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Katsu-ya in encino

I am heading to katsu-ya for dinner saturday any suggestions on what not to miss? Also, what is there 4 1/2 roll that I saw mentioned in a zagat review?

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  1. If you like sloppy theme rolls, go to katsu ya. It has plummeted lately. Eew.

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    1. re: Diana

      If you go to Katsu-ya Encino make sure to bring ear plugs, this place is LOUD LOUD LOUD. I walked in and right back out it was so loud. I much prefer Sushi 4 on 6 across the street. Nice quiet mellow place, good food, always good jazz playing in the background. Tama in Studio City is good as well. And Asanebo across the street, although not "sushi" per se but their omakase is really good and expensive. Two really good places in Tarzana, Sushi Yotsuya and Sushi Iki. Both pricey. I think Iki might be the best sushi place in SFV overall if you don't mind the price.

    2. Haven't been to the Encino location, but at the Studio City branch I get:

      seared albacore with crispy onions
      crispy rice w/ spicy tuna
      honey roll
      Robert's roll sometimes
      I've gotten the 4 1/2 roll, but I can't remember what's in it. It's similar to Robert's roll. Ask the waitress.

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      1. re: Slackerchick

        ditto -- Studio City -- the honey roll is actually not on the menu, but is quite nice.

        I love the baked crab handroll in mamenori (soybean paper)
        and the baked eggplant with albacore.

      2. thanks, basically looks like the same menu as Koi which I have been to many times.

        Ok, Diana you seem to have a stron gopinion where do you go in the valley for sushi?

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        1. re: goldbergd

          iirc, the owner (chef?) of katsuya had a hand in developing the menu for koi.

          1. re: goldbergd

            I like House of Taka for less expensive (if such a thing can be said) IF I want really good really tatsy well presented fish in a nice atmosphere, I go to 4 on 6 or Asanebo.

            I was treated like trash at Tama! kATSUYA now just caters to the "gimme theme rolls with salt and goo" crowd.

          2. try the tuna and avocado layered between rice crackers, there's more too it that makes it yummy, but i dont remember for sure : (. In all honesty tho, katsuya wouldnt be my first choise in the valley, but its always good to try it once! try IROHA on Ventura jusu west of Coldwater Canyon, or Asanebo (little pricey but really good) or if ya really want some AMAZING sushi for your money (less expensive than most places) try SAKURA in Culver City, And try the seared ONO--SOO GOOD, melts in your mouth. of topic>

            1. Please go across the road to 4 on 6 instead. Same price, much more friendly and, most importantly, far better, more interesting fish.

              1. Good lord. That place is a mess - the crowd that goes there is incredibly annoying - but I like the spicy tuna rice nugget thingy, admittedly.

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                1. re: ciaoxtina

                  I went here today only because a friend works around the corner. I sat at the bar and asked for omakase. I usually go this route so I can relinquish control/not make any decisions. We had about 10 pieces each during which he chef asked if we were three times. The fourth time he said "seriously I'm done now." ? It was only 2:05 and there were plenty of people in the dining room. I would only go here if I worked in the neighborhood and didn't want to spend much. It was 55 a head. I would have been happier spending twice as much elsewhere. I did have a few good pieces of fish but for the most part they were sloppy. I came home and made a sandwich.

                2. the spicy tuna crispy rice and the seared albacore crispy onions are both fantastic here. If you just want plain sushi go elsewhere, but sometimes it's nice to fry things.

                  1. Ate at Katsu-ya Encino last night for the first time, and the food and service was wonderful; I'd definitely go again. After reading all the reviews on this board, I expected over-hyped food and bad, rushed service. (I was invited by friends so I wasn't going to suggest a change in restaurants.)

                    After my terrific experience, I'd like to share it so others don't get mislead: We had 7:15 reservations and were seated within 15 minutes of arrival. While waiting for a table, we were offered drinks. After ordering, the server asked if it was okay if she PACED our orders, rather than bringing them all out at once. Service was attentive (I never needed to ask for a water/tea refill). Every dish we ordered (based on chowhound recs) was great. Our party of four stayed for nearly two hours and we never felt rushed. I didn't find the restaurant any louder than any other lively, popular restaurant.

                    Don't be misguided by the negative reviews and check out Encino for yourself. Definitely get a reservation! And many thanks to those who posted such yummy food recs.

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                    1. re: GenevaSummit

                      I liked the Encino Katsu-ya, but not for the sushi.

                      Their daily specials, sashimi dishes etc that I got were all very good, while the sushi was ... just "meh".

                      This is a day late, sorry, but here's my blog post on Katsu-Ya:

                    2. way too loud. The waiters have trouble hearing your order. Nothing wrong with the sushi specials mentioned by others, and the miso black cod dinner is a bargain for non-sushi members of your group. I hate when the waiters have to action the food when it comes to the table (Who had the hand rolls?). I go here only when others are choosing whee to eat, and I admit I never enjoy it, simply because of the atmosphere. we often have to wait for our table even with a reservation, and it is just not a great experience. Much prefer the studio city location, or some of the other local places mentioned by others.