California: Tatsu

You would think that from my recent posts I’ve missed Japanese food and well, I have!  As much as I like to think that Toronto is a cosmopolitan city with great asian cuisine, it just doesn’t compare to the west coast.  My first taste of great Japanese food outside of Japan was in Vancouver and Los Angeles is no different.  Tatsu is no Momofuku but boy it reminds me more of the street food ramen I had in Tokyo than the gourmet noodle bowls at the “chi chi” restos.  Similar to ordering at the vending machines that would spit out a ticket with your order, you input your order via the ipad station, payment and all, then hand it to the server.  I ordered the very spicy Bold Ramen made with tonkotsu broth (pork) with additional sliced pork chashu and a boiled egg.  I then added crushed garlic.  The dish was tasty and it so hit the spot, a perfect thing to have late at night when you’re craving comfort food!

Tatsu ramen noodle house.

Tatsu ramen noodle house.

Tatsu's self ordering system.

Tatsu’s self ordering system.

Inside Tatsu - love the noodle like decor hanging from the ceiling.

Inside Tatsu – love the noodle like decor hanging from the ceiling.

My order of Bold Ramen with pork chashu and a soft boiled egg.

My order of Bold Ramen with pork chashu and a soft boiled egg.

A close up of my order.

A close up of my order.

The bottom of the bowl.

The bottom of the bowl.

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