The team from Daikaya now has two different ramen shops located around the corner from each other in Penn Quarter.
But don't expect the same menu at each. Bantam King, which opens today at 5 p.m. at 501 G St. NW, is the city's first shop devoted to chicken ramen. There are six different varieties of chicken ramen on the menu here — half of them have a consommé-esque Chintan broth, while three feature the milkier Paitan. Each are available with flavoring varieties like shio (soy) and miso, and there's a vegan ramen on the menu to round out the restaurants offerings. Bantam King also has its own fried chicken dinner, served in a box family-style with sides like mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and a Japanese-seasoned corn on the cob. There are chicken gyoza, too, as well as Japanese beer, sake, and shochu among the beverages.
Partners Daisuke Utagawa, chef Katsuya Fukushima, and Yama Jewayni have again collaborated with Edit Lab architect Brian Miller on a whimsical design which pays ode to the location's former tenant, Burger King. With seating for 50, expect Japanese comic wallpaper, colorful trays bringing texture to a wall, Asian lanterns, and some amusing, chicken-accented bathrooms.
Bantam King is one of two ramen shops the team is working to debut this summer. Haikan, a Sapporo-style ramen shop in Shaw, is up next.
Bantam King, 501 G St. NW, website