05 2017 Nov

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya’s Texan Izakaya

AustinTagged east austin, food, japanese, solo, tex-mex

Time for dinner and I happened to be in the mood for Japanese food. No surprise huh? Well, it just so happens that a few miles east of downtown was Kemuri Tatsu-ya, a place serving izakaya with Texan influences. Judging from the reviews I’ve read, it was worth a try. So off I go for another solo run. This time it would be in East Austin.

Although there was a standing stall outside, it was a little too cold to be sitting there, let alone be waited on. Luckily, there was a bar with stool seating. Perfect place to get food and a drink.  Dining was split into two sections, the front and the back, with the bar in between. Plenty of tables for small and large groups.

Ordering was quick and simple. There were some interesting items on the menu and the waitress recommended the unique ones for me, definitely a Texan influence. Bold flavors bursting from classic Japanese dishes. It had me wondering if this was another genre of Tex-Mex yet to be classified. Who knows. We’ll just have to wait and see. Overall, pretty interesting flavors and very heavy to eat.

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya

2713 E 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78702
+1 (512) 893-5561

Verdict: Worth the flavor experience.


This mix really worked well, Japanese egg custard with blue crab, bamboo shoots, corn, and green onions. The sweet and savory crab meat was accentuated by the mellow custard. Well done. I finished this within minutes.

$10 USD

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Smoked Brisket

Who would have thought my first taste of barbeque since landing would be at a Japanese place. Well, it didn't disappoint. This was some fine brisket topped with the house's own Kemuri BBQ sauce.

$5 USD

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Chili Cheese Takoyaki

Here we have traditional Japanese squid balls swimming in Texas chili topped with jalapenos, cheese, and tortilla chips. Wow. These are the bold flavors I'm talking about. I wasn't sure about the cheese but it worked. Be warned, this is rather filling.

$9 USD

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BBQ Tsukemen

Last up was the dipping ramen. Egg and noodles were great. Just look at that egg. Yum! The dipping sauce, on the other hand, was on the salty side. But it's a very unique taste with brisket, smoked jalapeno, and a kick of lime. You're basically dipping your noodles into the heart of Tex-Mex. A few rounds of this and you may be reaching for that beer. Not saying that's a bad thing.

$12 USD

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The OxPosted November 5, 2017 By the hungry ox

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