The two concepts that operate under the name Daikaya in Washington, DC, share a single address, ownership and big city Japanese vibe. But little else about them is the same. The ground floor houses a built-for-speed ramen shop whose menu adheres rigorously to the culinary traditions of the Japanese noodle masters. Upstairs, reached by a separate outside entrance, is a reservations-only izakaya that offers an eclectic small plates menu, a lengthy alcoholic beverage list and a seductive, ...
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