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Finally made it over to Studio City for dinner at Kiwami from the Katsu-Ya group. Kiwami (which means “the ultimate”) opened in 2008 on the Valley’s “Sushi Row” a few doors down from the original Katsu-Ya. Kiwami’s interior is a bit more stylish than the original Katsu-Ya and features a darkly lit casual modern vibe. The food is, of course, fantastic and serves up really fresh contemporary sushi. The focus is a bit more on the traditional side but his fusion favorites, such as crispy rice cake with spicy tuna or the 4-½ roll, are on offer as well. There’s also a smattering of meat and seafood dishes for variety.
Kiwami seems to be more about table dinning than at the sushi bar. It feels a bit more like a restaurant than a sushi bar, which I quite like, especially at dinner. For those that want “the ultimate” treatment Kiwame offers an Omakase dinner that is prepared by Katsuya Uechi himself, in a private Sushi Bar in the back. Better call in advance for that privilege.
The Katsu-Ya by Starck restaurants in Brentwood and Hollywood are more focused on trendy interiors and “ the hang,” truthfully I think their food is at best uneven and occasionally bad. At Kiwami the food is the star, and if you’ve enjoyed Katsu-Ya Studio City/Encino you’ll be happy here. So check it out! Seems like celebs Gwen Stefani and Miley Cyrus have.
11920 Ventura Blvd
Studio City CA 91604