Haute Sushi Face-Off: Katsuya & Koi

Those who know their sushi will tell you that Los Angeles simply has the best and will probably put Katsuya or Koi somewhere on their favorites list. Both restaurants are known for delivering top notch cuisine as well as packing their restaurants full of celebrities and socialites all week long. Though either restaurant is worth the visit, only the most devoted of followers can decide who could win such a face-off.

The red, white and dragon themed restaurant is apart of the famous SBE group that bring you other Los Angeles restaurant favorites such as XIV by Michael Mina and Gladstone’s. This Hollywood restaurant has become a haven for raw sushi lovers who order dishes such as Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice or Spicy Albacore Sashimi with Crispy Onion, two of Katsuya’s most popular dishes. Since most dishes on this menu are worth trying, the clever Katsuya chefs offer multiple course Prix Fixe meals as well as new additions to the week. Lucky Seven, a new Katsuya addition, offers diners seven mini-tastings with spicy garlic wings and tuna tacos being two of the seven available offerings. Other additions such as Sake Mondays and various lunch specials keep foodies on their toes with new things to try.

Katsuya Hollywood is located at 6300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

This Japanese restaurant with a hint of California flare has been a celebrity hangout and favorite since its grand opening. The beautifully decorated restaurant featuring a popular outdoor dining area brings sushi lovers traditional favorites as well as new creations from the executive chef such as Kobe Beef Carpaccio or the Lobster Tacos with Yuzu Guacamole and Mango Salsa. Though most sushi restaurants focus on the sushi rather than beverages and dessert, Koi makes sure to deliver the best of the best, such as signature cocktails like the Koi Lychee Martini and Tangerine Cosmo. The desserts at Koi are also unlike any you’ll probably experience at a Japanese restaurant, such as the vanilla crème brulee or the chef’s dessert sampler. Though it is the perfect place for a special occasion, regulars seem to always keep coming back to Koi.

Koi Restaurant is located at 730 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90069.