I dig it..
Used to come here for social events but haven't been in a while. The food is solid, the wait staff on point and isn't too stuffy and snotty. A good mix of crowd and a staff that make you feel welcome. I've never been for dinner only had drinks and appetizers but it's on my list of must do. If you haven't - you should.
This place is LEGIT.
Stopped in here earlier this week for dinner. Taking in the neighborhood, I was expecting a bevy of rail thin waifs to be overpopulating the bar, but the original Katsuya has quite a different vibe from its neighbors or even its Hollywood counterpart. The atmosphere was relaxed and very easygoing, no bumpin' club music or rush to be escorted out of the place. The staff was friendly and accommodating, and the food, as expected, was top notch. This time I opted for something warm and settled for the shrimp tobanyaki, which was great. They really do their hot stuff just as well as their trademark sushi (which I dabbled in, couldn't resist a scallop roll). I don't make it out to the Brentwood area often, but next time I do, I think I've found my new local spot. 5 stars.
Bit Pretentious Rather Hit up Nobu.
Brentwood has some fine eateries. This is not the best one I can imagine. Just a ways down the street are fine Sushi alternatives. For a bit more dough, I'd hit up Nobu any day of the week.
The Starck interior is fun the first time around. The second time around it not so much intriguing. Alas, that is just the way it is. Go to Taschen a few times and you'll see what I mean. Don't get me wrong, if the food was as good as the book selection at Taschen, even remotely so, then I'd be going back to Katsuya because you just can't get it like that all in one place. UNFORTUNATELY you can get far better sushi, yakitori, and drink at any other place around town.
Overpriced for what it is in Brentwood, but if you don't care it is sorta good and not too much trouble to get to.