wanted more of anything, and some items were left unfinished on the plates. Seaweed Salad was overdressed to the point of being nearly inedible. The one saving grace was the Spanish Mackerel, which was on the specials board. The board just stated "Spanish Mackerel" so we ordered Spanish Mackerel Sashimi. We were told we could onoly have it as Sushi. We didn't understand why, but it was very tasty.
Izaka-Ya’s service was of the “Are you ready to order” type. Our waters never went empty, and drinks never took any time to get, but in the middle of the meal, the server came to us and asked us which dishes we were still waiting for from the kitchen. It was a rookie mistake, and one I would forgive at a burger joint (maybe), but just shouldn’t be happening in a nicer place.
My experience at Izaka-Ya didn’t do anything to make me want to return. Mediocre food and blah service give me two good reasons to find another place.