Tsuta, Tokyo’s first ramen restaurant to earn a coveted (if flawed) Michelin star, is working on locations in Seattle and Portland for 2019. The lauded chain is planning its first U.S. outpost for San Francisco this fall, with further California expansions scheduled to land prior to the Pacific Northwest restaurants.
Tsuta chef Onishi Yuki opened his first restaurant in a Tokyo suburb in 2012. His signature bowls is a shoyu soba blended with truffle oil, and his dashi is made with a mix of chicken and seafood. After receiving a Michelin star in 2015, Yuki began expanding, starting with Singapore locations in 2016 and 2017.
Seattle, no stranger to Japanese imports, is likely to welcome Tsuta and its shoyu and shio broths and delicate soba noodles eagerly: Four of the elite eight ramen restaurants in town are Japanese chains, including Kizuki, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Ramen Danbo, and Jinya Ramen Bar; another Japanese-based ramen restaurant, Tentenyu, also entered the scene last year.