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 Katsuya

Katsuya Laguna Beach keeps things new with a host of specials and an evolving menu. –By Micaela Myers

In early 2011, we all watched as Katsuya’s first Orange County location, the spot on Coast Highway, previously home to Hush, transformed into a new local hotspot. Since opening this past summer, Katsuya continues to stay new and relevant with special offers and a dynamic menu.

The restaurant features the design mastery of Philippe Starck combined with the taste creations of Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi. The chef’s specialty is translating Japanese flavors for the American palate.

“Katsuya features traditional Japanese fare, sushi and an expansive menu of Robata selections prepared over an open flame, which is a rare combination of items,” says General Manager Jenny Morinaka.

The menu is designed to be enjoyed family style. For a crunchy twist on albacore sashimi, try the spicy albacore sashimi topped with crispy onion. A Katsuya signature item, the miso marinated black cod features sweet miso and baked black cod. Vegetarians will also be treated to the full flavor of tasty items, such as the agedashi tofu, vegetable tempura, tofu salad, vegetable rolls and more. To try all the chef’s best creations, opt for the full tasting menu.

While Katsuya offers an extensive sake selection designed to be paired with specific menu items, diners can also choose specialty signature drinks made with fresh juices. The namesake Katsuya Fresh is not too sweet and very refreshing, featuring Rokk vodka, Rokk sake and hand crushed English cucumbers with fresh lime juice. The Dragon cocktail tastes almost like lemonade, but actually includes Beluga vodka shaken with yazu and ginger. These and a host of others are now offered for $10 during Katsuya’s daily happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. in the bar area and Dragon Room. Happy hour specials also include $7 well drinks, hot sake and wine, $5 sushi rolls, and $5 – $9 signature dishes.

To try and lure in more locals, Katsuya also recently launched a discount program, where locals showing their SchoolPower Locals Card get 10 percent off with proceeds benefitting the Laguna Beach Unified School District.

With a hip atmosphere, fresh ingredients, a singular take on Japanese cuisine, and a constantly evolving list of deals for locals and visitors alike, it’s a safe bet that Katsuya will remain a Coast Highway hotspot.  LBM

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