Bánh mì or bánh mỳ (/ˈbʌn ˌmiː/) is directly translated to ‘bread’ in the Vietnamese language, specifically the torpedo-shaped bun used to make the classic bánh mì pâté thịt (sandwich with pâté and meat). However, over the years we have North Americanized the term and now recognize it as a type of Vietnamese sandwich, regardless of the ingredients stuffed into that bun.
Banh Mi Boys have brought their interpretation of the popular Vietnamese street fare to their shiny, new location at the corner of Queen and Spadina, in Toronto, Ontario. Offering an extensive menu of banh mi sandwiches, ranging from the more traditional pork belly, to duck confit, to a lemongrass braised tofu option. Not in a sandwich mood? The menu also offers an assortment of tacos, steamed bao and loaded french fry platters.
The more adventurous foodie is free to scoff at the premium prices ($5.99 for the pork belly banh mi) and make their way north on Spadina Avenue to one of the Vietnamese shops there, but there will be no great menu selection, sleek decor and (on a personal note) I wouldn’t recommend ingesting the warm mayonnaise.
If you’ve never had a banh mi sandwich, I recommend Banh Mi Boys to be your first. The boutique-sized eatery is serving fresh, tasty renditions of classic Vietnamese flavours. It’s clearly a popular stop for locals and tourist folk alike, so lunch and dinner hours are B.U.S.Y.. If you plan to eat at one of the limited counter spaces or few tables, I recommend using the buddy system – one to order & wait, the other to secure your hub and engage in some conversation with fellow kimchi fans.
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