Banh Mi Boys, Fashion District, Toronto
Banh Mi Boys is one of the highest rated restaurants in Toronto Zomato, and also one of the most popular ones, judging by the volume of reviews and the crowds inside. And all for under an $8! I head in twice for two of their best rolls.
All for Mi
I was struggling to decide on which of the many Queen West eateries I should venture in for a dinner, and then Banh Mi Boys appeared as if like destiny. My order was for the grilled pork belly one. This is a most modern taken on the humble Vietnamese baguette, with the buns toasted, addition of Japanese pickles (whoa!), no pate or butter, and just a very fine helping of meat.
The menu at Banh Mi Boys expands to baos, tacos and a few other thematic choices. This was an excellent sandwich, fresh tasting and a clean eat with the mayo complimenting the meat and salad well. I could have done with a bit more pork, so probably would suggest paying the extra for that. Not authentic but a clever twist that’s worthwhile and worth checking in for.
On a roll
Update: a new year, a new visit for Banh Mi Boys on my second trip to Toronto. As you would believe it, I ended up ordering the pork belly banh mi again. I guess I’m a sucker for that every time. This time I popped in at late afternoon and all reasonably quiet at this time of day. I didn’t seem to have any qualms about the amount of meat, it is what it is.
It’s a great option for a bite in Toronto, when you need something more on the cheap and are sick of the usual burgers and pizzas. The pickles throw me off a little and a whack of butter would do me so well, but there’s a fine experience at Banh Mi Boys all the same.