In the “must-visit” neighborhood of Chinatown, right across from the Capital One Arena, you’ll find Daikaya, another must-visit restaurant in DC.
Daikaya is broken up into two parts. Daikaya, the ramen shop, makes up the first floor. There you can get a healthy serving of savory and aromatic bowls of ramen and pair it with a beer or sake. Izakaya makes up the second floor and offers an array of small shareable plates that are a blend of Japanese and Western cuisines.
The two offer very different dining experiences. Daikaya is a place where you can enjoy some ramen with some friends. My favorite ramen is the Shoyu Ramen that includes a tea egg. The broth is garlic-y and has a slight sweetness to it. I recommend sitting at the bar where you can watch the cooks putting the bowls together. It’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch them twirl the noodles and carefully place all the veggies in the bowl.
Izakaya is a more formal dining experience. Izakaya serves lunch, brunch, and dinner. The small plates style make it easy to try a variety of different things you won’t normally find at other restaurants, including grilled beef tongue.
When visiting Daikaya, make sure you don’t have too much physical activity planned after. The bowls are incredibly filling and hearty and, in my experience, are best followed by a nap.