We went a little overboard with the ordering but it was our first time so we really wanted to be sure we got a fair taste of what they have to offer. We started with steamed chicken dumplings, cold tofu, and one of last night’s specials which was chinese yams in a butter sauce. We made great choices all around- dumplings were tasty and flavorful, tofu was in a great sauce with delicious garnishes, and the yams were warm, sweet, and seasonal. However, we were both realizing that ordering the Toki Hakata Classic ramen with extra egg and extra noodles probably wasn’t necessary. Oh well, you only live once, right? The piping hot bowl of ramen arrived with pork loin chashu, seasonal vegetables, boiled egg, red pickled ginger, sesame, scallions, nori, and plenty of noodles. I’ll preface by saying I am not normally one to order pork but boy was this a treat. The meat was tender and so moist in the soup I could not get enough. In fact, I essentially ate the entire bowl making it very difficult to breathe at the end of the meal– but oh so worth it.
As if we hadn’t eaten enough my friend Meg convinced me that we should order the dessert bento box which was homemade girl scout cookies. It was presented in an adorable little piggy bento box and filled with the chef’s version of a samoa, tagalong, thin mint, and a lemon cookie. The samoa was fabulous… the rest were okay. Nothing to write home about but I was honestly so full it was better that way.
The space at Toki Underground is limited and it is definitely a favorite neighborhood spot filled with regulars so waits should be expected. However, with so many great bars on the same strip it makes it easy to occupy yourself while waiting on some ramen. I loved my experience and look forward to going back many times this winter to warm up on cold nights.
1234 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002