Holla! New ramen shop opening in Austin. You guys know I’m a big fan of authentic ramen. I even tried to make my own last month and when I recover from the PTSD it caused, I will blog about it. Luckily, I won’t have to attempt it again any time soon since Tatsu-ya is filling the void. Mr. Betty and I high-tailed it to the soft opening over the weekend and had a delicious preview of how lucky our city is about to be.
Located at 8557 Research Blvd, right by Din Ho, Ramen Tatsu-ya is sure to be a hit. I love that this area boasts some of the best Chinese and Vietnamese in the area…and now Japanese. And Mr. Tramps is within walking distance. So, you know: win, win, win, win.
The soft opening was a blast and I was so impressed. I’ve been to authentic ramen shops that offered little in the way of ambiance and no one ever minded. People stared into their bowls and concentrated on slurping their noodles. Ramen Tatsu-ya gives you more to look at than your noodles. This place is so cool! The clean, modern decor and communal seating made me feel right at home. The red, white, and black theme is carried throughout, even to the bathrooms. But more on that in a minute.
We ordered two bowls of ramen. Both were tonkotsu broth based with various other ingredients. Both were divine. They plan on expanding their offerings to include vegetarian options and I’ll be excited to try those, too.
The Tonkotsu Original was rich and velvety. Satisfied with the normal toppings, we opted not to add any of the many additional ones offered. We did add a Spicy Bomb, which came in the form of a thick red paste and spiced up the broth. They have a Mexican Bomb, too, which I was told gives the soup a tortilla soup-like warmth. I will definitely be checking that out.
The Miso came in two versions, Mi-So-Hot or Mi-So-Not. Naturally, we got the hot. Look at how amazing that looks! It tasted just as good. Can’t wait to have this again.
We also had an order of gyoza and the succulent dumplings were light and delicious. Really, really good.
Even though this was a soft opening and they were working out the kinks, I could detect none. Service was perfect, food was fast and delicious. I anticipate a line out the door as soon as people realize what a gem this is. So hurry up and go. Ramen Tatsu-ya aims to open in the beginning of September. Check out their website and keep up with the news and updates on Facebook and Twitter.
Bonus, you can pick up some other fun Japanese treats at the counter like Hi-Chew, Pocky, and various sodas and drinks.
And now, as promised, here are some shots of the restrooms. How amazing is this?! I foresee some Chronicle Awards in their future.
Ramen Tatsu-ya will warm your heart and belly with its delicious ramen that truly is a labor of love to make. If you are uninitiated into the world of ramen, this is the place to get started. I promise you won’t be disappointed.