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Lunch at Katsuya: LAist Quick Pick

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Food bloggers Potatomato must have their Foodie Batphone connected to my psyche: after finishing a delightful and surprisingly inexpensive lunch at the new Phillip Starck-designed Katsuya in Hollywood, I jumped on the Internet to see what the bloggers had to say about this upscale sushi restaurant/bar/lounge. And what do you know, but those intrepid foodies had cased the joint only days before me.

Katsuya is one of those places that I would normally consider a little too chi-chi for everyday dining. If the boss wants to take the team out for cocktails? Maybe. Mom and Dad are in town and looking for a ritzy Hollywood dining experience? Sure thing. But a normal night out on the town? I can get good sushi for under $50 (based on a two-person meal, plus alcohol) in plenty of places in this town. I don't need to spend a cool hundred for arty decor and louche, high-fashion fellow diners.

But I read a review on Chowhound that made me reconsider my approach to Katsuya. Why not try out the lunch menu (I work within walking distance) and experiment with some of the hot dishes, instead of gorging on sushi (cause you know how sushi can be a real wallet-killer). I, too, was pleasantly surprised by Katsuya as a solid lunch choice.