Photos by FARRAH SKEIKY
From a press release:
“Haikan (805 V Street NW) – the 2nd Sapporo-style ramen shop from the talented team behind Daikaya including partners Daisuke Utagawa, Chef Katsuya Fukushima, and Yama Jewayni – will open at the Atlantic Plumbing Building on Saturday, August 27th at 5pm beginning with dinner service only. Haikan will be the third restaurant to open in Washington DC from the Daikaya team – following closely on the heels of recently opened Japanese chicken ramen shop Bantam King – and will serve as the team’s second eatery to open offering up a variety of traditional Sapporo-style ramen. Haikan will be open 7 days a week for dinner, with plans to launch brunch and lunch service in the future.
Featuring 2,120-square feet on the interior ground level of JBG Companies Atlantic Plumbing Building, Haikan will offer a completely new selection of traditional Sapporo-style ramen, different from the variety of ramen currently offered at both Daikaya and Bantam King including Shio, Shoyu, Miso, and Vegetable. The Shio showcases the delicate and complex chintan stock providing a hint of seafood flavor. For the shoyu ramen, the team at Haikan decided to go back to the taste of the classic Showa period, which served as the first golden age of ramen in Japan. Haikan’s complex stock is brightened by fresh soy sauce flavor. Invented in Sapporo, miso ramen uses a lighter, gentler miso with sesame seeds to match the stock. And Haikan’s vegetable ramen is 100% vegetarian. The team uses vegetable stock and miso as the base for the soup, which is slightly spicy and extremely rich in flavor.
And in addition to ramen, Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima will be sharing a playful selection of Japanese-inspired small plates, priced between $8 to $10 each, such as Mapo Tofu Poutine, Smashed Cucumber Salad, Crab Rangoons, Kakigori, and a Pea-sar Salad, just to highlight a few dishes. The ramen shop will offer seating for 99 with 59 seats indoors, and 40 seats outdoors. Haikan’s bar program – a collective team effort – will debut an inventive collection of Japanese-inspired handcrafted cocktails, and a concentrated selection of Japanese sake, shochu, beer, whisky, and more. The outdoor patio area will feature a large communal table and during nicer weather pivot doors can be opened connecting the interior of Haikan to the large patio area.
More including the menu after the jump. (more…)