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Katsu-Ya Encino

Coachboy | Jan 31, 200501:47 PM

Tried the new location this weekend, despite never being enthralled with the Studio City original.

5:45 PM: placed is full with a wait. fortunately i made reservations that PM - strongly recommended, BTW.

Service was efficient (some might say rushed) and friendly - we had small kids, as did about 5 other tables.

Onto the food:

Edamame - cold, overcooked and strangely off tasting.

Sushi - had three specials - toro was good and generous serving. tuna and yellowtail were both cut with the grain and large - making for a stringy, unpleasant texture. in addition, tuna was quite fishy. rice was overly compact and cold.

Kids menu-standard chicken teriyaki/shrimp tempura combo.

Special "Seared Tuna w/Japanese Salsa" was a very generous (10 slices, maybe more) of seared tuna drenched in a asian tomato relish. In the center was an avocado tower. While not especially high grade tuna, it was tasty and extremely reasonable at $11.50.

Special Baked Crab Handroll in Soy Paper - not bad.

Beer is cheap - $5.00 for large Asahi.

Crowd is different than Studio City - less trendy and older.

Overall: This place is like the cheesecake factory of japanese restaurants: large portions of unexceptional food served quickly in a uninspired enviornment. God knows why anyone would wait at either one?


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