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Ramen Tatsu-ya

8557 Research Blvd., Ste. 126 (Fairfield Dr.) Send to Phone
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Lines form early to savor the Japanese soul food at this authentic Kyushu-style noodle house.

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Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun.
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Ramen Tatsu-ya Restaurant Review

: Claiming to be Austin’s first ramen brick-and-mortar, Ramen Tatsu-ya, a 32-seater, was an immediate success when it opened in 2012. And while the lines move quickly, if you’re looking to linger over long conversations, think twice before arriving during peak times. Of course, there’s great reason for the crowd: the ramen lives up to the hype, with the tonkotsu (pork bone) taking center stage. The broth, a laborious effort, results in a silky profile that bears no resemblance to the packaged ramen consumed by collegians. This pork base, along with thin noodles, are hallmarks of the Kyushu-style that's the backbone of Ramen Tatsu-ya’s menu. For dinner, it’s hard to deviate from the tonkotsu original, which includes chachu (soy-braised pork belly), ajitama (marinated soft-boiled egg), wood ear mushrooms and scallions. When shaking things up a bit, we go for the miso-hot ramen, a spicy miso-based tonkotsu with ground pork, napa cabbage, bean sprouts and ajitama. Adding menma (marinated bamboo shoot) and fried Brussels sprouts make this extra hearty and well-rounded. Be forewarned that the lunch menu is pared down considerably, with only Tokyo-style chicken-based or vegetable-based broths available.



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