From the superstar team behind Daikaya and Bantam King, Haikan is a sleek ramen shop whose noodle bowls feature Sapporo-made noodles and the house's signature chicken, beef, and pork Chintan broth. The menu branches out with intriguing small plates like the fan-favorite mapo tofu poutine, which proves that mozzarella curds and spicy tofu are a surprisingly tasteful pair, especially when piled on crispy French fries. You'll find equally interesting cocktails on the menu, like the gin-based Wasabi Peas and the flashy Smoke Show, completed with a flaming piece of cedar.
Haikan’s Sapporo-style ramen is a cornerstone of Shaw’s hip Atlantic Plumbing building, and for good reason. It shares DNA with Daikaya and Bantam King, both among the top ramen spots in the city. Noodles are specially made in Japan and married in-house with the delicate Chintan stock. Grab a table in the narrow dining room, along the high-energy kitchen bar, or at a communal patio table and get slurping. Bowls of shio, shoyu, miso, or spicy shoyu soup can be customized with a whole range of additional toppings from butter to bamboo to a seasoned “nitamago” egg. Cold noodles make an appearance during summer months. As an added bonus, most of the ramen varieties are available in both large and small portion sizes, leaving flexibility to stop in for a snack or pair a bowl with another appetizer, like crab rangoon or smashed cucumbers.