After enjoying our lunch at Burrito Boyz on August 25th, my girlfriend and I decided to try Banh Mi Boys near Spadina and Queen. On the bus ride there from Harbourfront, I kept checking my phone for reviews because I had reservations about going to a place I never heard of before. I imagined it to be one of a typical Vietnamese restaurants, but I could not have been more wrong.
Once I got there and saw a menu on the screen above the cashier counter, I realized Banh Mi Boys is not a typical sit-down restaurant. My girlfriend and I ordered Grilled Pork Banh Mi, Five Spice Pork Belly Steamed Bao, and Kimchi Fries and waited for a table to be available.
No one ingredient in Kimchi Fries overpowered the others; all ingredients actually complemented one another by enhancing or neutralizing the taste. Kimchi's spiciness and sourness neutralized the greasiness of mayonnaise, whereas it enhanced the taste of pulled pork, as it typically does so in many Korean dishes featuring kimchi and pork.
During our visit, a number of customers were turned around because only banh mis were available as it neared the closing time. What would be nice to have is a dynamically changing menu that shows availability of different menu items.
I am giving Banh Mi Boys 4 stars out of 5. (★★★★☆)