Daikaya

I had lunch at Daikaya with my colleagues  David and Charlotte on 5-24-17. I had been meaning to go here forever and I’m so glad I finally did. The food was fantastic!

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5
Food & Drink: 5 out 5

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How cute is this place?! The restaurant is kind of tiny but it has an almost electric vibe that is really fun.

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They don’t take reservations so when I arrived I put my name on the list and was told there would be a 25 minute wait.  In the end we waited less than 10 minutes and were seated at the counter.

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The only drawback of sitting there that it was kind of hot and by the end I sweating–or maybe that was from the delicious ramen!

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Spicy miso ramen (shiro miso). The menu describes this as having balance, depth, and complexity and man are they right. It was fantastic. When I took my first bite I literally said, “Oh my god this is good!” I also added the menma (soy and ramen stock simmered bamboo), which was so much more flavorful than expected. It was savory, spicy, and so delicious.

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Gyoza (pan fried dumpling with pork and cabbage filling). I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say these were the best gyoza I’d ever had. They were perfectly cooked with a slight crispiness outside but still relatively soft overall. Then the flavor was outstanding: they were well-balanced with a slight tang. Also the sauce was amazing and I could seriously just drink it straight.

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Overall this was a delicious lunch. If it weren’t for the fact I was sweating so much I’d say it was perfect for a work lunch given how relatively quick it was. Regardless I can’t wait to go back and try to izakaya upstairs!

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