Like many of LA’s great sushi joints, Katsu-ya Studio City is located in a strip mall.
This original Valley location opened up in 1999, so they’ve clearly done a thing or two right.
We ordered many of the dishes they’re famous for (clearly marked on the menu as “Our most popular dishes”) so we fell right into their trap. Katsu-ya is very popular and for good reason. They made sushi yummy for people that don’t like sushi.
Scared of raw albacore? Dump some eel sauce all over and top it with crispy fried onions!
Raw tuna give you the heebies? Mix it with a bunch of mayo and top it with an jalapeno!
It’s the new tuna salad sandwich, except on crispy rice.
And it’s all delicious. Sneaky bastards.
While I’ve always professed I’m no sushi purist, I actually enjoyed their Nigiri sushi the most. The fish quality is fantastic, and sometimes a good hunk of fish over rice with a little soy, ginger and wasabi is all you need in life.
Unless you live in the middle of the country, then Sushi isn’t really a part of your world. Or, at least, it shouldn’t be.
11680 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604