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arisp Sep 28, 2008 01:59 PM

Felt like trying out a new spot (no room at ZO, and Masu didn't even bother returning my call for a reservation...) Anyways, thought I'd give Katsu a shot, based solely on some of the good reviews on CH. So I reserve for 8pm at the counter.

As I drive past the place at 8pm looking for a parking spot, I threw a quick peak and.... empty. Not a single soul. Seemed strange, maybe I didn't see right. Turned the block, approached the restaurant again and slowed down. Completely empty at 8pm on a Saturday night. I don't think I've ever seen that in any new restaurant in my life.

I didn't bother eating there, not because I care how "in" or trendy a place is, but because a completely empty sushi restaurant can't really bode well for the quality (and longevity) of their fish.

Am I wrong? Yikes.

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    manku Sep 28, 2008 06:53 PM

    I, too, had a similar experience about 10 days back. Wanted Sushi in BH, made res at Katsu and walked by. Really Austere interior, with four patrons at bar. I wasn't worried about the food, as I don't think Katsu would serve bad fish, but I hate dining in dead restaurants.

    Went to yu-n-mi, which gets little love on this board, and had a delicious meal.

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    1. re: manku
      TonyC Sep 30, 2008 02:19 PM

      Eating at a "dead" restaurant gives you the chef's 100% undivided attention. why would you NOT want this?

      last time we were the sole patrons of a sushi joint, I ended up discussing the Monterey Park restaurant business with the proprietor for a good 30 minutes. He brought out various fish cuts and the wife enunciated every syllable to I can take notes.

    2. omotosando Sep 28, 2008 07:43 PM

      I have not been to Katsu in Beverly Hills, but for whatever reason, the Beverly Hills shopping district cannot seem to sustain a sushi restaurant. There used to be a fairly decent sushi restaurant on Camden. They had lunchtime customers from the nearby office buildings, but at night the restaurant was a ghost town. I don't know how they possibly stayed open as long as they did.

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      1. re: omotosando
        Emme Sep 28, 2008 09:23 PM

        im walking distance from Sushi Sushi on beverly dr. i think it's pretty good... i know it's not really sushi, but there are some sushi dishes, but there's also mako

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          omotosando Sep 29, 2008 12:16 AM

          I was talking about the Beverly Hills shopping district north of Wilshire, not South Beverly Dr. That fancy Japanese tofu restaurant went belly up also.

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            J.L. Sep 29, 2008 03:20 AM

            That space now contains a really good steakhouse: Wolfganag's Steakhouse.

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              SouthernFoodie08 Sep 29, 2008 04:12 PM

              I have been to Katsu a few times for lunch (down the street from my office) and it is always a nice crowd. And, the sushi is very good and very fresh. I think that it needs more time to build a dinner crowd. Also, remember that all of the construction farther up Beverly cannot help their situation.

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        vinosnob Sep 29, 2008 04:29 PM

        "Am I wrong?"

        100%

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          Slackerchick Sep 29, 2008 08:13 PM

          Agreed, vinosnob.

          We went for lunch on Saturday and everything was top quality. Katsu goes to the fish market personally, and would never skimp on quality.

          The construction situation is a nightmare for business. Hopefully he can hang on until the hotel opens.

        2. bodie Sep 29, 2008 08:24 PM

          But you called to cancel your reservation, right?

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            BombayUpWithaTwist Sep 29, 2008 09:14 PM

            That was my thought...

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              tomritza Sep 30, 2008 08:02 PM

              Boy that was my thought too. You call for a reservation, show up and then because nobody is there just drive off? I sincerely hope you called to cancel at a minimum. Common courtesy.

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                arisp Sep 30, 2008 10:48 PM

                I actually did call them to cancel. I always do.

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