Highland Japanese restaurant Sazan Ramen is expanding with a second restaurant in West Campus this year. The new restaurant, Daiboku on 29, will be found on 609 West 29th Street, opening sometime in late 2022.
While Sazan is known for its tori paitan ramen, made with a creamy chicken broth, the restaurant will switch things up for the new restaurant. Instead, the West Campus restaurant will serve miso-style ramen.
Also on deck will be appetizers such as chicken wings, dumplings, takoyaki, and mochi. There will be a full bar as well, serving cocktails, Japanese whiskys, and beer.
Leading Sazan’s kitchen is newish chief kitchen officer Kris Hammond, who joined the team in late 2020. Before the Austin restaurant, the Korean-Japanese-Italian-American chef worked at Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant GreenRiver, Michelin Bib Gourmand Shanghai restaurant Alma, and Colorado restaurant the Regional. Then there’s owner and CEO Taiki Wakayama, who had operated a bunch of East Coast ramen restaurants; and managing partner and COO Darrel Oribello.
Hammond revealed the name of the restaurant over the weekend at the Austin Food & Wine Festival in early November.
Update, Tuesday, November 8, 9:45 a.m.: This article, originally published on May 31, has been updated with new details about Sazan’s second restaurant, including its menu and name.