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Katsuya - Laguna Beach?

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Has anyone been...and how was it? Heard someone say that it is more of an expensive scene than somewhere to go for a serious sushi dinner, but would like to know more. We're pretty big fans of Bluefin in Crystal Cove and are wondering how Katsuya compares.

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Bluefin
2917 W Pendleton Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92704

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  1. Haven't been to Katsuya Laguna but have been to the Brentwood and Hollwood branches. Menu is very similar to Bluefin (eg tuna on crispy rice, hamachi with jalapeno, etc.).

    On sushi alone, Bluefin is superior and more legit (eg inada, aoyagi, kohada, sanma,etc.) They even have hairy crab (kegani) which is a steal at $50 compared to Urasawa.

    My rec? Go to Mozza ;)

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    Urasawa Restaurant
    218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    Bluefin Restaurant
    7952 E. Pacific Coastal Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92657

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    1. re: Porthos

      I promise...we'll definitely go to Mozza and will try to be objective. We've just returned from an amazing trip to Ireland (you wouldn't believe how wonderful the food is there...and the people are even more terrific), and we're headed to the east coast next week, so Mozza will have to wait. You know Porthos...I'm willing to bet that we'd probably agree a lot on food, and would likely get along just fine. Will definitely post when we go to Mozza,!

    2. Katsuya is similar to Bluefin. It is definitely more of a scene. Have you tried Hanemori's in Cystal Court??

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      Bluefin Restaurant
      7952 E. Pacific Coastal Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92657

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      1. re: anotherfatcow

        I've been to Hanemori once, and will not return. The food was excellent, but I felt incredibly ripped off. I was by myself and although I didn't order a formal omakase, I kept accepting the recommendations of the chef and after about an hour I was full, asked for a check and discovered that I had run up a $160 tab. I suppose I was naive, but also felt taken advantage of. I am a regular at Bluefin, always accept recommendations of Abe or his chefs, and with sake and food rarely will the total be more than $100pp, and usually it's ~ $80pp.

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        Bluefin Restaurant
        7952 E. Pacific Coastal Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92657