Decided to go with a few friends to Katsu last night, after seeing all these posts about it. First off, had to tell a little fib to my friends (sorry) that I had been there before. But thanks to Chowhounds, it sounded like I had been there before.
As I was walking into Katsu, my eyes fell on a man dressed in black on the corner.. could it be him?? Yes, ran into Gwiv out there... =)
On to the food... We were ordering like crazy, a little at a time. We had the appetizer of sashimi carpaccio, grilled boneless chicken wings, flounder in a lemon-ey sauce, chawan mushi, softshell crab and avocado in yuba skin, fried oysters and beef tongue. Absolute standouts are the flounder in lemon sauce, beef tongue and softshell crab in yuba skin. The flounder was delicate and the sauce was not overpowering. It was so good, we were drinking the sauce. The softshell crab was great too. Imagine a spider roll, with no rice and cucumbers. Delightfully crispy, but not greasy, served with a ponzu sauce. The tongue was perfectly grilled, not overcooked and rubbery, but yum.
For sushi, we started out with a piece of Premium Uni and Super Premium Hamachi from Japan. The uni was magical! Sweet and melt in your mouth goodness... We ended up having 3 pieces of it each. Same goes for the hamachi. Unagi, saba and Super White Toro came next and we had seconds of those too.
Rounded out the meal with ice cream (red bean, green tea and wild berry gelato). We also had Otokoyama chilled sake with the meal, which happens to be my favourite sake... All in all a great meal, for a reasonable price. 3 of us and all that food for about $85 each (including tax and tip).
One thing I should mention is that yes, a piece of Super Premium Hamachi is $4. But the size of the fish is easily twice as big as other sushi restuarants, so it is actually a great deal. The saba (mackerel) was also about $3 a piece, but much larger than other restaurants.
Gary was right. We should not have gone to Katsu, now we are addicted to it. I will probably need a second job to pay for this addiction. Anyone hiring?? =}