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GRAND REOPENING: Baos ‘n beers @ Broadview Hotel

Here on Triple B, we’ve been to more than a few rooftop patios downtown, but there aren’t nearly as many in the East End — the only ones I know are Gusto 501 and the Broadview Hotel. Now, I’ve got some good memories of slamming some AYCE BBQ at the Broadview back in the good old days of 2019, so we figured it’s time to head back to their rooftop. Only this time, there’s no BBQ on the menu…but they are serving up not one, not two, not three but four different kinds of baos, bro!

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I really wanted to try one of every bao on the menu…but man, this Nashville hot chicken bao was about as Nashville as Lil Nas X. I mean, at this point, I kinda know that anything called “Nashville hot chicken” in Toronto ain’t gonna have the face-melting, extreme heat of Hattie B’s — but I was expecting at least a lil bit of spice here. And there was none. Chicken wasn’t bad on its own, but man, I’ve had mild Thai food that was (a lot) spicier than this!!!

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Now we’re going with something more traditional in this braised pork belly bao. While it didn’t blow my mind, up in the air, up in the air, it is pretty much what you’d expect from a Chinese steamed-bun sandwich.

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While I was really looking forward to this beef brisket bao, it turned out to be more brisket pho than Texas BBQ. Still wasn’t bad though — the cashews were an interesting touch.

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But now we’re gonna funk it up a notch with a crispy tofu bao, bro! I could say that this was one of the top five crispy tofu dishes I’ve ever had…but I don’t think I’ve even had five crispy tofu dishes ever.

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When it comes to the beers, I was pleasantly surprised to hear they had Dieu du Ciel’s Rosée D’Hibiscus as their rotating seasonal tap. Probably the pinkest beer I’ve ever had, it packs a lot of fruity flavour with a slightly sour finish.

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And you KNOW I couldn’t hit the former home of Jilly’s Strip Club without slamming down a Jilly’s Blonde, bro! Hey, it beats licking the sweat off a stripper’s g-string, or so I’m told… 😛

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: One chicken, one pork, and one beef…

Now, for me, sandwiches are like potato chips — you betcha I can’t eat just one, Mark Messi-bro! So when I found out about Makan, this funky little Asian joint at Queen and University, that’s serving up nine different kinds of baos, you KNOW I had to try at least three of them!

We’re starting off with the big, bad, Big Bird Bao, bro! We’re talkin’ fried chicken, cucumber and some hot donkey sauce in between a perfectly plump and pillowy steamed bun. Dude, this is some of the crunchiest fried chicken I’ve ever had! If they ever make a full-sized sandwich, they could really give Popeyes a run for its money!!!

Up next, we’ve got my homie, Notorious P.I.G. (that is actually what it’s called!) Dude, I’m about to go all Suge Knight on this sando, bro! Pork belly is unctuous and scrumptious, with crumbled peanuts and a special sauce — meat just melts in your mouth!!!

Now, we’re about to funk it up another notch with this beef rendang bao. This Indonesian-style curry has shredded beef, with a lovely bunch of coconuts, peanuts and cucumbers. Dude, this bun is like a Slider Gone Wilder — it’s headed straight down to Downtown Flavourtown!!!

Now, while this order seemed to take a little longer (it was a good 45-50 min, and I’m not too far away), the food arrived hot and fresh, so they definitely took their sweet, tender lovin’ time. And it was really tasty, too! Only thing is, just three of these sammies makes for a pretty light lunch in Flavourtown. I could slam at least six of these bad boys — and still have room for dessert!!!!!!

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Take a bao (or three), bro!

Now, I once put an entire Peking Duck between steamed buns, son, so when I heard about Mean Bao, this funky little chain serving up steamed buns all over this city, you KNOW I had to check it out! They might not have duck, but they’ve got two kinds of chicken, three kinds of pork…and unfortunately the one I ordered from was all outta beef, but they do have it on the menu, too.

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We’re starting off with the classic pork belly bao. This bad Momofuku in Flavourtown is super unctuous, with a nice kick from the hoisin, a coupla cucumbers and the bun just melts in your mouth. Eat your heart out, David Chang!!!

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Now it doesn’t get much more Toronto than this — jerk chicken inside a Chinese bun, son! The pulled chicken has a decent kick, but not too spicy, and there’s a whole pile of cool, creamy coleslaw on top. We be jammin’ this straight down de piehole, mon!!!

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And now we’re about to funk it up another notch. This Sloppy Jones bao is sorta like a Sloppy Joe, except with ground pork instead of beef. And it sure lives up to its name! While the other two baos stayed together, this one had stuff falling out all over the place — the bun even broke across the bottom, making it sloppy AF. But you know what I say, if it ain’t messy, it ain’t tasty, bro!!!!!!!