Jinya Ramen Bar recently expanded its USA empire and opened up shop in DC on 14th Street. With that being said, I have wanted to try it out for a few months now! Their menu offers an extensive selection of Japanese appetizers (think gyoza, takoyaki, bao, etc) and a surprisingly large offering of various ramen flavors. While Jinya is a pretty medium-sized chain, it definitely doesn’t feel “chain-like” when you walk in. The restaurant itself is modern and cool with both bar and table seating. In the DC location ( I can’t speak to the other locations) they kept the original brick in the building and it fits nicely into the neighborhood.
To start we tried the takoyaki, Jinya Bao, and the caramelized cauliflower. All four dishes were really delicious, although my favorite was absolutely the cauliflower. The bun was delicious but I wish each serving came with two buns and that the takoyaki came with 4 balls instead of six. Three takoyaki each was a lot.
For our entrees, we both got the Wonton Chicken Ramen and it was delicious. It was a great change from the typical shoyu or miso-based ramen. The noodles were chewy and the dumplings were plentiful. (I really hate when you order wonton soup and there are only two dumplings in your soup).
Overall I think Jinya is a great addition to 14th Street and the DC Ramen scene- I can’t wait to go back and try another one of their unique ramen flavors!