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Toki Underground

Toki Underground

Noodle Restaurant and Ramen Restaurant$$$$
Capitol Hill, Washington
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    Danielle D.
    "Toki's kimchi ramen is one of my top ten favorite dishes."(12 Tips)
    Behrad Eats
    "Kimchi Hakata with extra noodles and chashu pork cheek is fantastic!"(8 Tips)
    Mary N.
    "Try Miso Ramen and Chicken Dumplings!"(6 Tips)
    Paul B.
    "It's well worth the wait and the dumplings are must to start with."(30 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterOctober 4, 2011
    It's worth the wait for a bowl of the Taiwanese-style ramen that includes varieties like curry chicken and kimchi. Dumplings here are also well worth a try. [Eater 38 Member]
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    The food is hearty, fresh, and simple, with generous amounts of ramen. Choose from five types of ramen bowls as well as five dumpling flavors and a variety of Asian-style cocktails, beers, and sake. Read more
  • Tarah F.heart icon on user image
    Tarah FeinbergDecember 28, 2013
    Excellent ramen. Not Ippudo (what is?), but tried all of them, except the vegetarian, and they were all delicious. This is the kimchi (it's got a kick) and the curry chicken was really tasty too.
  • Megan L.
    Megan LillyAugust 6, 2019
    Best ramen in the DC-area! Featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," this hole-in-the-wall spot is not to be missed! Toki can get busy, so make a reservation ahead of time. I recommend the Red Miso!
  • Derek F.
    Derek FromsonMarch 13, 2013
    Taiwanese-Japanese fusion at its best, despite long wait. Start w/seafood dumplings; then get a ramen (spicy kimchee is great); add sides of pork belly and srirocha sauce. Don't forget cold sake.
  • Aaron D.heart icon on user image
    Aaron DAugust 7, 2014
    Pan seared dumplings are a good 'in-between' choice if you don't want to go with the deep fried, or steamed options. If you like your ramen with some kick, be sure to get a side of endorphin sauce.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedDecember 3, 2015
    "Sometimes you just have to have ramen, and while DC has a lot of nice ramen shops, I just can’t get by the broth at Toki. It’s perfect." Chef Frederik De Pue Read more
  • Doris T.
    Doris TruongApril 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    It's ALL amazing. I often pace myself on broth, then order kaedama (extra noodles) to go for an extra meal. Save room for the cookies!
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    Arik MorrisAugust 11, 2017
    The field chicken steamed buns are a must. Perfectly crisp with a touch of sweetness and heat, in a soft pillowy bun they are amazing.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousApril 24, 2015
    Food is half the fun here. The chef designed his stool-only, wood-ribbed space to suggest an Old World noodle shop, and the bartenders are just as deft as the chefs hovering over the steaming pots. Read more
  • Lisa F.heart icon on user image
    Lisa FinnFebruary 28, 2015
    The vegetarian ramen is so hearty, even carnivores wouldn't miss the meat! End your meal with the salty-sweet fresh baked cookies with miso, and don't forget to buy a round for the kitchen.
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    JenniMarch 19, 2015
    Red miso and their steamed fried chicken buns are amazing. My friend got a cocktail (alt-f5) which was also delicious. Make a reservation...much easier than waiting an hour in line!
  • Sierra B.heart icon on user image
    Sierra BarkdollMarch 30, 2016
    Kimchi ramen, red miso ramen, choc. Chip cookies. Right near the popeyes. Hard to find so look for a door with a symbol and the words "Toki Underground" then go in and up the steps
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey AJanuary 25, 2013
    EXCELLENT ramen! Split a bowl of the Toki Classic & veggie dumplings w/ a friend. TOTALLY worth the wait! Put your name on the list and explore H Street (eg-Atlas Arcade or Playhouse) while you wait.
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    Donna McMay 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Tourist Tip: Love the Classic and the Kimchi. The egg is always perfectly creamy dreamy. Extra Noodle. Chicken Butt or Pork Cheek add on. Seriously. buttcheek FTW.
  • Nicolas P.
    Nicolas PrattJuly 17, 2013
    The best Ramen ever. EVER. Try the pork bellies. Also very tiny. Wait times upwards of an hour or two. Be prepared to have a drink downstairs at the Pug. They call/text when your table is ready
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonApril 13, 2012
    Worth the wait! I like to order the tsukeman off the daily specials and load it up with add ons - especially the pork cheeks, sriaracha and egg! (And my favorite seat is in front of the chef, natch!)
  • Renata l.heart icon on user image
    Renata lJanuary 3, 2017
    I love Toki! The food is always good but my favorite is the cool environment. Ask for hot Sake. Be ready to wait to be seated. Weekdays are less busy
  • Barbara K.heart icon on user image
    Barbara KaplanJuly 12, 2015
    Classic ramen was de-lish. Ordered extra noodles and shared that way we could try a few appies. Cookies are served warm with milk and a great way to end the meal.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KoAugust 19, 2012
    try the red miso chocolate chip cookies with milk for dessert -- after you get a tasty bowl of ramen with pork lion add-on. make sure to try a Taiwanese soft drink (sidra, calpico, etc.)
  • Aleksandra A.heart icon on user image
    Aleksandra ArcipowskaJanuary 11, 2018
    Great food, but overall i didnt enjoy the experience. I had veggie dumplings & veggie ramen. Njam! This is not the place to eat out with friends, Music in this pub is loud, impossible to talk. Sad.
  • Spoon University
    Spoon UniversityOctober 18, 2016
    Toki Underground takes you out of your comfort zone and serves up innovative ramen with two of its most popular being their Taipei curry style and a kimchi style. Read more
  • Hillary H.heart icon on user image
    Hillary HartleyAugust 9, 2014
    Holy shit. Everything is so good – the ramen, the house made cocktails. Be sure to try the pork, and if you like it spicy the fire sauce is amazeballs.
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey ADecember 28, 2012
    get here at 500 to get a seat or put your name on the list. orherwise you may wait for 2+ hours and you'll have to clear your schedule in order to enjoy these delicious noodles!
  • Ed
    EdDecember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    There is ALWAYS a wait here but you can have a drink at The Pug while you wait. They share a license so you can bring your drinks upstairs. Get the Hakata Classic (kae dama!) and pan fried dumplings.
  • Danielle D.heart icon on user image
    Danielle DaSilvaJuly 13, 2018
    Very tiny, so be prepared for a long wait. Grab a drink at Copycat Co while you wait. Toki's kimchi ramen is one of my top ten favorite dishes. Anywhere. Ever.
  • Katy T.
    Katy ThomasApril 3, 2013
    Outstanding ramen...I went with the Toki Classic and was very pleased. Friend got the vegetarian - cool earthy broth with lots of veg - but then added pork cheek...pretty awesome
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NewhartJune 25, 2012
    Best ramen I've ever had. Been here 3 times and each visit was great. Always a long wait, but you can leave and explore H St. and they will text you when your table is ready.
  • Tara D.heart icon on user image
    Tara DeVincenzoAugust 13, 2015
    lots of talk about needing to add more noodles. forget that part but add pork cheek and definitely get the steamed buns to start. amazing.
  • Steven A.heart icon on user image
    Steven AndrophyMarch 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Went around 2pm on a Monday and had no wait. Pickle plate, dumplings (get them steamed), Taipei curry chicken, and kimchi were all outstanding.
  • Robert S.
    Robert SmalleyNovember 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I've had the fried prawn heads and "chicken butts" as add-ons, both were AMAZING. Good rule of thumb with Toki: If it sounds like you won't like it, you'll LOVE it!
  • Ryan K.heart icon on user image
    Ryan KDecember 29, 2014
    Love love love this place! Hard to find but well worth the exploration. CALL ahead is a MUST. There is always a wait and once again well worth it.
  • Ana Marie 💃heart icon on user image
    Ana Marie 💃May 4, 2015
    My favorite ramen in DC. The steamed buns are awesome and the warm chocolate chip cookies with miso dipping sauce cannot be missed.
  • Michael H.heart icon on user image
    Michael HillSeptember 9, 2016
    Fun and friendly atmosphere...the ramen is soooo good! As a 1st time customer, I'd recommend T.U. to anyone looking for a great meal at an affordable price.
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    AlexDecember 1, 2017
    you can’t go wrong with any of their ramen. the tsukemen is so good if they have it
  • Sam S.heart icon on user image
    Sam SherwoodJuly 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're a little burnt out on ramen, try the chicken Dan Mien - boneless chunks of fried chicken on peanut sauced Dan Dan-style noodles
  • Tarah F.heart icon on user image
    Tarah FeinbergDecember 28, 2013
    Delicious ramen and a cool vibe, but be aware that it's very small, pretty noisy and you'll be seated bar style, side-by-side. Just be prepared for that scene.
  • Beaheart icon on user image
    BeaAugust 14, 2013
    Ordered kimchi, red miso and pork dumplings and each was delicious. Pickles are nothing special and fades when you are served the best ramen in the city!
  • Matt B.
    Matt BernsteinNovember 14, 2014
    Get here before opening to avoid a long wait. Get the Toki Classic ramen with extra noodles.
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BinuyaApril 25, 2019
    Cool atmosphere 😎 feels exclusive in its limited space and long wait. But there's better ramen out there if you're looking for authenticity instead of different flavor "infusions" to the same broth.
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineOctober 21, 2011
    Two people can make a meal from one big bowl of ramen (all five varieties are $10 each) and an order of dumplings (six for $5), which means a Cheap Eats budget can include cocktails.
  • NOM NOM Boris
    NOM NOM BorisJuly 27, 2012
    You must try some of their amazing ramen like Kimchi Ramen (5/5 NOMs). More tips & pics @ nomnomboris.com
  • The Wall Street Journal
    This tiny ramen bar in the H Street Corridor is helping revive a D.C. neighborhood that was once dead. Try the Toki classic. Read more
  • Ivan A.heart icon on user image
    Ivan AbreuMarch 13, 2016
    Red miso! This dish will leave you satisfied! Adding an extra egg and some pork belly and get ready to be blown away.
  • Robyn J.
    Robyn JoyDecember 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Everyone here is nice and the atmosphere is casual. Really awesome decor, check out the cool figurine collection. Keep an eye on the specials - they're amazing.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SampselJuly 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The classic ramen with homemade sriracha sauce is a dream. Don't hesitate to order a side of kimchi and an Ice Dome sake to top it off.
  • Alan Lester D.
    Alan Lester DumpitDecember 2, 2012
    A different take on ramen, broth is refreshing and pork belly very juicy and flavorful.. Get there at opening or fear a 2 hour+ wait
  • Kristen F.heart icon on user image
    Kristen FerrettiJuly 2, 2015
    Their miso ramen is AMAZING. order a side of the spicy sauce to mix in, you won't be disappointed.
  • Jean-Louis N.heart icon on user image
    Jean-Louis NtangMarch 20, 2015
    Toki monster + Toki classic is a good combo. Go for the Taiwan if you don't feel like hard liquor with your ramen.
  • Chanheart icon on user image
    ChanAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Brilliant tonkotsu stock in all the bowls. I generally go with the Classic with pork belly and extra noodles.
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