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[PDX] Toji Korean BBQ...

extramsg | Jan 11, 200603:30 PM

In my current continuing quest towards Portland food board domination, I'm going to add another past-due report before I head for the bay area tomorrow...

Four of us folks met the other evening at Toji to check it out and see how if it'd make a good choice for a bigger meal.

In some ways, the answer is clearly yes: it's a pleasant environment with lots of seats and multiple 6 tops, some of which can be combined to seat and serve 12. They have a large menu with items for every taste. There's the usual beef and pork, plus multiple seafood options, vegetarian options, and even chicken. They have combo platters, too, where you get a little more bite for your buck and still can sample different things.

However, I found the quality mediocre. The marinade for the pork was a little bitter and bland, I think. The boneless slices of short ribs were a bit tough. The chicken breast had little flavor and was cut into huge hunks that are a food poisoning waiting to happen as customers try to guess the doneness. Most of the panchan was fine, although the kimchee wasn't very crisp and had a bit too much bitterness. None were outstanding or especially interesting. We got a soup, too, that was small and blah.

The best items were the strips of beef which had an enjoyable, perhaps a bit too sweet, marinade and the shrimp, which had no off flavor or freezer burn.

The service was fairly attentive and, if anything, overly helpful. The guy started, without asking us, putting everything on the grill and overcrowded it, imo. I think they're used to a lot of clueless white people.

Nothing wrong with Toji as a place for decent food in an inviting environment, but I was hoping for something better. We went ahead and got reservations for Nakwon for the group based on the recs here and on They only do beef, but hopefully the quality makes up for the lack of diversity and ambience.


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