After a lot of rumors and plenty of mystery surrounding its arrival, much-lauded Austin ramen shop Ramen Tatsu-Ya is finally ready to open its doors in Houston.
A spokesperson for Ramen Tatsu-Ya tells Eater that the restaurant will officially begin serving up the city’s hottest new bowl of noodles early next week at 1722 California Street in Montrose. The restaurant joins two Ramen Tatsu-Ya outposts in Austin, and marks the eatery’s first expansion outside of Capitol City.
For the unfamiliar, Chefs Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto first opened Ramen Tatsu-Ya in 2012, and quickly earned praise from locals and critics alike for its excellent bowls of noodles and broth. In Houston, the newest location of Tatsu-Ya will serve up a vibe that its masterminds describe as “traditional Japanese ramen meets DJ culture” in a space that features artwork from local artists and design elements like custom rope lamps, vaulted ceilings, and red glass tile.
As far as the menu is concerned, diners can look forward to seven different types of ramen, ranging from a classic chashu-topped tonkotsu to tsukemen, or noodles served with a reduced pork broth for dipping. Also look out for the restaurant’s small plates, like the Sweet & Sour Yodas, or brussels sprouts that are spiced with a curry blend and tossed in apricot vinegar.
Ramen Tatsu-Ya is set to open its doors on Monday, February 20, and don’t be surprised if Houstonians line up for their first taste of this imported noodle sensation. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday.