Tatsu Ramen

Restaurants, Japanese Melrose
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Tatsu Ramen
Photograph: Courtesy Tatsu Ramen

Young Japanese visionary and entrepreneur Ryu Isobe brings handcrafted, customizable recipes to this unique little nook on Melrose. Pop in before 3am on weekends to place your order on one of the iPads secured to a wall up front—a popular set up in Japan. Interacting with only the touch screen (which can be a plus when you’re hungry and bleary-eyed at certain wee hours), you choose a base ramen bowl—either The Naked Ramen ($9) or the standard tonkotsu—before flicking across the screen to select your add-ins, such as pork, tofu, green onions and dried seaweed. Grab yourself a beer, swipe your credit card and within a few minutes, you’ll wonder why every late night dining experience can’t be so comfortingly anti-social.

By: Amanda Montell

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Venue name: Tatsu Ramen
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Address: 7111 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles
90046
Opening hours: Sun-Wed, 11am-2am, Thu-Sat 11am-3am
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Tatsu is definitely a delicious bowl of Ramen and worth a stop. Personally, I am a big fan of the Tonkotsu w/ pork. The location is great (Melrose area) and there is certainly a decent enough amount of seating most of the time. The first time I went, I loved the Ipad ordering system and thought it was neat. But upon going back again, I was faced with an enormous line (despite seating being available) because of slow ordering systems. A few of the Ipads were broken and the line was moving glacially. I think it's a cool idea and concept, and it probably works great sometimes. But I wish they had a different method they could use occasionally to combat broken technology, crazy rushes, etc.