Diana first introduced me to Katsuya, which has become one of my favorite sushiterias in L.A. Although it is turning into the In ‘N’ Out Burger of raw fish–with three locations here, two more opening, and one to come in My Hammy–there is nothing in the world quite like their crispy rice with spicy tuna.
The sushi chefs blowtorch the rice, shave a little jalapeno pepper on top of the tuna, et voila…perfection.
Philippe Starck designed the third Katsuya, which opened last year in Brentwood with much annoying fanfare. I still prefer eating at the original Studio City location, however, for one simple reason. Katsuya Brentwood looks…
…like an insane asylum cafeteria in Tokyo.
Not that I have anything against cold, sterile spaces that call to mind J. Lo’s dressing room as per the infamous “white room, white drapes, white couches, white candles” rider. Nor do I have anything against designer Philippe Starck. That is, until tonight, when I saw this billboard on the Strip and almost cracked up my Volvo:
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