Tatsu was the brainchild of Tom Nadeau who fell in love with Tokyo and its ramen scene. Having tasted the best, he went on a mission to find the best ramen in LA — and was terribly disappointed.
This sparked his fire to bring Tokyo "home" to LA. He reimagined the typical Japanese ordering vending machine as iPads and flew multiple chefs from Japan to deconstruct the chemistry-laden recipes and have them painstakingly house-made from scratch with natural ingredients.
Tatsu shocked the ramen traditionalists by also offering gluten-free option, 100% chicken and vegan broth.
"Tatsu" means dragon and opened its door in 2012, the year of the dragon. It has since become an LA institution that’s frequented by A-listers, hipsters and blacklisters.