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Toki Undergournd in NE DC - Report

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Toki Undergournd in NE DC - Report

Steve | Apr 1, 2011 07:48 PM

This is the first time I’ve been to a restaurant on opening night – maybe a clue to what a fiend I am for ramen.

I don’t want to discourage anyone from trying out this place. Under the right circumstances. It’s cheap enough so that if you are in the neighborhood, you can decide for yourself what items you prefer.

But if you are a ramen fan and are considering a special trip, then I’d say it is not a destination restaurant.

It’s got some good points. Better toppings than Renn’s Ramen. Better noodles, although even here they could be more firm.

Of the three soups that we tried, two of them were non-starters: the miso and the chicken curry. Taking the tonkatsu base and adding a bit of miso or a bit of curry flavor produces a middling result that is neither very flavorful nor pleasant. Only the classic tonkatsu was agreeable.

So if you want to have the best possible experience, order the classic, get additional pork topping (it is terrific), and get an additional soft egg (also terrific).

The chicken curry topping is a culinary work of art, dunked in liquid. They should sell that with any of the soups.

The dumplings are ok, but that’s not why you’re here, and they won’t do the trick. The cold tofu appetizer is a nice way to start things off.

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