Ramen in the Lone Star State
Texas is famous for a variety of cuisines, but Japanese food isn’t one of them. So if I told you that one of the best bowls of ramen I ever ate was in Austin, you probably wouldn’t believe me.
But in a small shopping center in North Austin, you’ll find Ramen Tatsu-ya, Austin’s first authentic, brick-and-mortar Japanese ramen shop. The restaurant, a collaboration between local chefs and DJs Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto, serves up genuine bowls of Japanese Tonkotsu ramen.
The noodles are incredibly thin and cooked “bari-kata” (which essentially means al dente) and the pork-bone-based broth is made in house. Masterfully cooked with chasiu, wood ear mushrooms, ajitama (soft-boiled) egg, and scallions, this ramen tastes like something you could only find in Fukuoka City. In addition to delicious ramen, the menu has a few other surprises such as katsu sliders and coconut milk-infused tapioca.
When traveling to Austin, people find themselves looking forward to eating breakfast tacos and barbecue. I would argue that you can officially add ramen to this list as well. The ramen is so good at Ramen Tatsu-ya, that you’ll need to say "Sumimasen!" to get an extra order of noodles to finish your broth.
Ramen Tatsu-ya | 8557 Research Blvd. #126