Katsuya - Brentwood- SBE
11777 San Vicente Blvd, Brentwood, CA, USA
www.sbe.com/katsuya - 310-207-8744
Katsuya - Brentwood- SBE Reviews
Katsuya Brentwood Dec 10, 2012
Katsu-ya by Starck,considered to be the "flagship" of Katsuya restaurants, unveiled it's glass doors late June 2005. Swarming with affluent, both reputable and notorious famous clientele and those who love to be associated with them.
Unlike it's predecessors, this Katsuya is definitely NOT a hole in the wall that is known only for it's delectable cuisine. Every effort was made by Phillipe Starck and his design team, as well as S.B.E. staff, to create a virtual dining haven. Beautiful light colored woods(marsh and hemlock) adorn the walls and floors(watch your step ladies), white leather couches are the seats of choice as well as white rectangular tables. Images of luscious lips, and kohl rimmed eyes are carefully placed on certain selected walls in the main dining area. This is THE room to see and be seen. The first "liquid kitchen"(bar) is to your left as you carefully walk down the steps.
Right in the heart of the restaurant is the Robata bar, the charcoal grill which burns bincho tan charcoal imported from Japan, where fresh seafoods, savory meats, and delectable vegetables are grilled. The Robata bar also offers seating around it, which is first-come, first-served. The Sushi Bar is located towards the back of the restaurant and is also first-come first-served. Four rows of super soakers dipped in bronze line the left-side wall next to the sushi bar, to show the playful side of Katsuya.
The second dining area is located to the right of the sushibar, named the "dragon room", for the large dragon tattoo which adorns the wall as you walk in. More loungey feeling than the light and bright main dining room, the walls in the dragon room are dark charcoal grey, and the atmosphere in here is more intimate and seductive, complete with it's own "liquid kitchen".
Now, onto the fabulous creations of Chef Katsuya himself... Most heralded selections by far would be
1.the yellowtail sashimi served with onion ponzu and jalapeno garnishes
2.the spicy albacore sashimi, slightly seared and topped with crispy red onions,
3.the seared tuna with japanese salsa(avocado, tomato, cilantro, onion),
4. the herb-crusted seared tuna with japanese mustard,
5. the slightly seared to perfection kiwi flavored scallops with yuzu pepper,
6.the spicy tuna over crispy rice cakes garnished with jalapeno,
7.the kobe filet medallions with foie gras and plum wine soy reduction,
8.lobster dynamite, lobster, shrimp, mushrooms & dynamite sauce, baked in the half shell
9. crab and mozzerella rolled in soy paper, dipped in tempura batter, and flash fried
10. cajun style halibut cheeks with mustard sauce and asparagus(halibut cheeks are considered a delicacy and are a bit more firm in texture than regular halibut)
11. black cod filet marinated in 3 types of miso and baked
12. kobe beef tobanyaki(butterflied wagu kobe with mushrooms, served still sizzling in a clay pot)
13. baked crab handrolls(baked crab, house creamy sauce, rice, & soy paper wrapped)
14. from the robata bar:
grilled king crab legs drizzled in garlic butter
skewered scallops with garlic soy butter
grilled mini corn cobs
To accompany your meal:
The specialty drinks prepared by master mixologist, Ryan Magarian, complement the cuisine to a T. Try the White Grapefruit Cosmo, made with ruby red absolut vodka, the Burning Mandrin, with fresh muddled serranos and absolut mandrin, or the Katsuya Fresh, with sake, vodka, lime juice, and fresh muddled cucumbers. The fresh squeezed juices and garnishes make all the difference in these world-class concoctions.
Note: If you're a big fan of rolls and generic sushi items, this is not the place for you. The menu doesn't offer many specialty rolls. The only notable one in my opinion, isn't even on the menu, it's a special; the special albacore roll, the center is shrimp tempura & julienne cucumbers, topped with spicy albacore, garlic chips, and a soy truffle sauce. Only those who are willing to try chef's specialty sashimi creations and such will have an optimum dining experience here. The knowledgeable wait staff can guide you through the most memorable dining experience of your life if you allow them to do so. Leave your inhibitions at the door when you walk in, let loose your reins, and throw all caution to the wind! Let your server do what he/she knows best , sit back, relax, and reap the benefits!
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Worth the price & worth the wait Apr 10, 2010
I ate dinner at Katsuya in Brentwood, CA with a group of about 8 people. I highly recommend making reservations since it is unlikely you will be able to get a table without them.
We started off with the Watermelon Cucumber Mojito. This is probably the best version of a Mojito I have ever had. They cost about $12 USD each.
I had Miso soup & edamame for an appetizer...both excellent. Since I was with such a large group we all ordered a roll and/or an entree and shared everything.
I will premise my food review with the fact that I am usually beyond squeamish about eating fish in general, especially raw fish. The thought of Sashimi usually makes me gag, literally.
After a few Watermelon Cucumber Mojitos I summoned up the courage and ordered something other than one of my 'usual safe bets' like a Tempura Shrimp Roll. I actually loved the Sashimi here! If all of the sushi at Katsuya had not so delectable I wouldn't have dared to try a roll with Eel in it...BUT I did and didn't have any gag reflexes!
This is a great, high-end sushi restaurant perfect for anyone who loves sushi, or perfect for a person who has always wanted to try sushi but has been scared of the 'raw fish factor'.
They serve low sodium soy sauce which is a big plus for me as well. The wasabi is smooth spicy; just the way I like it.
This is also a great restaurant if you are into 'Celebrity Hunting (watching)'. I saw Hugh Hefner and some of his girlfriends! :) On the way back to the car I saw Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell. :)
The pricing on the website said $50+ for dinner. I find that you could probably go to dinner for about $30/per person if you don't buy alcoholic drinks. If you are on a tighter budget try Katsuya during lunch so you can still enjoy the amazing sushi they have to offer. Also, for dinner it can be a little dressy, so it is probably best not to wear shorts, sandals, etc.