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Daikaya Ramen Shop Rising in Chinatown

by Prince Of Petworth May 29, 2012 at 10:30 am 17 Comments


705 6th Street, NW

Back in Feb. 2012 I was concerned with the progress at Daikaya Ramen Shop coming to 705 6th Street, NW next to Graffiato.

I was happy to see the building starting to rise. We had previously learned:

This is a tavern that has a ramen shop on the ground level. Diners will be able to order bowls with a variety of fresh toppings. The second level will serve as a bar & restaurant with a Japanese menu.

Daikaya will occupy 5,400 square feet next to Graffiato, made up of three levels: main (4,200 square feet), top (400 square feet), and lower (800 square feet) at 705 6th Street, NW. The restaurant, under Sushiko co-owner Daisuke Utagawa, will serve authentic ramen bowls amongst other Asian-influenced dishes and will tentatively open in late spring/early summer 2012.

Can anyone translate this sign:

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm, a 5,400 sq. ft. noodle shop…guess DC hasn’t finished the noodle/ramen craze, but 5,400 sq. ft. wow. It better be good! Sorry, can’t translate the sign but he looks like an unhappy construction worker since they missed the late Spring 2012 opening.

    • Jeff

      Mmm. City ramen…

    • Jack5

      RamaGeddon 2012… Prepare for the flood of ramen restaurants! First it was PhoVerload, then CupCakeGate, then FroYoFest, Now RamaGeddon! Be Ware!! Lets not wear this one out people… hah.

  • Anonymous

    Rough translation:

    Construction in progress

    Our deepest apologies for disturbing you. Safety is our number one priority, and we would greatly appreciate your cooperation.

  • Anonymous

    Hideous cinder block construction, but I could care less as long as it’s tasty. I also hear the second floor is more of a japanese tavern/bar that will be open full bar hours.

  • as the rain

    At this rate, it’ll be open before Wagarama.

    • Anonymous

      Please don’t even get me started on the sorry saga of wagamamas

  • Anonymous

    The sign is a pretty standard construction sign in Japan. Loosely translated:
    “Under construction. We apologize for the inconvenience. We ask for your cooperation as this is a ‘safety first’ project.”

  • U Street area resident

    This is a very loose translation:

    Welcome. I bow before you, gullible visitors to DC, who will pay $12 for a bowl of noodles. You will make me rich. Thank you.

    • Haha, definitely. I just can’t wrap my head around purchasing something when you go out to eat that you can buy at the grocery store for like 17 to 30 cents. yeah yeah they add stuff to it, but really guys, it’s RAMEN.

      • Anonymous

        is all ramen the same? pasta isn’t.

        • 15th St. NW Resident

          Right. Have you ever had legit, non-instant ramen before?

  • loojie

    What *is* the status of wagamama these days?

  • Denizen of Tenallytown

    I am also wondering what has happened to Wagamama. Maybe PoP should recap the ramen related developments in the area along with their respective statuses.

    Somewhat related – my fiancee and I ate at Sakuramen on Saturday night. The place was nearly dead around 11pm: just us, a table of four, and another table of two. We ordered the mushroom buns, my fiancee had the Sakuramen (vegan), and I had the Gojiramen (pork). Buns were good but not worth $8 – one quarter portobello mushroom in each bun with some scallions and soy based sauce. The sakuramen broth was kelp based and very salty (like inside of your lips burning salty) but had a good flavor otherwise. Noodles had a good bite and ingredients were decent. Gojiramen soy-based broth was clear and actually less unctuous than Sakuramen broth, which I see as a downside. Sliced roast pork was tasty but sparse. Noodles were thinner as well, almost like angel hair pasta.

    Overall, not very impressed. These guys have to know the N St NE standard they are up against and they aren’t there. Hope it gets (much) better.

    No booze was sold at the moment. I guess they are working on a liquor license.

    • Denizen of Tenallytown

      And by “N St NE” I mean “H St NE”.

  • Translation: “Currently under construction. We are sorry for any disturbance but since we are working with safety as priority number one, we would appreciate your cooperation.”

    (This is a very Japanese style sign found widely in Japan).

  • Kyle

    Translation:

    Under Construction

    Apologies for the inconvenience. As safety is our number one priority, we kindly ask for your cooperation.

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