New to Austin: February 2017
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2713 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78702
The team behind Ramen Tatsu-Ya has brought its talents to the east side with their newest project, Kemuri Tatsu-Ya, inspired by the word “smoke” in Japanese. A full service, full bar restaurant serving smoked meats, yakitori, ramen and izakaya classics, the restaurant is a reflection of owner and acclaimed chef Tatsu Aikawa’s upbringing as a Japanese native who moved to central Texas at a young age. Kemuri Tatsu-Ya offers a menu of small sharable dishes, smoked offerings like duck, mackerel and brisket, unique creations like Texas chili cheese takoyaki—a riff on frito pie—and, of course, two ramens: Texas Ramen with barbeque brisket and Tsukemen aka “Texas Butter,” a Kotteri dipping ramen. The restaurant also proudly showcases a thoughtfully selected sake and shochu menu alongside a variety of local and Japanese beer and whiskey options. And with its interior’s carefully cultivated blend of Old Austin charm and reverence for Japanese tradition, you’ll have no problem getting comfortable in this warm, casual atmosphere.