We really enjoyed our dining experience at Katana. We we're quickly greeted and shown to our seats, as we had made a reservation. We were promptly offered beverages, our server was incredibly helpful and answered all our questions about the food and menu. Our party of 6 all ordered various Teppanyaki Entrees (all include a Japenese Onion Soup, Garden Salad, a choice of Steamed or Fried Rice, Mixed Teppan Veggies, Prawns and Jasmine Tea) The Fried Rice was fantastic, so flavorful, great texture, delicious. Our party really enjoyed the Japenese Onion Soup (I opted for extra salad, as I'm a vegetarian and the onion soup is made with a chicken stock) All our parties meat dishes (steak, chicken and prawns) were cooked and seasoned to perfection. Teppan Veggies were delicious, even my fiance who strongly dislikes broccoli, zucchini and mushrooms ate every veggie on his plate! Our chef Crow (not sure of the spelling of his name) was amazingly talented, we were so impressed with the show he put on for our group! We'll for sure be back and would highly reccomend Katana for a great night out with friends!
Went here with the better half for my B-day. First time experiencing this style of dining. As we were waiting and looking over our menu, I noticed that the chef at another table was preparing that table's dinner. I was impressed with the fork, knife and other utensils tossing. He made a trail of oil on the stove top and lit it on fire. Nice show. Then our chef arrived and he had a very heavy accent. He did the exact same thing as the other chef earlier. I ordered the Filet Mignon and tiger prawns and my better half ordered the chicken. The meals came with onion soup, salad, fried rice and two prawns appies and assorted veggies along with the entree meat. The show was ok overall, as I already knew what he was going to do. I thought at least they can personalized it a bit to not be so generic. The food was satisfactory, but they tendto drown the dishes with the same terayaki sauce. So all the dishes tasted about the same. The service from the waitress was non-exsistent. I had to request to have our drinks refilled and to take away the dirty dishes. The ambiance was very nice but a bit noisy as we could barely hear our chef and with his heavy accent we could not understand him at all. We just smile and nodded. Overall it was nice to say that I have experience this style of dining. Would I do it again in the near future, probably not. For what you get and pay for, I do not find that it was good value.
Me and my GF had dinner there last year. The cook (a younger guy) made the meal right in front of us. As many tables there are at their own seperate grill. Very skilled and enjoyable performance by him, even though he dropped something he was flipping around back onto the grill. Nearly bounced out and on the floor, but made a quick recovery. The food was in the air about half the time it seemed! Right after this happened, there was some older guy (manager?) with his arms folded, watching from maybe 30 feet away. And he said something in Asian to the cook, staring at him. No doubt about him screwing up...lol! Even the cook got a bit of a grin on his face. The food was delicious. I remember having steak, but it was diced up in small squares. I had to ask him to shake some salt on it...twice. After that, GREAT! My GF's meal was good she said, but I can't remember now what she had. The price was higher than someplace like ABC Family Restaurant. But not a lot higher, like say a seafood place. I think my dish was $17.50. And given the way it was prepared right in front of us, well worth the price. Very clean and modern style inside. Not very Classic though which would have been nicer, given the name "Katana". Which evokes images of the Samurai long ago, and their ancient swordmaking. But pleasant enough. And yes, I plan to go back sometime.
The interior was a kamikaze attack on your senses, much like a Japanese Moxies whereas Moxies is obviously trying very hard to be hip and Asian, Katana does it with little effort. Be warned, this is not your run of the mill eatery… although there is no dress code in effect the feel is definitely business casual – but sexy! The seats are very comfortable and the table-tops are very high. So if you are not exactly the tallest in the crowd you may consider a booster seat, or at very least a phone book to sit on.
Each dinner is divided into roughly five courses. We started off with separate appetizers consisting of gyoza and Ebi-Chili-Mayo (deep fried king size Tiger Prawns served with our special chili-mayo sauce, topped with corn chips).
VBallguy ordered the chicken meal, Gunshow ordered the steak and prawns while JPo ordered the Katana (chef’s special) consisting of chicken, shrimp and lobster. Prior to receiving the bulk of the meal everyone was served Japanese fried rice and a vegetable medley. Both items were equally outstanding. Very different, very good. The grilled veggies were cooked to perfection. The chicken was marinated and cooked well, the steak was marinated in sake and cooked medium-rare, the prawns and lobster were cooked and seasoned on the grill. Well presented yet creepy, the lobster tail was served in its own exoskeleton. That was really cool to start but at the end of the meal there was this empty tail left looking at you…
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First timers who've never experience Teppanyaki will probably like this place. For someone who's been to similar places, the Teppanyaki at Katana is OK. But the Fusion-Sushi roll collection is worth a try. You'll probably find something tasty.
Ambiance is pretty nice. A downtown look for suburbanites who refuse to go into Vancouver for something to Eat. However, we felt our bill was pretty pricey, especially when similar food and quality can be found in our area that's tamer on our wallet.
Love this restaurant. We take the kids, go with large groups, or come here on date nights. The food is always great. The sushi is delish, and I think the prices are awesome because you get so much food! Come hungry and dont judge the restaurant by the outer appearance. And the people that said it was bad food probably dont like tepan grill style restaurants because I have eaten at allot of them and this one is very good.
Katana has really good food and awesome atmosphere! It's fun to watch the chefs create your dinner masterpiece! The prices are high, but are much more reasonable than comparable restaraunts such as Kobe's downtown and the food is pretty much the same at both places. Can't wait for a special occasion to go there again! My kids loved it too.
Katana has been on my radar for awhile now and the past weekend I've finally had an opportunity to try it out. Went on a Friday night and our group of 6 had made a reservation and were promptly seated. Drinks and appys came out quickly, service was fast but lacking that bit of friendliness, nothing to complain about though.
We had a few orders of tempura to start and they were great. Light and not too greasy but the main course was outstanding. I opted for the steak and scallops. The chef put on a great show, was funny and talkative. His food was cooked perfectly to my liking. The scallops were out of this world. The steak cooked perfectly medium rare. The side of rice and veggies was great also. We washed down our meals with a couple rounds of sake and we're impressed. Everyone in the restaurant seemed to be having a great time.
Compared to Kobe, I'd choose Katana. It's a bit cheaper and the food is better in my opinion. Closer to home as well! Not somewhere I'd dine regularly but once in awhile it'd be great!
Better than KOBE steakhouse in downtown Vancouver, considering that it's east of the fraser river.
Filet Mignon, medium rare is my favorite. The bite sized pieces are mouth watering tender. The ebi mayo is a great starter dish.
The show they put on is always entertaining and great for any kids that come along. Service is friendly, cooks have great attitudes.
OVerall, a great place to celebrate with friends and enjoy an entertaining meal with some good sake!
We went there for our 6th year anniversary and was amazed by the whole experience. Mike you are an incredible chef and we will be recommending you to all our friends. Hope to be back real soon! All I can say is yummmmmmmmm!!!! Had the prawns, chicken and lobter and I've never ate so much. The staff was very quick, friendly and inviting. It's nice to be in such an inviting atmosphere, where you can dine as a couple or as a family.
This place is all about the excitement, it’s hard to have a bad time when there is a show being put on for you! For those of you who don't know they recently stopped serving sushi, now it’s only the stuff around the tables . . . Expensive but fun, go for a special occasion!
Never been disappointed in this restaurant, been three times and we've been very happy each time. Still have yet to try the sushi, as we've got several favorites already for that. For those that remember Benihana in Delta, in my opinion this place is better. My only gripe is that it's usually quite cold due to the fans, and your food cools off quickly.
the food sucks if you like osaka dont go to katana they cover all your food in this disgusting sloopy sauce the sauce is so sweet so is the rice save your money this place sucks, soup was about the only good thing the crowd was your local want to be gangsters, again dont go avoid disapointment wish I did it was mty anniversary and it really was bad never ate a bite waste of money
We were just at Katana's friday night there were 11 of us our cook Tony was so bad he burnt all of our food,steak ,prawns,lobster,scallops,chicken,he let it sit on the blackened burning grill and left it on there till it was black even after we told him.They use no spices,butter and very little sauce,THis was the worst I have ever had,We have been going to Osaka's and Kobes for many years and have always enjoyed the food,The ginger and musterd sauce was just awful.I complained to the manager and told him to taste the burnt food,with 11 of us ordering the $55.00 meal and drinks it was going to be a large bill.After he tried the burnt food he said no charge for anything so that tells you how bad it was.I strongly suggest you do not waist your time or money on this restaurant.you will not be happy.
Definitely one of the best sushi places in town. Their fusion rolls are inventive and delicious, but nothing beats the more traditional rolls such as the Gozilla Roll and Rainbow Roll. They bring all the great favorites of a California Roll, Dynamite Roll and Unagi Roll into one fabulous bite. The sashimi is perfect, and it melts in your mouth just like it should. They have a fantastic array of Nigiri to choose from. Every morsel is fresh and amazing.
The price is average, but well worth the $$$. The service is pretty solid. (Probably better than when you’re blending into a large crowd at the tapenake table.) The ambience is solid as well … yes it’s not Kobe’s but I’m not there to look at the wallpaper.
My advice is GO FOR THE SUSHI! The other guy obviously found the Tapenake very disappointing … but we go there at least once a week, and we’ve never had a bad meal at Katana. We’ve eaten at about 20 sushi restaurants in the lower mainland, including the Japanese Cultural centre that serves the authentic stuff, and this is right up there.
Very disapointing. Although the food was cooked well & it is always fun to watch them cook, everything had the same flavors added to it. There were 4 in our group, 2 had the lobster/prawn & chicken dish, 1 had scallops/prawn & 1 had prawn/chicken. Every single dish had the same sauce added to it, leaving everything with the same flavoring. Was nice to start with but sickening by the end. Considering prices start at $25 for that kind of food we will not be back. To bad, we were looking forward to a new eatery.
Do you know, beside Sushi, Japanese is also known to the world for it's steak and cooking sea food ? One of the best place to appreciate Japanese food is this Katana.
I had my meal there today and was impressed by the taste of food, sweetness of the service and uniqueness of the ambiance.
If you like here, recommend it to your friend; if you do not like here, send your enemy here.