100 Very Best Restaurants: #63 – Bantam King/Daikaya/Haikan

Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Bantam King/Daikaya/Haikan

cuisines
Japanese
Location(s)
501 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001
705 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
805 V St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Find DC’s best ramen at this trio of soup joints overseen by chef Katsuya Fukushima. Daikaya draws the biggest crowds for its long-simmered broth and springy Sapporo noodles, and it’s also our favorite for its up-stairs izakaya serving highballs and Japanese drinking snacks. Bantam King centers on all things chicken, whether poultry-centric soups (we’re addicted to the spicy miso) or Nashville-style fried birds with Chinese spice. Haikan, meanwhile, layers its ramen stock with chicken, beef, and pork and offers other quirky bites such as Old Bay crab rangoon and ikura-topped “deviled eggs.” Inexpensive to moderate.

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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 Logan Circle.

Food Editor

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