Ramen Tatsu-Ya, a new ramen shop with some serious (read: Michelin-starred) pedigrees will open September 1st in North Austin on Research Boulevard. Between them, chefs (and former deejays, seriously) Tatsu Aikawa and Takyua Matsumoto have honed their skills at Musashino, Second Bar + Kitchen, Urasawa. Now, it's time for Austin to reap the benefits.
Via a press release sent this afternoon, Tatsu Aikawa says:
"We want to educate people on what ramen truly is. It's the soul food of Japan. The process of broth-making can take an extremely long time in order to draw out the flavors from each ingredient."As part of that education, Ramen Tatsu-Ya sent along a how-to methodology for enjoying their ramen.
· 1. Chopsticks only (we have training chopsticks on request)
· 2. Sip the broth first, before digging into your noodles. Allow the steam to waft into your face and savor the smell ... feel it run down your spine.
· 3. Finish all the noodles before they get soggy! Yes, they do get soggy.
· 4. Never. Never share your ramen.
· 5. Slurp! Do it loud and shamelessly. This act actually aerates the broth and enhances the flavor of the noodles, similar to wine.
· 6. Add toppings after sampling the original flavors.
· 7. If you're still hungry after finishing your noodles, but have some broth remaining you can request more by saying "Sumimasen!" (Kae-dama meaning: extra noodles)
Ramen Tatsu-Ya is currently in soft opening, serving from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. before expanding to regular hours on Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. They'll also serve a "small list of local and Japanese beer and sake."
Stay tuned to Eater Austin for a sneak peek photo tour inside the restaurant later this week.
UPDATE: The restaurant folks say they're amending the initial opening hours since they've been so overwhelmed with interest during the soft opening: they're "grateful, but overwhelmed." Ramen Tatsu-Ya will be open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
[Photo: Ramen Tatsu-Ya/Facebook]