Last night myself and 3 friends went to Katana, a Japanese sushi and robata restaurant located in West Hollywood across from Skybar. I and my brothers have been going there for about 5 years now and I have to say I think its run its course. It’s one of those foofoo hip scenester places that used to have really tasty food but now has turned to relying on its ambience and “scene”. I would have taken pictures of the food if it wasnt so "trendy" and dark inside.
The one thing that they can’t mess with, for me, are the Spicy Tuna Hanabi which is spicy tuna on crispy rice cakes. Katana was the first place I ever had those and still they are my go to order anywhere I go. I just love how they are crunchy and soft, warm and cold and, sweet and spicy. The constant contrast of flavors and temperatures is what keeps me coming back for more. As much as I love those, I can get them anywhere and it’s not enough to make me want to go back there. I don’t find their fish as fresh as other places I could go to , other than their yellowtail with crispy onions, which is sliced thick rather than thin which is its standout quality.
Besides their sushi they have a wide selection of Robata, which is a type of Japanese cooking where they put food on a small 5 inch skewer and grill them on an open charcoal flame. My brother loves the robata, but I also think that it’s only because we haven’t had it anywhere else. We got the lamb chop, which I found over cooked and too sweet, the rib eye which you can’t really mess up but for the price isn’t so worth it, the shrimp wrapped in bacon I found overwhelming salty and overcooked, and my Chilean sea bass which I felt lost its natural buttery flavor due to how small they have the pieces.
Overall, this restaurant has lost its once large flare now that so many other new great restaurants are hitting the scene, so officially I am retiring this restaurant from our repertoire.
Katana : $$$ - Japanese Sushi and Robata Grill. http://katanarobata.com/katana/