Posts Tagged ‘ramen’

Daikaya’s Cold Ramen Debut Gets Stalled by the FDA

If you’ve been anticipating the arrival of Daikaya's cold hiyashi ramen, you’ll have to wait a little longer. One of the key ingredients has been held up by the Food and Drug Administration en route from Japan. No, Daikaya isn’t importing anything exotic or illicit. Co-Owner Daisuke Utagawa says the missing ingredient is part of the […]

Soup Dreams: Daikaya Chef Katsuya Fukushima Trades High-End Molecular Gastronomy for Traditional Ramen

Chef Katsuya Fukushima made a career in cutting-edge cuisine, experimenting with spherification, foams, smoke—even meat-flavored chewing gum. He helped José Andrés open the original six-seat Minibar, where he was chef de cuisine, and he cooked for eight months at El Bulli in Spain, a former Mecca for molecular gastronomy. Fukushima also had a heavy hand […]

Daikaya Opens on Feb. 14

Daikaya has been leading us on with its opening date for more than a year now. We hope it won't break our hearts this Valentine's Day. That's when, at last, the ramen shop is slated to open. The 40-seat ground floor, where Sapporo-style ramen will be served, will open at 5 p.m. on Feb. 14. […]

The Art of the Slurp

Properly eating ramen is an art requiring strategy, chopstick finesse, and a very loud slurp. Toki Underground chef Erik Bruner-Yang recruited four friends to demonstrate their own methods. (In order of appearance, they are: Keith Joe, Philippe Medina, Brady Shannon, and Dennis Rosensteel.) Each came up with a name for their techniques—like "The Godzilla" or […]

Ramen Corner

At first glance, the listing for “pig ramen” seems as alien as SpaghettiOs on a sushi menu. Among the lamb and pork meatballs and Carolina smoked barbecue available at The Pig, Logan Circle’s newest hog-centric Americana eatery, I’m surprised to find a bowl of Asian noodle soup. Perhaps I shouldn’t be. In a time when […]

Sakuramen’s Butt-Ugly Guardian

Ramen joint Sakuramen opened its doors in Adams Morgan yesterday. And like other restaurants around town, there's a little bit of superstition going on behind the scenes.  Inside the cozy, low-ceiling spot, you'll find a mural of this ramen-slurping bad ass. Co-owner Jonathan Cho tells us the character is derived from the Japanese guardian warrior […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Talk To The Hand At Rasika Edition

About that big hand at Rasika West End [Post] José Andrés named one of the 100 most influential people in the world. [Time] A total of 14 new restaurants are coming to 14th Street NW [Dining Bisnow] Feastly's ramen pop-up at Blind Dog Cafe draws 300 requests for 35 seats.  [Twitter] Five D.C. crawfish spots […]

V Street, Meet Sake

Construction is now underway at the future site of Izakaya Seki, the planned 40-seat Japanese bar and restaurant, located in the former Spott's Barber Shop space at 1117 V Street NW. That much is certain. Exactly when you'll be able to eat there isn't quite clear yet. "I don't know when we're opening," says proprietor […]

Daikaya Watch: Is An Early Summer Opening Really Feasible?

Construction has yet to even begin at Daikaya, the planned ramen and izakaya spot by Sushiko's Daisuke Utagawa, located next to Graffiato in Chinatown. Yet, landlord Douglas Development put out a press release today suggesting the place will now "tentatively open in late spring/early summer 2012." This is a revised estimate, mind you, over early […]

Skip the Line: Toki Underground Now Taking Online Reservations (Early Seatings Only)

Chalk up another coup for CityEats: the upstart Food Network-backed online reservation site has inked its second exclusive contract with an otherwise hard-to-get-a-seat D.C. eatery. First, it was Mike Isabella's uber-trendy Graffiato. Now, it's Toki Underground, the popular H Street NE ramen shop with the usual hour-long (or even longer) wait. This is the first […]

...