The owners of Austin’s most popular ramen shop have mashed up Japanese and Texas traditions with their latest endeavor, Kemuri Tatsu-Ya, which opens today in East Austin, is a Japanese izakaya that also serves smoked meat. The hybridization echoes the background of chef-owner Tatsu Aikawa, who was born in Japan and moved to Texas at a young age.
The restaurant, which is located in the old Live Oak BBQ building at 2713 E. Second St., serves dishes like grilled chicken thighs and meatballs, and smoked offerings such as duck, mackerel and brisket. That brisket makes its way into one of two ramens that are also on the menu. Kemuri Tatsu-Ya serves cocktails, sake and shochu, along with Japanese beer and whiskey and local beers.
Kemuri Tatsu-Ya serves dinner Wednesday-Sunday, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Hungry? Check out the restaurant’s Instagram page.