- Complimentary chef-selected item (chili oil beef dumplings) per member when you dine at the restaurant
Opened just shy of a year ago, this exciting eatery specializing in Japanese ramen and Taiwanese iron plate dishes vaulted onto both Infatuation’s “Best New Restaurants in Houston” and “Best in Chinatown” Lists. The word “yori” in Japanese means “closer, intimate,” and that is the key to Toyori’s ambience. Executive Chef Mingyan “Max” Zou was born in Taiwan and graduated from the esteemed National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism, the pinnacle of that nation’s culinary education. He then pursued specialized training in ramen-making at the Yamato Seisakusho Corporation in Kagawa, Japan and worked for two years at Michelin-Starred Ichiran, the renowned Japanese ramen restaurant. In 2020, Chef Zou headed for America and fulfilled his dream of opening his first authentic ramen restaurant in Houston. His dedication lies in using traditional techniques, allowing American guests to savor the most authentic taste of Japanese ramen. “[Toyori’s] quality and consistency are what keep us coming back for bowl after bowl,” raves Infatuation.