I went to Tatsu Ramen during their soft opening, and was fairly pleased with their tonkotsu ramen. Went again with a group of friends a few weeks ago, and decided to give their naked ramen a shot (Midtown Lunch raves about it). Basically, it’s a soupless ramen, with a sweet soy-sesame oil concoction in the soup’s place, plenty of nori and sesame seeds, lime, and bread crumbs, alongside the requisite egg, scallions, and slices of chashu.
It wasn’t really rave-worthy, but pretty solid. I’m a bit indifferent on the curly noodles, which were served warm but were still a bit too hard for me. The sauce was a bit too sweet, the egg again tasted sans marinate, and the chashu was fairly dry (the slices in the ramen from last visit were much better). Still, I can get behind Midtown Lunch and others in saying that this can be a pretty good summer dish. There was a decent sweet-salty-acidic flavor balance, and the bread crumbs added some contrast in texture. With some tweaking here and there, I can see myself coming back for more.
In the meantime, their hours are GREAT, their ordering is convenient, and their seating is…less convenient. Definitely a solid place to go to fill your late-night ramen craving, seeing that Tsujita doesn’t serve ramen/tsukemen at night, and I’m a bit afraid to try the new Jinya based on early reports (but everyone knows how much I love the Studio City one).
Chris Hei grade: B-
2123 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025