Toko is an attractive bistro-type restaurant with a street-side patio. Herbal teas are a speciality.
I would've never expected it to be an eatery, though I've passed down a few times. It looks like ... well, a food factory. It's hidden away from most restaurants, but the bonus is that it's a nice quiet neighbourhood and easy to get parking.
The decor inside is actually quite nice, a little modern and clean. Service was really really nice, no complaints there.
We asked for the No MSG option (funny it isn't the default and it's hidden on the back page of the menu). 2 appetizers and 3 mains ran us $45 after tax (before tips) and we had lots to take home.
The menu is pretty amazing for its sheer size, somewhere around 200 items. Perhaps surprisingly (at least for me), the food was pretty good! It tasted fresh and clean, veggies not overcooked, just right.
The deep fried coconut milk was nice, if a little greasy. Lettuce wrap was light yet satisfying, and the house special fried noodle also hit the spot.
Overall, great place to stop by and stop for a casual meal.
I like the location. Tucked away in an area with low traffic & easy parking. It has become a new favourite to drop by to grab a quick casual dinner from (even went 2 days in a row as I found myself craving the deep fried coconut milk). I'm glad I read about it on this site as I've passed by it numerous times before but would probably never have given it a chance otherwise.
They do sport a very extensive menu, it's often difficult to decide what to eat so I always want to go back to try out more. I must always remember to request for NO MSG as by default, everything is sprinkled with that stuff. They tell you to request for no MSG on the back page of the menu if that is indeed what you prefer. The seafood ramen is pretty well loaded with stuff. Generous in comparison to the numerous Chinese noodle houses or HK style Western eateries. The prices are pretty good too. Too bad the black pepper beef fried noodle wasn't served on a sizzling hot plate, but it did have plenty of crispy noodles & lots of beef content though they called it something like "beef steak pepper crispy fried noodles" (I'm sure I'm a little off, but smthing to that extent). The curry chicken rice, however, doesn't quite have the value. A huge pile of rice & lots of yellow curry sauce, but not much else. Of course, what pieces of chicken it did have was tasty without being dry. I also love how they serve their teas in a little tea pot with a thermos of hot water that they refill but is kept nicely warm in there for each order/individual. And the wines by the glass is cheap! For the most part, all of the beverages are more than reasonable at about $3.
I love this quiet casual little place that's clean for the most part. If I wanted Chinese/Asian food catering service, I would definitely come to them for the service.
I went here for lunch with a co-worker. We were seated promptly even though the restaurant was quite busy.
Food: I had a "dan dan" noodle with pork, which is a soup noodle with peanut sauce. It was excellent noodle texture and the soup was creamy and plenty of yummy peanut taste. The only complaint was that it is slightly too spicy, even though I requested it mild.
Service: I think it was summer break for the owner's kids so we had some amateur servers. One kid seemed like he didn't want to be there, and was a little bit lost. Otherwise, my water was always refilled so no complaints, but not exceptional.
Ambiance: Standard business district eatery. Confused decor. They sell some small jewellry at the front desk area, have chinese chairs and lanterns, with a Japanese name...Menu has Western, Chinese and Japanese food, decently clean.
Overall, I would return here for lunch. I think they don't open for dinner here.
Toko is a little gem in the midst of an industrial landscape. As I understand, it is a small restaurant component to a noodle factory--GOOD thinking. The noodles are fantastic. I always have hot and sour soup, shanghai noodle stirfry and an ice cream desert. The interior is nice, inoffensive and a great relief from those brightly lit monster dining rooms that the chinese are apt to build and the service is more casual than the sterile and servile high end japanese restaurants. It's casual and clean and I recommend this place before an asian greasy spoon.
I had the Curry Chicken and rice from Toko last week. Being that it was under $8, I was expecting a lunch portion and I got two dinner servings (well one and a half.) I know when I go again, I'm going to bring a container to work so I can bring the balance home or have it the next day.
There was lots of rice, chicken and green and red capsicum (peppers) while maybe a little heavy on the sauce, it might work better for some people who love sauce. (I wished a had a couple poppadoms to go with it.)
I'll definitely be back. :-)
We often stop by here for a quick dinner. They have a large menu and the prices are very good. It's difficult to finish a plate by myself. Service is always quick and pleasant. Never had a bad meal. The food quality is above average and very consistant.
We love Sha-lin noodles on Broadway but don't care for the poor service and grungy atmosphere.
Toko is clean and modern and our waitress was helpful and efficient. The portions were generous and the fresh. The Gyozas were homemade and delicious.
The restaurant offers seating outside which is a unique experience for eating Chinese food.
Toko's is a gem, I'm glad I happened to move near it! Every meal I've had has been outstanding, extremely well done. The service is very fast and friendly. Drink prices are the cheapest I've seen in Vancouver, and desert is good too. The ambiance is a funny mix, but not offensive. It's an excellent place to go with a party of friends. On my way there now :)
Dined with a party of 11. The service was very attentive and the food (we ordered 10 mains, and three appies between us) was without exception, very good. It was enjoyable being with a larger group which allowed us to sample many more of the dishes than as a couple. They have a decent beverage list, and the prices are reasonable.
It is an "off the beaten track" location and considerably quiter than the majority of Oriental restaurants we've eaten at.
We would definitely return.
I like that this restaurant is tucked away behind Broadway and Cambie. It is warmly decorated and it feels cozy. It's mainly asian with a touch of some fusion. Noodles are great, but I always get the vegetarian lettuce wraps and I'm never dissapointed.
Love the food, the menu, the teas and the unfailingly cheerful, intelligent service. We had rice noodles with barbecued pork, egg plant with chili sauce, szechuan beans (dry), lettuce wrap with chicken, chowmein with prawn, and it was all wonderful-brought slowly, steaming hot, crunchy, and oh so good to the table. The server was careful to provide lots of napkins, explanations of dishes as requested-a suggestion or two about whether dry or sauced green beans would be like the ones someone in our party ate in Chengdu. and brought water with lemon frequently to counteract the hot day and spicy food. We lingered chatting for two hours. I would go back, and will, with a family party. The noodles are made fresh on the premises, no MSG on request, and a willingness to help customers order.