Katsu's the name: High-end Japanese fusion has come to Silicon Valley in the form of Katsu. That's Katsu, the chef, and Katsu, the restaurant. Diners' expectations are high for what's being touted as the newest destination restaurant for Los Gatos. That's because Katsuhiko "Katsu" Hanamure trained under the famed Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa, whom Forbes has called the "sushi chef to the stars." Nobu's also known for successfully meshing the cuisines of Japan and South America and now owns a string of eponymously named (and Michelin-starred) restaurants around the world -- including the ones in Greece and Switzerland, where Katsu held executive chef roles.
Naturally, Katsu's menu runs to the sublime. For a la carte diners, there's Spiny Lobster Sashimi with Caviar, Spicy Tuna Ceviche and Boneless Lamb with Wasabi Butter. His six-course omakase (chef's choice) lineup features Fire-Kissed Sashimi, American Kobe-style Tenderloin with Yuzu Butter and Broiled Black Cod with a Sweet Marinade. You can wash it all down with aged, limited-edition Flying Pegasus Sake.
Details: Open for dinner only, Tuesday-Saturday, at 160 W. Main St., Los Gatos. 408-354-0712; www.katsulosgatos.com.
Peninsula curry: Rana and Akash Kapoor have added another brick-and-mortar location to their Curry Up Now offerings. The Indian street food specialists now are serving their clever concoctions in Palo Alto. Look for Itsy-Bitsy Naan Bits with Tikka Masala Dip; Naughty Naan topped with lamb, cheese, onions and jalapeños; Deconstructed Samosas; and Sexy Fries, crosscut sweet potato fries smothered with paneer or pork belly -- an Indian take on poutine, if you will. This is the second wheels-free Curry Up Now for the Kapoors; their first opened in 2011 in downtown San Mateo. And they're still rolling to street festivals and catered events with their fleet of food trucks. Details: Open daily at 321 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. 650-477-1001; www.curryupnow.com.
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