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
Price Range: Moderate
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.

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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