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Hot Bunzz Available Inside The Urban Bistro

May 4, 2013 | By More

Mark Oliver started his Hot Bunzz concept one year ago at the Toronto Underground Market. From those humble beginnings, Mark has expanded the business and now has a permanent location to serve his Hot Bunzz from, inside a new concept restaurant at Yonge and St. Clair called the Urban Bistro. Located at 21 St. Clair Ave. W., Urban Bistro is scheduled to open for business on Monday, May 6, 2013.

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Originally inspired by the steamed buns found in Chinese cuisine, Mark fills his food with what he like’s to call “flavour adventures”. Taking flavours from around the world and putting them inside a bun. Each day he’s going to offer fresh street gourmet style buns with options like Canadian bison short rib, Canadian elk, and seafood offerings on Fridays like tiger shrimp and jumbo scallop. They will also serve buns known as #StreetCuizine, based around comfort foods we’ve all grown to love like texas pulled pork, brazilian beef, thai basil beef, and thai curry chicken. There will also be a different daily vegetarian offering.

The buns are baked fresh five times a day. Single combos are available from $8, with that you get, one bun, fresh made potato chips, a salad and a drink. Double combos, with two buns, are also available and start at $10. Mark’s plan is to go after the office lunch crowd from the nearby office towers. Hot Bunzz is scheduled to be open initially from 11-8pm, the plan is to extend those hours once the Urban Bistro receives a liquor license. Mark also plans to expand the menu to offer up breakfast buns, gluten free options and dessert buns.

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Hot Bunzz is one of three food offerings that can be found inside the Urban Bistro. Mark’s friend Mandy Lau took over the space that used to be occupied by a Hero Burger / Lettieri café to create his unique concept of of an asian inspired urban food court, simulating the food stalls found on the streets of Hong Kong. Lau is running the other stalls, one is a breakfast spot, and the other a fast-casual chinese stir-fry/noodle option. Mandy wants to prove that not all Chinese food is greasy, with easy to order dishes based around eight key ingredients. Mandy is also offering create your own noodle bowls, as seen in the image above, with options like shirataki noodles, shrimp, and vegetables in a light chicken broth and topped with Lau’s special hot sauce.

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Even with the new brick and mortar location, Mark can still be found selling Hot Bunzz at pop up events like TUM and the ROM’s Friday Night Live nights series.

For more information, follow @HotBunzzTO on Twitter, @HotBunzzTO on Instagram, like HotBunzz on Facebook and tag your Hot Bunzz food pics with the #StreetCuizine hashtag.

HotBunzz, 21 St. Clair Ave. W., inside the Urban Bistro, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1K6

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Category: Food, People, Places

  • You need to fix your Twitter link above for Hotbunz it goes to FidelGastro.

  • foodea

    Hi Sean,

    The link has been fixed! Thanks for the heads up. 🙂

    Matthew.