Restaurants out toward the Sunset tend to be characteristically low key and economical yet they also tend to serve some consistently solid food. Toyose, located as far out as you can be in the Sunset without being located in the Pacific Ocean, serves some really tasty food, including the best Kimchi Fried Rice I’ve ever had. Pdho and I have been meaning to come back for awhile, so we ended up bringing TUmmy along so she could try some good ole Korean food. Since we ordered a lot of the same dishes as the first time we ate at Toyose, I figured I would only highlight some of the food this time around.
Whatever they do in the preparation of the fried rice to make it taste so good, I’m sure it’s probably not good for anyone’s diet. The finely chopped kimchi and beef was evenly fried throughout and lent a subtle kimchi flavor to the rice. In addition to the creaminess from the yolk of the fried egg, I think the oily texture of the rice really made it taste like crack fried rice.
With so many people raving about fried chicken at Korean restaurants, it’s no wonder that KFC doesn’t just stand for Kentucky Fried Chicken anymore. So my expectations were on the high side when we ordered this dish, and I was pretty disappointed. The chicken was a little bit on the dry side and wasn’t very juicy or flavorful.
I really love the Kimchi Fried Rice here, and even though it took over 20 minutes to get there from my place, I will definitely be back…. just not when it’s the middle of July and the entire area is overcast in clouds and temperatures in the 40’s. Haha!
3814 Noriega Street
San Francisco, CA 94122
PAFO Ratings for Toyose:
Ambiance 2½ stars
Food 3½ stars
Overall rating 3½ stars