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The owners of Umi Japanese Cuisine in Woodley Park are opening a ramen restaurant down the hill in Adams Morgan. Executive Chef and partner Enming Chen worked in ramen restaurants in Japan for three and a half years earlier in his career. He and Jianlin Cao hope to open Isshin Ramen by the end of the month at 2418 18th St. NW.
No one ramen style will dominate the menu, according to the partners, who say they’ll have a mix of shoyu, miso, tonkotsu, spicy volcano ramen, and cold ramen suited for the dog days of summer. The menu will also feature donburi (Japanese rice bowls) and dishes with vermicelli noodles. Alcohol will be served.
The ground-floor restaurant being remodeled into a more modern design replaces #1 Juicy Cajun Seafood, as a PoPville tipster spotted earlier this week. Chen and Cao say Adams Morgan was the ideal location for their second restaurant because “it’s a popular destination where locals and tourists visit.”
The restaurant joins Sakuramen Ramen Bar on the same block.
Isshin Ramen, 2418 18th St. NW; facebook.com/isshin.ramendc