1520 Pearl St
Eugene, OR 97401
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Toshi’s serves Japanese-style ramen. No, not the Cup O’ Noodle type, but rather the real type like they serve in Japan (Taiwan and, believe it or not, mainland China also have good ramen restaurants…omg, did I just compliment something about mainland China?!)
Ordering: Stand at the front counter and order your ramen of choice from the giant sign board with faded photos of the noodle soup options. Then find a table and wait for delivery. Then wait. Then wait some more. Keep waiting. Shut up and wait.
Are they actually growing the wheat in the kitchen to make the noodles? Are they raising a pig to full maturity for the pork? What the hell can they possibly be doing all this time?! The noodles are all prepared in advance and take about 3 minutes to cook in the big pot of already-boiling water (3 minutes). The veggies are all pre-cut and just waiting to be grabbed and thrown in a bowl (12 seconds). The pork is probably pre-cut also, but even cutting a couple of slices of pork shouldn’t take much time (8 seconds). The soup stock is sitting in a big pot and ready to pour over the noodles (7 seconds). By my calculations, maximum prep time for the whole bowl of ramen soup should be 3 minutes and 27 seconds. Add 3 minutes for admin and chatting amongst the staff. That’s a total of 6 minutes and 27 seconds. So why do I have to routinely wait 25 minutes or more for my food at Toshi’s? It’s a mystery.
How’s the ramen at Toshi’s? Well, it depends on You:
You A: If you have seen the movie Tampopo and actually eaten ramen in Japan, then you will think Toshi’s is just so so and give it two stars.
You B: If you have not seen the movie Tampopo AND not eaten ramen in Japan AND/OR are a homesick Japanese person who is completely sick of eating Eugene hippie food…then you will love it and give Toshi’s 4 stars. You might also rave about how authentic it is and how you think it is cool/exotic when Japanese-American girls put chopsticks in their hair as style accoutrements…or are those Chinese-Americans that do that?…Vietnamese-Americans? Whatever. You’ll love Toshi’s!
Finally: Bus your own table, damn it! It’s Eugene.
Summary: (2 + 4) / 2 = 3 stars