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It was a typical Sunday for me, which consisted of the following:

  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Schoolwork
  • Errands

..but in the morning, Amy suggested we go into the city for brunch after my gym session (brunch turned into late lunch) at this ramen shop called Daikaya in Northwest DC, close to Chinatown.

Intrigued and in serious mood for hot soup filled with umami, I grabbed the Leica and took a day trip into the DC, which turned out to be a photo-centric day.

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The Waiting Man

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Crossroads

We parked inside the garage in the heart of City Center off of 11th street (my personal favorite parking garage) and took a short walk into Chinatown where Daikaya was close by.

What surprised (or shouldn’t surprise me as this was a legit ramen shop) was how small the restaurant was.

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People waiting by the entrance of the ramen shop

The entrance to the restaurant was packed with people waiting for their seat, which averaged between 20-30 minutes.

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The host checking on his iPad Mini for seating availabilit

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From what the ravings I’ve heard from Amy, the wait was worth it.

And spoiler alert: the food was amazing.

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When it was our turn to sit down, the waitress sat us on the bar where we could catch all the action shots in the kitchen.

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Stir fry bean sprouts

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Amy’s Shio Ramen Bowl

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My spicy miso ramen

The ramen was probably one of the best ramen I’ve ever had. The mix of the flavors that hit your tongue (and feels) turned what was supposed to be a simple late lunch, into an experience.

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Order Up!

The day didn’t end just there.

Amy’s sister Jennifer recently stopped by an ice cream shop close to Adam’s Morgan and since we were already out here in the city, why not stop by there for some dessert?

But first…the walk back to the car.

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Zodiac Walk

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Amy

Jeni’s Ice Creams

We nearly missed the ice cream shop since it was located on a corner of a busy street in NW DC, but you definitely couldn’t miss it if you walked there on 14th Street.

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Interesting flavors

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I chose the Brambleberry Ice Cream on waffle cone

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I recommend stopping by this place if you’re in the area because there is more to this place than just ice cream; there is a sitting lounge on the loft above on the second floor where you can unwind like a trendy coffee shop.

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Hope you enjoyed the update and some inspiration to go out and eat.

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One comment on “Noodle Fever: Daikaya Ramen and food photography with the Leica Q

  1. Love these pics! I’ve been wanting to go here

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