Peter Chiu was working at the corporate office of Mandarin as a business development manager when he decided that it was time to start something of his own. “The North American palate wants something more exotic,” he says. “There’s a lot of Chinese and Japanese restaurants out there, and we wanted to do something different.”
Enter Basil Box: A healthy eatery inspired by Southeast Asian streetfood and specializing in make-your-own Thai/Vietnamese boxes. Tucked just outside Ryerson University at Yonge and Dundas, it's easy to see why the airy restaurant draws in so many passersby, student and beyond. Complete with floor to ceiling windows and a vibe that's equally welcoming for quick take-out or sit-down lunch, the space is the brainchild of Peter, who opened the first location in Mississauga’s Square One in July 2015. Much to the delight of Toronto foodies, in 2016, he opened two additional locations in the city proper – one in the downtown core and one at Queen and Spadina.
Build your own box at this tasty, modern Thai spot attached to the Ryerson Student Learning Centre. It’s the perfect spot if you want a flavour-packed lunch or dinner with plenty of vitamins and proteins, and you’re also keen on something budget-conscious. Choose your base of greens, rice, or noodles and tailor your meal to your personal taste buds with an array of veggies, proteins, sauces and toppings for an out-of-the-Box (high five) experience.
This Yonge Street salad bar is a central hangout for the Ryerson crowd and others in the hood looking for a quick but satisfying lunch. At Basil Box, a salad bar with an Asian flair, you’re the chef. Choose from an assortment of veggies, noodles, proteins, sauces and other accoutrements to create your own salad. After all that hard work, treat yourself to a sweet Mango rice parfait for dessert ;)
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