If you were to look up best ramen in America you wouldn’t think to look for it in Austin, Texas. You would think to look in San Francisco, New York or even Seattle. But on the South side of Austin between a flying pizza shop and a wine bar sits Ramen Tatsu-ya.
Now I’m not one of those bloggers who sits here and tells you chef so and so made this dish. His thought process was this and so forth. Ainsley and I already do that with our interviews. Today I had the pleasure of taking one of my dearest friends to one of our favorite places to eat. It’s not fancy. It’s not really trendy anymore. My friend and I found this place a couple of years ago. We have continued this tradition every time she has come back to visit.
Ramen Tatsu-ya is one of those places that you go to feel at home. A warm smiling face greets you when you walk in. We went during happy hour. I don’t drink and my friend chose not to drink today. We picked our drinks. I, as usual got water while my friend got this apple soda. I’m not sure what it was but it looked good. We happily made our order with the young lady. My friend got the veggie Ramen which had soy and mushroom broth, tofo, brussel sprouts, corn, menma, wood ear mushrooms and greens. She added extra noodles and a spicy bomb. The spicy bomb is no joke. I am someone who does not like heat. I tried it once and I can still feel the pain. One thing that we love about Tatsu-ya is the presentation. Bright colors mixed with bold flavors is something that you just cannot pass up. With over 10 ounces of ramen it is so hard to finish. You definitely get your moneys worth. For myself I ordered that tonkotsu original. This was my first time ordering the original. For me I have a hard time ordering what most of the customers order. I like to be a rebel and get something that is less popular. But today I just thought why not. Pork bone broth, chashua, jitama, wood ear mushrooms, and scallions. I also added extra noodles and a corn bomb. The corn bomb reminds me of creamed corn. So creamy and full of flavor. For me growing up I was raised, like most Americans, by the square plastic bags with what we called “ramen”. As I became an adult I’ve learned that I needed to grow up, and so does my choice of ramen. Tatsu-ya does that for me. They make me feel like I have grown up to be the adult I am. So much love is poured into my bowl. With every bite. Every spoonful of broth you can taste it. The richness of the broth is one that only comes with experience and love. Making a broth that is so rich and full of flavor is really hard to do. If it were easy you would see ramen shops in every city. But you don’t. Heck you find some in this city and it feels like you are just eating ramen from the plastic square bag. Tatsu-ya gives you love. Respect of the noodle and broth is so evident. It’s so hard to explain what I feel and taste when I shovel the ramen in my mouth.
The staff is so friendly. They circle the restaurant making sure that every customer has what they need. The first time that I experienced this I was a little freaked out. Since then I have learned to accept this. Thus making thier presence great. I know that if I do need something I would only have to wait a minute til the next employee will walk by and I can be helped. Now don’t think that you can walk into tatsu-ya and just eat a couple of bowls and think you know everything about ramen. But if you are looking for a great place that has great ramen. Then tatsu-ya is the place for you. It’s very rare that you ever not find a line out the door. So be prepared to stand and wait. If you are an Austinite than you are no stranger to a line just to order food.
Ramen Tatsuya has 2 locations in Austin
8557 Research Blvd #126
Austin, TX 78758