You’d never know that the Katsuya of today got its start in a strip mall in Studio City; now, the chain occupies some of the slickest spaces around, thanks in no small part to Phillippe Starck (and a major partnership with sbe). For a more laid-back vibe, we actually prefer Chef Katsuya’s take on a traditional Japanese izakaya in West Hollywood. It’s impossible to skip the spicy tuna on crispy rice, though the crab and creamy popcorn shrimp tempura probably shouldn’t be missed, either.

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