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8439 W. Sunset Blvd. (La Cienega Blvd.) Send to Phone
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A hip Japanese restaurant and creative sushi hot-spot on the Sunset Strip.
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Katana, West Hollywood, CA

Katana Restaurant Review

: If you're looking for a scene, Katana is a good choice. Combine the design talents of Dodd Mitchell with the creative minds behind Sushi Roku and BOA Steakhouse, and you get this hot-spot on the Sunset Strip. The multi-roomed space satisfies both those that want hustle and bustle inside, and those who prefer a respite on the patio overlooking Sunset Boulevard. You may also elect to sit at the sushi or robata bars, crafted from a massive 400-year-old fallen redwood. Speaking of robata (the specialty of the house), they use binchotan wood charcoal that's imported from the Wakayama province to give skewers, such as chicken liver, rockfish or miso-marinated shrimp, a distinctive smoky flavor. It might take you a couple of tries to master the comprehensive menu, but offerings of the house-special crab rolls or Kurobuta sausage with karashi mustard will satisfy nicely, as does the eight-ounce, dry-aged steak, also cooked over the binchotan charcoal. The sushi is more than respectable, including artfully plated rolls like one wrapping tempura popcorn shrimp and jalapeño, paired with saké or beer. The concept is to think small bites, so consider it Japanese tapas. The environs are quite dark and the service occasionally a bit inconsistent, but it's still fun. Ice cream or a petite molten-centered chocolate cake satisfies for dessert.

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Kanata Needs New Staff
by restuarant reviewer on Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:16 pm
My girlfriend and I I just returned from an awful dining experience at Katana. It was my fifth time dining there, and my last. Tonight our waitress was flustered and she was rude when we asked her why each order was taking almost 30 minutes to come out (we ordered small bites). Then we asked to speak to the manager when we had the bill and were paying in order to address why the food was served at room temperature and why each order took so long. We really were not going to mention our waitress (we figured she was having a bad day). However, he said he heard us talking to her in a rude manner. He was no where around and there is no way he could have heard us, as we were not rude and we couldn't even hear the people ten feet away from us talking, so how could he have possibly heard our conversation unless he was standing at our table. As we attempted to talk to him he said, well you ate the food didn't you? Pay the bill and leave. He said we protect our staff and the waitress said you were being mean and rude to her. We didn't say or do anything rude to this woman. The manager seemed unprofessional. We didn't recieve an apology or anthing.
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