I first learned about Katsu Cafe through Kirk and Faye‘s blogs, and was always kind of interested in trying it out, only to end up at Lolita’s Taco Shop next door. However, a couple of weeks ago, we resolved to go check it out.
The menu is pretty Asian fusion – teriyaki bowls, “Americanized” sushi rolls, etc…
Spicy Salmon Bowl [$7.95]
I thought the spicy salmon bowl would be like a poké bowl and really wanted to try it. I suppose the salmon is chopped poké-style, but I was surprised at the vegetables served with it… wood-ear mushrooms, baby mushrooms, and chestnuts were not what I imagined with spicy salmon. (Also, I’m not sure what the stringy green veggies were.) The salmon was decent, though… Maybe the ahi tuna bowl would have been better – it seems like the toppings were more poké-esque (well, at least there seems to be seaweed?)
Crispy Cali Fries [$7.95]
S saw this and immediately made up his mind to try it. Basically their take on the now ubiquitous “another-ethnic-cuisine’s-version-of-carne-asada-fries” – with deep-fried California rolls over French fries. There’s spicy mayo and ponzu drizzled on top, and sprinkled with green onions. I actually really enjoyed this – the deep-fried California rolls worked quite nicely with the spicy mayo, although I didn’t end up eating the rolls and the fries together. The portion size of this dish was also very generous.
Mini Chicken Teriyaki Bowl [$3.75]
Finally, we ordered a mini chicken teriyaki bowl. We were debating between a teriyaki bowl or katsu (er, cutlet according to the menu), but thought that the katsu might be too much food. The chicken was grilled nicely and had pretty good flavor.
Overall, we had a decent meal at Katsu Cafe. It wasn’t super impressive to me – I guess I had high hopes for the poké and was a bit disappointed. It’s still a nice spot for a quick and cheap meal, although I could say the same about Lolita’s next door, which is where I’ll probably end up the next time that I’m in this plaza…
7605 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92111