So, you have to go to Toki Underground. Â Well, you don’t HAVE to, but you know. Toki Underground is a new ramen and dumpling spot on H Street, and it’s only metaphorically underground as you have to go upstairs to find it. Â It’s been softly opened for a few weeks now, with an unofficial opening last night (announced on their Twitter page), and a real opening tonight. Â You should totally go, but be prepared to wait. Â The room seats 25, and it’s all bar spots, so I’d suggest going with just a date or BFF as you’ll get seated faster and have an easier time talking. Â Just get your name on the list and grab a drink somewhere nearby, like at Church and State.
A bowl of ramen is $10, and dumplings are about $5. Â You can add additional meat or noodles to the ramen. Â I got the Classic Ramen (pork loin, veggies, boiled egg, ginger) as did my friend I was with, and we shared the chicken dumplings. Â The soup was think and dense with flavor, and the dumplings were doughy in not a stick-to-your-mouth, but a melt-in-your-mouth way. Â Each getting ramen and sharing dumplings turned out to be the perfect amount of food and at a reasonable price.
A good Ramen spot is hard to come by, and Toki Underground provides a unique satisfaction for the familiar noodle craving. Â Sometimes you just have put away the prepackaged ramen noodles and get some adult soup.
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