Katana,Koi or Katsuya Brentwood-best for less
Coming up from OC this weekend and would like to try one of these fusion spots...I know they are all pricey but which one has the best food without having to spend a fortune.....can we do one of these for 2 people for under $100 total....we don't drink...what are we talking about in terms of the bill for dinner for 2....thanks
If you don't do omakase at any of them, sure.
But I really feel you won't get much at either at any of those for that amount.
Anyway, avoid Koi. It's more about celebrities than it is fish.
Between Katana and Katsuya, I would pick Katsuya.
I say Katsu-Ya but definitely SKIP the Brentwood location and hit the non-scene'ish location on 3rd Street.
Had my first dinner at Koi last night. Yes, it is a scene and there are scary Hollywood stereotypes at almost every table, but it was easy to get a reservation and everything that we had was delicious! I highly recommend the Crispy Rice topped with Spicy Tuna, Seared Albacore with Crispy Red Onions and the Eel & Avocado Roll. Very good desserts as well...
koi really is like they portray it in "Entourage"...total characterture of a hollywood hotspot.
katsuya is stunning, but uncomfortable w/hit and miss food...the grilled stuff sucks.
katana has a great balcony/patio dining area if the weather's nice. most the food is okay, the robatayaki is $$$ but much better than katsuya.
$200 w/o alchohol for two is def. enough at any of the places...i recommend katana...after dinner, what're u gonna do in brentwood...yawn.
i'm not a fan of katsuya in brentwood. i've been a couple of times and while the sushi is fine (nothing amazing), there is something about the place that feels really sterile, like a spaceship. maybe its the stretchy gray outfits the waiters wear? they also give an annoying speech before you order about how they have 3 special kitchens, blah, blah, blah...
koi really is a scene but every time i've gone, i've had a fun time and enjoyed the meal. its good for celebrity-sighting too if thats what you want.
never been to katana so can't share anything there.
avoid koi. all about scene and less about food. there are so many great sushi places here in LA you could go to for the same price minus the attitude and preening.