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Sushi Nozawa vs Sushi Katsu Ya in Studio City

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  • carter Apr 27, 2002 08:09 PM
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I read the posts regarding Nozawa of the past few days and wonder if anyone would comment on the merits of it versus Katsu Ya, just down the street at 11680 Ventura Blvd at 818-985-6976. I have only eaten there and think it is very good, very popular and modestly priced.

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  1. I too have only eaten at katsu-ya once, and agree with your assessment. It was packed at lunch on weekday, but the sushi chef who serrved us was delightful. We ordered omakase and were quite pleased, both with the quality of the fish, the variety of presentation and not least of all, the very reasonable price.
    I have eaten many, many times at Nozawa. For a long time it was my favorite. But, like earlier posters (including Rafi) I've grown bored by its limited menu, and the lack of ambiance and warmth. No question about it, the quality is excellent. But there are other places with just as good fish where it's a lot nicer to dine and where the sushi chefs enjoy their customers and like to broaden their sushi education.
    having said all this, by all means try Nozawa if you haven't been. You'll get great fish. But Katsu-Ya is quite good too, and a better bet for a more relaxed meal.

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    1. re: Sheryl

      ..ditto to comments on Sushi Nozawa. I know Nozawa is particular about his rice, but I don't think it should fall apart before it makes it to your mouth. Sushi Katsu is out of business and is now Tama Sushi. Haven't tried it yet, but will soon. There is a little sushi restaurant on Moorpark and Tujunga called Sushi 101 that has been a happy surprise. Fresh sushi and a kaiseki dinner that competes with the best on the Westside. Get off the Blvd. and you will find other good sushi restaurants.

      1. re: sukiyuki

        oops, my mistake. I realize you were talking about Katsu-Ya down the street from the former Katsu at 11920 Ventura that is now Tama Sushi. I remember the sushi to be fresh although the atmosphere was uninspired. Studio City is Sushi Row and it's hard to keep up with the changes.

      2. re: Sheryl

        ..ditto to comments on Sushi Nozawa. I know Nozawa is particular about his rice, but I don't think it should fall apart before it makes it to your mouth. Sushi Katsu is out of business and is now Tama Sushi. Haven't tried it yet, but will soon. There is a little sushi restaurant on Moorpark and Tujunga called Sushi 101 that has been a happy surprise. Fresh sushi and a kaiseki dinner that competes with the best on the Westside. Get off the Blvd. and you will find other good sushi restaurants.