Written byTaylor Abrams
The Toyose proposition: a Korean restaurant, located in an old converted garage, known for being open late, serving seafood pancakes and corn cheese. At the very least, it seems safe to assume this is going to be different than your usual Tuesday night routine. Unless you often eat dinner in your garage in the Outer Sunset.
Toyose is a great option for when you need to mix up the routine, head to a new neighborhood, and eat some Korean food. Especially when you have a big group of people who are tired of tacos and pizza and pasta. The food and vibe at Toyose don’t quite live up to the highly appealing premise of the place, but it's a fun place to eat nonetheless, especially late at night. Toyose is known well for its late hours, and corn cheese probably does taste most delicious when you’re drunk at 1am.
Toyose’s deep Outer Sunset location generally keeps waits short, even with a big group. This is good news because you definitely want to bring a crew to Toyose - the portions are big, and there are a lot of things you’re going to want to order. Considering the fact that the restaurant is an old garage, you won't be surprised to learn there are no windows, and that the place is nothing fancy. The decor is sparse, the service is brisk and to the point. You’re there to eat and drink and be on your way. Speaking of efficiency, there’s a button next to your table that you buzz to call your server. Took us a while to figure that out.
The menu is huge, with some definite wins and some definite strong passes. The seafood pancake, wings, and kimchi fried rice are all awesome, but unfortunately the dry whole fried chicken is a disappointment. And when it comes to the stews, we love instant ramen as much as the next person, but there’s something about getting a hot pot trotted out to your table with a brick to drop into the soup that feels a little off.
So if you’re looking for a change of scenery or late night corn cheese, Toyose is worth visiting at least once. But maybe head out now, it’ll take you a while to get there.
They call it like they see it at Toyose. This is frozen corn smothered in an excessive amount of melted cheese. Everyone seems to order it, so we did too. It’s exactly what it sounds like.
A massive pancake with veggies and big pieces of calamari and whole shrimp in it. This is awesome, order it.
Toyose is known for their wings and with good reason. Spicy and saucy and generally a delight.
All of the yes to this pot of brothy flavor. If you’re a kimchi person, get deeply involved in this. It’s quite good.
Whole Fried Chicken
More isn’t always better. While it’s pretty impressive to be served an entire fried chicken, it is also incredibly dry.
Kimchi Fried Rice
Oh. Yes. This has pork and eggs and lots of kimchi and is spectacular. We couldn’t stop eating this.
Spicy Cold Buckwheat Noodles
Sleeper hit at Toyose. Something cold is pretty refreshing and this plate of spicy noodles with a slightly sweet sauce and a bunch of raw veggies is a nice contrast to all the fried going on.
Fried and beefy and pretty damn good. A tad greasy, but you are not at Toyose to be concerned with such matters.
The stew has an insane amount of seafood from full shrimp to fish collars, and comes with a brick of instant ramen. Unfortunately it’s not that great. Save room on your table for other things.