Cheap Eats 2013: Daikaya
Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel
Comments () | Published August 18, 2013
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Daikaya Ramen and Izakaya
Address: 705 Sixth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-589-1600
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown
Opening Hours: Ramen shop open daily for lunch and dinner. Izakaya open Monday through Saturday for dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Gallery Place-Chinatown
Dress: Informal
Best Dishes Shio and shoyu ramen; mountain yam with roe; monkfish liver; charred avocado; crab croquette; pork-belly-and-Brussels-sprout skewers; cucumbers with sesame; grilled oyster; pork rice ball.
Price Details: Ramen $11.50 to $12.75, small plates $2.75 to $9.25.

Former Café Atantico chef Katsuya Fukushima and Sushiko restaurateur Daisuke Utagawa teamed up on this izakaya and ramen shop. Upstairs, it’s all iconoclastic takes on Japanese bar fare: frozen salmon sashimi; charred avocado and ponzu sauce; chawanmushi, a custard with shiitakes and Parmesan. Downstairs, choose from four excellent noodle soups. Shoyu is the porky powerhouse; shio will please those with a more delicate palate.

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