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We often hear that New York is America’s “great melting pot” with such a diverse population and so many different cultures brought together. But I’ve always thought there’s a lot of that in D.C. as well. As an immigrant originally from Japan, I have a unique perspective on our city. There is so much that makes Washington special, and it became my dream to add to it by bringing the food of my childhood to my new home.

And that’s exactly what my partners and I did in 2013 — we opened Daikaya, which has two traditional Japanese offerings in one building that features what we miss most about Japan. The upstairs, Izakaya, offers a place for freestyle drinking and eating with an ambiance that is a true window into our culture. The downstairs, Daikaya, is an authentic Sapporo ramen shop where diners can enjoy a quick bite or late-night meal. We knew that the clear broths, curly noodles and wok-roasted toppings would capture palates and hearts in Washington, just like in Japan.


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