DC Local Eats: OKI Bowl

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Early Autumn is such a great time in the DC area. The weather is still warm, the late afternoon sunlight is pretty, and the streets are festive. It’s really fun to head into the city after work for a happy hour and dinner. 

On one recent Friday, we met up in Dupont Circle. We’d been wanting to try OKI Bowl, a ramen restaurant featuring inspiration from Thai, Korean, and Japanese flavors. Since we love all three of those cuisines, we knew we couldn’t go wrong. On a side note, since we’ve been back to the States, we’ve only had ramen once. 

First though, we started with a drink at the Irish Whisky Public House to remind ourselves of Ireland (yes, Ireland is still in our minds) Sean had a Smithwicks as usual, and I went for the Hard Cider sangria.

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This place has a open big patio in front and we were lucky to get a seat out there. It’s got tons of atmosphere and so much more fun to watch everyone walk by on the street than being cooped up inside.

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After unwinding a bit from the work week here and feeling famished, we headed over to OKI Bowl.

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This place has a fun interior and don’t even get me started on the bathroom. (The walls are completely covered in mechanical parts and blinking lights). 

Honestly, we sort of felt like we were back in Japan, what with Hello Kitty girl and Orion beer and all…

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For starters, we ordered the gyoza which had distinctive thai flavors. They were different from what I’m accustomed to in Japan, but we enjoyed them nonetheless.

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We both ordered ramen for our main course. Sean got the Thai coconut milk version which sort of tasted like Tom Yum soup. I went for traditional with miso pork broth.

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Overall, this place felt like a Japanese izakaya and my ramen was a pretty good approximation of what I remember from ramen in Okinawa. We’re so happy we found a place that we can go to for our Japanese fix in the States.

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