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Sep 28, 2008 01:59 PM

Katsu Sushi in Beverly Hills

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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  1. 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

      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. 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

        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

        1. re: Emme

          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.

          1. re: omotosando

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

            1. re: J.L.

              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.

        1. re: vinosnob

          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. But you called to cancel your reservation, right?

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            1. re: bodie

              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.

              1. re: tomritza

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