Dynamite Sushi Roll.
The dynamite sushi roll consisted of a spicy mix of salmon, tuna, and yellowtail. To me the star of a sushi roll is the rice. There’s too many Japanese restaurants that make the rice too sticky to the point where it’s mushy but Katana Ya was authentic as it gets.
While the sushi is fresh and delicious, I would save my appetite for the ramen.
This is the first time I’ve had ramen in the U.S., other than in Japan 5 years ago, so when I think of ramen the image of a cheap package of Shin ramen. But this is far from dried processed noodles with little seasoning packages.
Katana Ya has completely changed my opinion on Japanese ramen. We chose the Katanaya Ramen which included ramen noodles, corn, fried chicken, fried potstickers, seaweed, scallions, BBQ pork, and a boiled egg.
You get your choice of 3 kinds of soup: salt, soy, and miso. Salt didn’t sound appetizing to me, soy can be overpowering, and I typically don’t like miso soup. I went ahead and ordered the miso which was amazing.
Katana Ya is the perfect spot during a cold and winter day. There’s nothing that soothes the soul more than a big, hot steaming bowl of noodles.
The first thing that I noticed other than the authentic small size of the restaurant was that all of it’s customers were of Asian descent. This shows that the food is authentic and catered toward the people of that cuisine.
Back in Austin we have several Japanese restaurants (including the well known Uchi & Uchiko) but no one serves Japanese style ramen. Kome owned by Sushi A-gogo did just open up but the word is that the ramen isn’t authentic and overpriced.
430 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102