Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:55 AM
Finally got to experience Toki last night. Put in our names at 5:20, and were seated around 7:15. I know nothing about ramen, except for the horrible packaged stuff I ate as a poor grad student. But if this is real, authentic ramen, I am hooked. I had the kim chee bowl, and sweetie had the curry chicken. We also had steamed pork dumplings and the night's special of marinated cucumbers. I ordered the cucumbers because I wanted something crunchy. The were surprisingly delicious. Sesame seeds, sesame oil, rice vinegar + ??? other "stuff," made for a really delicious foil for the rich ramen broth. I loved the bowl of goodies I had. The pulled pork in it was smoky and meaty, not all washed out like meat can be in soups. The kim chee had retained some crunch, the noodles had a nice firmness, the soft egg added melted in nicely...and this is a huge portion for $11 or $12, forget which. I could eat this very, very often.
On a side note, the place is laid out an unusual way for a restaurant. Almost all seats, except those at the actual bar, face a wall. What I realized is that being side by side, with nothing to distract us from the food or each other, we had a very intimate experience, even though every seat was taken and I assume the kitchen is a madhouse. It felt very serene, even though it's really not.
Good service added to the overall experience. This was a definite winner!
Shut up and pour another glass of wine, please.