After craving a warm bowl of ramen for clearly far too long, I stumbled upon OKI Bowl DC & Sake. Similar to SAKURAMEN, you go downstairs into a basement-like setting and find yourself immersed in beautiful Asian shop.
Low-key mellow top hits fill the room leaving you to fall into a wanderlust deciding what to order. Be sure to add sake or beer to bring out the full flavor of your noodle dish.
With only four flavors of ramen to choose from (miso, kimchi, curry, tom yum) I picked the curry flavor. Why? I’ve recently been infatuated with Asian dishes infused with the spice.
OKI makes my must-try list and I’ll surely be back. With young adult locals stopping in after-work hours, it’s clearly a dive spot necessary for the “DC-mover” to know. No one’s trying to wait hours for ramen at places like Toki Underground. While I have a deep appreciation for Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, when I’m hungry, it’s time to eat.
For the best seat in the house, ask for the table by the window so you can surround yourself with friends. If you’re alone, hit the bar for an authentic experience.
OKI Bowl DC & Sake is located on 1817 M St NW. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. try one of DC’s most up and coming ramen spots.