Tatsu Ramen's second iteration, which takes over a prime spot on the corner of Melrose and La Brea, soft opens July 26 with some of the most advanced ramen in Los Angeles. First off, a dedicated noodle-making operation in house that guests will get to see right when they walk in. Upon entering, diners can order their bowl through an iPad (basically a high-tech version of the coin machines typical in ramen-yas in Japan), then sit down in the edgy, spacious dining area. Founded by Ryu Isobe, who claims that his original Sawtelle spot serves upwards of 800 a day, this sophomore effort ups the game in every way.
Tatsu's broth cooks for up to 18 hours, with offerings like Bold Ramen (with 11 different ingredients), Old Skool (a basic bowl), Naked (broth on the side), and Soul Ramen (Tonkotsu with garlic oil and sweet umami sauce). Those iPad up front, however, provide perfect customization, making it easy to accommodate everyone from rameniacs to even vegetarians and vegans (a rare things for ramen spots in LA). The design itself is inspired by angular origami, adding geometric effects amid plenty of natural lighting. And the fantastic dragon mural outside is a stunner for anyone passing by.
At the moment, hours run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., then service from 7 to 10 p.m., though hours will probably run later after a soft opening period.
7111 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046
Soft opening hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner
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