Hollywood's 25 Top Power Lunch Restaurants
“Honestly, there is no better place for sushi on the globe than Katsuya,” Ellen DeGeneres has tweeted. “Nothing even compares! Thanks Katsuya for what you do!”
Yes, it can get loud, and the tables are close -- but that’s exactly what one Emmy-nominated rising-star actor likes about the place: “Sitting that close to someone while pitching something generates a certain level of intimacy.”
Founding chef Katsuya Uechi has spun off Katsu-yas, many created by ubiquitous designer Philippe Starck, from Laguna Beach to Houston. The Brentwood location is more high-wattage, where Patrick Dempsey won’t touch his rice and Joss Whedon has dined solo.
At the original Studio City Katsu-ya, you’re more apt to see lots of low-key Warner Bros. execs. Says one insider, “Everyone orders the same three things: tuna on crispy rice, albacore sashimi with crispy onions and manna-from-heaven baked crab rolls.”