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Like many of LA’s great sushi joints, Katsu-ya Studio City is located in a strip mall.

This original Valley location opened up in 1999, so they’ve clearly done a thing or two right.

We ordered many of the dishes they’re famous for (clearly marked on the menu as “Our most popular dishes”) so we fell right into their trap. Katsu-ya is very popular and for good reason. They made sushi yummy for people that don’t like sushi.

Scared of raw albacore? Dump some eel sauce all over and top it with crispy fried onions!

Raw tuna give you the heebies? Mix it with a bunch of mayo and top it with an jalapeno!

It’s the new tuna salad sandwich, except on crispy rice.

And it’s all delicious. Sneaky bastards.

While I’ve always professed I’m no sushi purist, I actually enjoyed their Nigiri sushi the most. The fish quality is fantastic, and sometimes a good hunk of fish over rice with a little soy, ginger and wasabi is all you need in life.

Unless you live in the middle of the country, then Sushi isn’t really a part of your world. Or, at least, it shouldn’t be.

11680 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 985-6976

http://www.katsu-yagroup.com/katsuya_studio_city.html

There is zero parking in the neighborhood, so just fork over the $3.50 and valet, ya cheapskate!

There is zero parking in the neighborhood, so just fork over the $3.50 and valet, ya cheapskate!

Rusty the dog owns this strip mall and will probably insist you pet him. Do not resist.

Rusty the dog owns this strip mall and will probably insist you pet him. Do not resist.

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The place is small so be prepared to wait if you don't have a ressie.

The place is small so be prepared to wait if you don’t have a ressie.

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Red Snapper Sushi

Red Snapper Sushi

Albacore Sushi

Albacore Sushi

Spanish Mackeral

Spanish Mackeral

Eel Sushi

Eel Sushi

Blue Crab Roll

Blue Crab Roll

Baked Green Mussels

Baked Green Mussels

Albacore Sashimi with Jalapeno

Albacore Sashimi with Jalapeno

Cajun Salmon Roll

Cajun Salmon Roll

Popcorn Shrimp Tempura on Spicy Tuna Roll

Popcorn Shrimp Tempura on Spicy Tuna Roll

Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna

Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna

Miso Marinated Black Cod

Miso Marinated Black Cod