Chiang said he thinks Jinya's "authentic Japanese ramen," as envisioned by founder Tomonori Takahashi, is "not represented" in the local market (though we can think of a few shops that might disagree). He doesn't believe the Washington area has enough ramen shops yet, and a 14th Street Jinya is already in the works.
In addition to ramen, the menu includes tapas such as Brussels sprouts tempura and pork gyoza (dumplings). There's a small selection of rice bowls and curry as well.
Local craft beers, Japanese-inspired cocktails (with names such as Sailor Moon, Neo Tokyo and Geisha's Tear), sake, wine and house-made non-alcoholic beverages.
Designed by Los Angeles-based firm Ikedo Design, the restaurant will seat 100 diners, plus nine at the bar and more than 30 on the patio. Chiang said the interior has a modern Western, wood-and-steel industrial feel -- in other words, don't expect any samurai swords.