Anyone who knows me knows I’ve been a huge fan of artist Philippe Starck since forever. I’d love a few Mademoiselle chairs or Louis ghost chairs and other pieces, but since those are out of reach for now, I can still get my little taste of Philippe Starck and his designs through his partnership with SBE.

Tonight I went to the grand opening of the Katsuya restaurant in San Diego with my cousins Rejel and April and my best friend Ann. Those of you familiar with the restaurant will recall that SBE has one in Los Angeles, along with many other locations as well. I’ve been to many SBE establishments including The Abbey and Hyde in Los Angeles and I didn’t expect anything less of the Katsuya in San Diego.


Katsuya, the product of Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi and designer Philippe Starck, really offers a unique approach to Japanese cuisine by juxtaposing traditional and modern cuisine in harmonious delight. Infusing old world techniques with contemporary sensibility isn’t an easy feat, especially at a day and age when fickle diners are always on the hunt for something refreshing but comforting at the same time. Sashimi platters with specialty pieces like the famed Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna invite diners to experience broadening their taste palettes but don’t completely shun fan favorites, instead presenting them in manifestations that can be appreciated by even the pickiest of eaters.

The drink menu is superb. Not one to be missed is the Cucumber Watermelon Mojito and The Screaming Mandarin, where even the spicy chili paste/sauce Sriracha has found an alcoholic appeal.


We did the tasting menu which brought out several little servings of food, and in doing so got to taste a variety of the chef’s favorites. I highly recommend visiting Katsuya the next time you’re in San Diego, you’ll be really pleased!

Katsuya San Diego
600 F Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(p) 619.214.8000
(e) katsuyasd@sbe.com

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