Forever and ever ramen
Acclaimed Japanese chef bowls over Austin with new ramen shop
Move over, tonkotsu. Austin will soon be enjoying a new style of ramen when Sazan Ramen opens in The Crescent in early February.
The concept comes from Taiki Wakayama of New York-based W & E Hospitality, the force behind several acclaimed East Coast concepts including Donburiya, Naruto Ramen, and Terakawa Ramen. Also on board is chef Shun “Steve” Shiroma, who is crafting the menu. Shiroma's credentials include Tsuta Tokyo, the first ramen restaurant to earn a Michelin star.
Sazan will focus on creamy chicken-based tori paitan broth, a cousin of the more commonly available pork-based tonkotsu. According to a restaurant rep, the owners wanted to bring unique flavors to Austin.
The eatery will also offer duck shoyu ramen, seasonal specialties, and a variety of tapas-style dishes like jar-smoked oysters. The restaurant’s aim is to be a ramen izakaya, offering plates meant to be paired with drinks.
The beverage program will focus on sake, cocktails, and wine. Four types of beer will also be offered on tap for those who want to leave with a very full stomach.
In the new year, Sazan will be joined by several new concepts in the once-sleepy Highland development at at 6929 Airport Blvd. Already home to California-based grocer 99 Ranch Market, Kula Revolving Sushi Bar, and 85°c Bakery Cafe, the Crescent will soon boast the first Austin location of international Korean fried chicken chain BB.Q Chicken.