Daiboku is a sister restaurant to Sazan Ramen, located at 609 West 29th Street and is set to captivate food enthusiasts with its carefully curated menu and inviting atmosphere.
Daiboku benefits from the culinary expertise of its founding team, who have already made a name for themselves in the industry. Leading the operation is managing partner and COO, Darrel Oribello, who brings a wealth of experience from expanding Bay Area restaurants and contributing to restaurant tech startups. Founding partner and CEO Taiki Wakayma, a well-established figure in the East Coast Japanese dining scene and an executive board member of the NY Japanese Restaurant Association, lends his expertise to the venture. Additionally, Chief Kitchen Officer Kris Hammond, who trained under the renowned chef Shun Shiroma, adds his exceptional culinary skills to Daiboku’s kitchen.
The menu at Daiboku is a testament to the team’s commitment to authentic Japanese flavors, with a particular focus on ramen. Diners can indulge in signature shoyu and miso-style ramen, meticulously prepared to perfection. Noteworthy offerings include the Smoked Chicken Shoyu Ramen, featuring a medley of tantalizing ingredients such as smoked chicken thigh, mushroom soboro, and house kosho. For those seeking a spicy kick, the Spicy Miso Ramen is a must-try, complete with pork shoulder chashu, habanero lime slaw, and a spicy bomb.
A true highlight at Daiboku is the exclusive omakase-style ramen experience. Guests can savor the chef’s artistry at the intimate 10-seat ramen bar, situated adjacent to an open kitchen. The omakase menu presents a carefully curated selection of five courses, showcasing two ramen variations alongside chef-curated plates featuring local and seasonal ingredients. To enhance the experience, Daiboku offers wine, whisky, and sake pairings, starting at just $39 for five courses plus beverage pairings. Reservations for the omakase menu can be made via the restaurant’s Instagram account, @daibokuramen.
Immersing visitors in the ambiance of a traditional ramen shop, Daiboku boasts an inviting atmosphere, complete with an open kitchen and a spacious bar. Diners can choose to enjoy their dishes solo or opt for group dining at large family-style tables, fostering a convivial and communal experience.
Daiboku opened its doors to the public with limited hours and a curated menu, serving guests from 5 pm to 10 pm daily. The response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive, with diners embracing the opportunity to savor the exceptional shoyu and miso-style ramen on offer.
COO Darrel Oribello expressed his excitement, stating, “We’re thrilled to expand the Sazan brand and introduce some of Austin’s finest ramen to a new neighborhood. The warm reception we’ve received from our beloved customers reaffirms our belief that Daiboku’s culinary offerings are truly exceptional.”
Food enthusiasts and ramen aficionados alike are encouraged to visit Daiboku and embark on a gastronomic adventure like no other. For more information and updates, follow @daibokuramen on social media or visit the official website at https://daibokuramen.com/. Daiboku promises to be a haven for those seeking an authentic and unforgettable dining experience in the heart of Austin.