Cheap Eats 2018: Haikan

Haikan, a new ramen shop from the Daikaya and Bantam King team, opens in Shaw. Photography by Jeff Elkins

About Bantam King/Haikan

501 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001
805 V St NW
Washington, DC 20001

The sibling to Daikaya and Bantam King feels like the coolest of the ramen trio with its mod decor and al fresco communal table. Tangles of chewy noodles in slurp-worthy soup are the main affair, but the menu has fusion fun with Old Bay–dusted crab Rangoon and mapo tofu poutine. Keep an eye out for quirky specials and cocktails. (Yes, that’s shiitake mushroom syrup in your old fashioned.) Also good: Spicy shoyu ramen; vegetable ramen; Japanese “deviled egg.”

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.