I’ve long been a fan of chef Katsuya Fukashima – always loved his cuisine at Minibar and Cafe Atlantico – so I’ve been following the fortunes of Daikaya quite eagerly. A few weeks ago, our friends from South Carolina came to visit, and we tried the ramen downstairs. We were not disappointed.
It’s amazing that a seemingly small bowl of noodles and broth can be so filling, but it’s true nonetheless. There were six of us in our party so we sat in the small back room behind the ramen bar. There, we feasted on bowls of ramen, delicious gyoza and cold beer. What could be better?
Or so I thought until we tried the Izakaya recently. Completely different flavor and flair, but delicious as well. Just a more laid back vibe, with small plate after small plate and sips of delicious drinks in between.
We feasted on skewers of chicken liver (delicious and rich), chicken and zucchini to start.
And also tried cold appetizers which were refreshing, with varied textures.
And then more grilled items, including succulent oysters, tasting of the ocean.
And avocado … this one I want to try at home … if only I had that wonderful seasoned salt on the side. Oh, and a 1000 degree grill, and …
All topped off with sake … for those who enjoy that. I had a Japanese single malt myself.
Then of course, stuffed cabbage, which who knew, was so universal across cultures?
And much more. What a great place to graze on flavorful small plates and drinks and enjoying the funky vibe … unless you’re in the mood for a quick bowl of ramen downstairs, of course.