Daikaya, Perfect For A Quick Bowl of Ramen, Or Lounging Over Small Plates & Drinks

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?

Steaming bowl of miso ramen

Steaming bowl of miso ramen

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.

Skewers of zucchini and chicken

Skewers of zucchini and chicken

And also tried cold appetizers which were refreshing, with varied textures.

Yamaimo with fish roe

crudo with apples

And then more grilled items, including succulent oysters, tasting of the ocean.

Grilled oysters in their shells

Grilled oysters in their shells

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 …

Grilled avocado - absolutely heavenly

Grilled avocado – absolutely heavenly

All topped off with sake … for those who enjoy that. I had a Japanese single malt myself.

Cloudy sake - not bad for this non-lover of sake

Cloudy sake – not bad for this non-lover of sake

Then of course, stuffed cabbage, which who knew, was so universal across cultures?

Japanese style stuffed cabbage

Japanese style stuffed cabbage

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.

Daikaya Izakaya dining room, Second floor

Daikaya Izakaya dining room, Second floor

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