Keith and I met up with my bff Lucinda and her husband James for dinner at Izakaya by Katsuya, as it was nearby our hotel and only about 20 minutes from their house. Luckily we had reservations because there was quite a wait when we arrived with an already packed and bustling dining room. We were seated right away and greeted by our server, Asami, who explained they are a traditional Japanese restaurant where everything is in small plates and meant to be shared and ordered spread throughout the evening.
By now, I was a couple drinks in and already getting full but the guys wanted more so we ordered another sashimi sampler and some fresh oysters that came with three different kinds loaded with either wasabi, uni, or jalapeno. Overall, the atmosphere at Izakaya was upbeat and loud with many groups of four or more. The service was attentive and speedy and the food was very fresh with both classic Japanese dishes and those with distinct California flare (avocado or jalapeno on EVERYTHING). I would be interested to try some of the cooked meat or noodle dishes too. We had a great time at Izakaya and I recommend sushi lovers check it out, although be prepared to spend some money as the drinks and sushi samplers add up quickly.
Total Rating: 3.75
Food: 4, Price: 3, Service: 4, Ambience: 3.5, Accessibility: 4
What I ate:
with albacore and jalapeno, ahi tuna, sable fish with crispy onions, ahi tuna rolled in cucumber
Crispy Rice with Salmon & Crab Roll
Yellowtail Sashimi Tasting
Whitefish Sashimi Tasting
spicy tuna with avocado on top