If you drive by Katsu on Rosecrans and Highland, you probably won't even notice it is there. They do not have any signage on the building! There is a red awning and a door with an "A" rating hung on it and that is it. You better know what you are looking for. But most good restaurants gain customers by word of mouth and Katsu certainly is proof of that point. You rarely have to wait for a seat for lunch, but at the same time they don't often have many open tables. Parking can be a bit of an issue, especially in summer time when beach goers are out. There is parking on either side of Rosecrans with parking meters that take credit cards and in the two story parking structure at the northeast corner of Rosecrans and Highland with parking meters that take coins only.
At first blush, Katsu might seem like a typical "beach sushi" restaurant when you are greeted by a surf board hanging on the wall. But Katsu is anything but "beach sushi". The food is high quality and very authentic Japanese sushi. The atmosphere is fairly quiet and obviously geared toward business people. There is a small sushi bar with about 6 seats and then two levels of tables for two or four in this tri-level restaurant. The restaurant is traditional Japanese fare with curry, soba, bento, and a number of different "dons" or bowls. The pricing is quite reasonable given the quality of the food and the proximity to the beach.
Each lunch is served with hot tea, miso soup, and a fresh salad with light dressing. My favorite lunch order is the "chirashi" sushi bowl. It contains a generous amount of sushi rice topped with a diverse array of sashimi. I will list the fish in order of my personal preference from least favorite to most favorite.
Salmon roe - separated by a shiso leaf
Uni (sea urchin) - two or three small pieces
Ebi (shrimp) - one small piece
Sake (salmon) - two pieces
Tai (red snapper) - two pieces
Tako (octopus) - two small pieces
Shiro maguro (albacore tuna) - two pieces
Hotate (scallop) - two small pieces
Maguro (tuna) - two pieces
In additional to the ubiquitous wasabi and ginger, the bowl is topped with a couple of sprigs of daikon radish sprouts and a half slice of gobo root. Finally, the meal is completed with a small scoop of green tea ice cream. At $12, this is a great deal for fresh, authentic Japanese sushi.
Katsu is a great place to have lunch with a small number of colleagues. It is difficult to sit together if the party is larger than 4 or six. If you sit in the lowest of the three levels, you can see the ocean and beach from your table and enjoy a some of the best Japanese food in Manhattan Beach. If you are able to find it, I am sure you will be quite pleased with your discovery.
Best Sushi Happy Hour in the South Bay 7 days a week. Crispy Spicy Tuna is a fav and they use real crab in their rolls. Don't laugh, you'd be surprised how many places don't. Superb Uni and Spanish Mackeral. The Bento Box is a good value at lunch and Tekka Don is even better. The prices are good and the sushi is always fresh - you can tell by how many Japanese and locals regularly visit this place. It's in El Porto so it doesn't get as much visitor … more
KATSU SUSHI IS RAW-SOME! . The other review was dead-on - look around at how many people that really know sushi (aka Japanese) are there. Sometimes lots of JAL flight attendants. Food is really good and the place is fun. This is superior quality sushi in a casual fun atmosphere, the way it's supposed to be! Get there, now!
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