Ramen Tatsu-ya’s Texas Japanese izakaya Kemuri was named as one of men's magazine GQ’s best new restaurants of 2017. It’s the only Texas spot on the alphabetically-presented list, which also includes Aska in Brooklyn, Salazar in Los Angeles, and Han Oak in Portland.
Writer Brett Martin was taken by Kemuri’s vibe, describing it as “giddy,” “riotous,” and “a saloon out of a Quentin Tarantino fever dream.” The menu followed suit with its tiki drinks made with Japanese shochu, takoyaki Frito pie, and the “patently stupid” (in a good way) smoked jalapeno.
The last time Austin restaurants made the magazine's list was in 2015, with Dai Due and the bakery from the now-gone St. Philip from the Uchi team. The no-longer Qui and La Barbecue were ranked in 2014, Barley Swine in 2012, and Uchiko in 2010.