Semifinalist – Best New Restaurant 2018


The 2018 James Beard Awards Gala will take place on Monday, May 7, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The 2018 Media Awards will be held on Friday, April 27, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

Eater Austin “Restaurant of the Year”


Chefs Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto know what they’re doing when it comes to Japanese food. The evidence? Soothing warming bowls from Ramen Tatsu-ya. For their follow-up trick, they decided to marry what they know best: Texas and Japanese techniques and ingredients.

Austin Chronicle “Best New Restaurant”


“Every bowl is like a warm hug from your mama telling you life is going to go your way.” – Kelsie Laing

Austin Monthly Restaurant of the Year 2017


Owners Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto merge the flavors of Texas and Japan in their Lone Star–inflected izakaya.

#8 Best New Restaurant in America


Fun. That’s the one word that defined this year’s best new restaurants. Fun food, fun vibe, fun experience. And at no place did I party more than at Kemuri Tatsu-ya in East Austin.

The 12 Best New Restaurants in America

JULY 26, 2017  |  EATER

Eater’s roving restaurant critic Bill Addison released his anticipated 2017 edition of the best new restaurants found across America after months of traveling, and Austin’s Kemuri Tatsu-ya landed on the list.

How to Spend a Night in Austin

JUNE 11, 2017  |  VICE

The Texas-style izakaya offers a traditional lineup (yakitori, kushiyaki, sashimi), but the menu is also stuffed with delicious bastardizations of the small-plate Japanese gastropubs.

Chronicle Editor’s Top Austin Restaurant Is Kemuri Tatsu-Ya


Watson also shared his personal top ten favorite restaurants of the year, ranked but unexplained. Leading the pack is hot newcomer Kemuri Tatsu-ya.

GQ’s Best New Restaurants in America 2017

APRIL 20, 2017  |  GQ

After exploring everything from neo-Nordic in Brooklyn to Korean pizza in Minneapolis to ecstatic Mexican food in LA, GQ’s Brett Martin knows the 10 restaurants you need to visit in the U.S. this year.

Cultural exchange: Excellent Kemuri Tatsu-Ya mashes up Texas and Japan

MARCH 30, 2017  |  Austin American Statesman

Leave it to two hip-hop DJs to find a way to layer seemingly disparate threads into a tight, electric groove that feels wholly original.

Our Ramen Changed Texas, And Texas Changed Our Ramen

FEBRUARY 23, 2017  |  Bon Appetit

When we opened Ramen Tatsu-ya in Austin in 2012, we were the first ramen shop in the city, and we didn’t want to Americanize it.

How One Ramen Boss Is Blending Texan BBQ Smoke with Japanese Cuisine

January 17, 2017  |  Vice / Munchies

There’s a little bit of smoke rising above the Holly neighborhood in East Austin recently, where Tatsu Aikawa and his partner, Tako Matsumoto.

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya is Your New Food Obsession

January 3, 2017  |  DO512

The Japanese word ‘Kemuri’ translates to ‘Smoke’ in English. So it is fitting that Austin’s newest Japanese restaurant places a delicious focus on smoking all manner of delectable, tapas-style dishes.

First Look: Kemuri Tatsu-ya Brings Izakaya Culture to East Austin

January 11, 2017  |  Zagat First Look

Fans of Ramen Tatsu-ya‘s special release brisket ramen had their minds blown late last week, when the noodle shop with a cult following opened its latest concept, an izakaya called Kemuri.

Inside Ramen Tatsu-Ya’s Funky Texas Izakaya

January 3, 2017  |  Eater Austin

Austin’s favorite noodle soup slingers Ramen Tatsu-ya is shaking things up with it’s third highly-anticipated restaurant in Austin.