The second location of Raku is open on the Westside now, on Marietta Street in the old Burger Joe’s location near Georgia Tech, just up the road from Yum Bunz and Bocado.
The menu obviously has a diverse offering of Japanese items – ramen, for which they are known, but also sushi, dumplings, udon, yakisoba, rice bowls, and okinomiyaki, which we ordered and is viable. The menu is large, maybe catering to area students, though curiously missing is tonkatsu (fried pork) for which they are known at the Duluth location.
They have shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), tonkotsu, and miso ramen, with seafood and spicy variations of a few of them. I had the seafood and chasu (pork) tonkontsu ramen, with smaller piece of lean pork, along with shrimp and mussels. I would say that Brad at Creative Loafing is on point with his recent assessment of Raku’s ramen. It appears well put together, and the quality of product is good, but the flavor and texture doesn’t quite come together like I want – it’s not salty or fatty enough for this style. It is certainly satisfying enough though, and I’d like to try other versions.
They did a fantastic job with the space, which includes a nice ramen bar and patio seating. They put great effort into the details as well – look up at the ceiling if you stop by, the painted text was all done by hand.
BYOB for now, though they expect their alcohol license in the next month.