First they conquered ramen. Then they gave us a mash-up of the Japanese izakaya and Texas smokehouse genres. Now chef Tatsu Aikawa and the team behind Ramen Tatsu-Ya and Kemuri Tatsu-Ya are tackling shabu-shabu. The group will open DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya in June at 7301 Burnet Road, next to Tacodeli.
For the uninitiated, shabu-shabu is a hot-pot dining experience in which guests dip various proteins and delicacies into cooked broth and sauces tableside. The restaurant will be full service, open daily for dinner.
“Shabu-shabu. It’s the sound your food makes when being stirred and cooked through boiling broth. We started obsessing with broth when we opened Ramen Tatsu-Ya, then became obsessed with meats at Kemuri Tatsu-Ya. It’s a very natural progression for us,” Aikawa said. “Shabu-shabu is a very unique experience. It’s comforting and, of course, delicious.”
The food at DipDipDip will be presented on carts tableside, giving guests the opportunity to select their thinly sliced proteins, vegetables, broths, and dipping sauces. The menu will include items such as meatballs, pot pockets (stuffed tofu skins), fresh seafood, meat and vegetable skewers, specialty wontons, and house-made udon noodles.
In addition to Ramen Tatsu-Ya and Kemuri Tatsu-Ya, the group also owns patio bar and food truck Domo Alley-Gato in East Austin and will open a tiki bar on South Lamar Boulevard later this year.
2018 Austin360 Dining Guide: Kemuri Tatsu-Ya (#6) | Ramen Tatsu-Ya (#34)