Restaurant Katsu in Studio City, which closed almost a year ago after a fire, has reopened. Katsu is still at the sushi bar, and it is essentially still the same restaurant, but he has renamed it Tama Sushi. (Tama is his wife's name.) According to Katsu, only one wall was damaged by the fire, but his landlord refused to release the insurance proceeds, apparantly fearing that Katsu would run off with the money (Katsu rolled his eyes and laughed while telling the story -- after all he's been in LA over 20 years already).
I was there for lunch this week and the fish and preparations were as wonderful as ever. Live uni were in the case and he offered an amazing assortment of different types of clams, all of which (including an amazing scallop) were removed from their shells right in front of us. 3 levels of omakase are offered according to charming handwritten signs at the sushi bar (only the main bar was open and Katsu was the only chef -- the special bar where Katsu used to offer his omakase was closed off, but that might have been because it was lunch time). I don't know which level we were served since I just asked Katsu to select everything for us. I've been going to Katsu's restaurants for over 10 years and I am fortunate that he remembers me and knows I eat anything he recommends. The fish was generally served in flights: kampachi and yellowtail; halibut and halibut fin (each sauced differently); snapper 3 different ways. He also served an amazing negitoro.
Tama Sushi has been open 5 weeks and things are still slow according to Katsu, but since he hasn't lost his touch that won't last long.