Restaurants, Japanese Chinatown
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 (Photograph: Brian Liu)
Photograph: Brian Liu
 (Photograph: Brian Liu)
Photograph: Brian Liu

Thank goodness chef Katsuya Fukushima was never told to stop playing with his food. (Or if he was, thank goodness he didn’t listen.) The former culinary director of Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup has so many good ideas he opened two restaurant concepts under one roof. Downstairs: a Sapporo-style ramen shop set to a soundtrack of ’90s music and satisfied slurps. Upstairs: a fast-paced izakaya with clever small plates (like cod roe spaghetti and a grilled avocado) and inventive cocktails (like a spherified sake bomb floating in a glass of Sapporo beer.)


Venue name: Daikaya
Address: 705 6th St NW
Washington, DC

Cross street: between G and H Sts
Opening hours: Mon 11:30am–2pm, 5–10pm; Tue–Thu 11:30am–2pm, 5–11pm; Fri 11:30am–2pm, 5pm–1am; Sat 5pm–1am; Sun 11am–3pm
Transport: Gallery Place Chinatown Metro
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