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Katsuya.Starck

Posted in Dining + Entertainment by adamkupratis on February 27, 2009

L and I decided to go on a date in Hollywood, again, to the shhh..famous (shamous for now on) restaurant, Katsuya. Hailed as “The new glam sushi restaurant” by the LA Times and lusted after by Los Angeles Magazine. The sushi restaurant is first and foremost, a place to be noticed. A place for people to see that you are one of ‘them’. A swanky, nose-in-the-air restaurant where the food tastes like the money you pay for it. Actually, the food was delicious. As much as I hate to admit it, it was very well prepared sushi. (I hate myself for leaving two ‘it’s next to each other) Katsuya is located at 6300 Hollywood Blvd and is easily seen from the street. You better have $15 cash because valet is $10 and at these kinds of places, you best be a tipper.

Katsuya Hollywood, Entrance

Katsuya Hollywood, Entrance

Walking into the restaurant there is a display by Phillipe Starck beckoning for your attention. 4.5′ high pillars support a cube of plexi glass with white knives suspended within them. They serve as an interesting place to rest your martini whilst waiting for your table. FYI, Phillipe Starck is a renowned designer who is most famous for this restaurant but also for his creative ‘blunders’ in other things such as this fugly pair of ipod speakers. The color pallet of the restaurant is more than savory to the eye. An overtone of white among everything with large geisha eyes and lips plastered in front of lights. The staff was every bit of the ‘models that serve’ category and were used more for the model part of the job. The hostesses for example wore red mini-skirts and black turtle necks. When I say mini i really mean MICRO. Our waitress, server for L’s approval, was a pseudo-french Angelina Jolie that couldn’t serve us fast enough between all the pick up lines she had to dodge. Ok ok, I’ve spoken enough about the place, time for food.

Tonight L was treating me and I was ecstatic, I have never had a girl pay for a lavish event like this for me so it was in every essence a treat. I was so craving some good sushi and immediately knew I would be ordering one order of Yellowtail and one order of Unagi. For the entree I ordered the Rainbow Roll. Whenever dining at a sushi restaurant for the first time I always order the Rainbow Roll. It is an assortment of all the basic rolls they have and is the best way to determine the quality of the chef and their fish. L ordered the spicy tuna roll and an order of Salmon sushi. After finishing a more than decent Miso I felt like ordering sake.We ordered a Shouchu style sake which was very crisp and had an after taste of Umami. Fruity best describes it.

As the food was prepared, L and I discussed our usual topic, whatever we feel like talking about. The subject came up about the media and my disdain for the identity the meek buy into. I’m sure I will offend people with this next part but please know, I love the people who have shown me themselves underneath the brands, image and appearance. OBEY clothing, most of us first depict the moniker O.B.E.Y. pasted below the giants vectored shadow. I loathe Fairey, the artist behind the OBEY franchise, for many reasons which I won’t go into. But essentially my problem with the franchise spawns from my ability to compare message to utility. The message behind the OBEY slogan is to not listen to what the ‘man’ tells you to by forcing the ‘man’s image upon the face of a V-Neck with the word OBEY. Implying that you are sticking it to the man. But what the hell! The ‘man’ was the one who told you to by that shit! the ‘man’ is controlling the cash flow and figured, “ok, so we are done with Volcom stone, lets make us seem hip by ‘sticking it to ourselves’ and make a shit-ton of money. Psh.

Rainbow Roll @ Katsuya

Rainbow Roll @ Katsuya

Food came, I calmed down. L has a way of making me forget my issues with reality and so does food. Together I have no worries. The Sushi tasted amazing! I was extremely surprised to taste such a fresh fish in Hollywierd. The preparation however could have used work. The sushi didn’t not stay firm and unified between the chopsticks. I think the chef was just lazy. The roll was above average but overall a good Rainbow Roll. Katusya puts no carrots in their rolls and that is very important to me. Carrots in a sushi roll is just retarded, stupid, bad, no good. After the meal I required coffee to get my lazy butt back home. This was the cherry on top, french pressed coffee delivered to the table and they leave the press there! I so adore a good coffee and even better, glass coffee mugs. Overall, a great treat. I owe her for this and I’m already planning the event. So, go to Katsuya if you are willing to take the trip, be seen and spend money. Oh, and eat good sushi.

Katsuya.Starck

6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles – (323) 871-8777

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  1. Tom Stanley said, on February 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm

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    Tom Stanley

  2. adamkupratis said, on February 27, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    thank you for the compliment. It’s nice to know ‘Im not the only one’

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