Crave It Restaurant Group has teamed up with Monte Wan, who brought Toronto Khao San Road and Nana, to create an inspiring Fast Casual Thai Street kitchen.
The word “Buri” means “City” and Bangkok Buri was inspired by the very streets of Bangkok City in Thailand, one of the world’s best cities for food. Bangkok is known for serving an amazing range of street food out of open fronted shop houses. Piping hot noodles, stir fried dishes over rice and fresh thai curries served with grilled meats all serve as the back drop to our menu inspiration.
Our menu is crafted with traditional elements and pairs the streets of Thailand with our modern urban cities. Bangkok Buri provides any food goer with a truly unique and flavourful dining experience.
Monte Wan’s path to success in the hospitality business hasn’t been conventional. He grew up in a food-loving household with a father who ran a restaurant, and enhanced his own natural knack for cooking through trial and error. Despite this, Monte started out attending the University of Waterloo for a degree in math and beginning his career as an IT consultant. This job allowed him to travel extensively, and as he explored the world the excitement of his discoveries in food inspired a change in plans.
In 2011 Monte opened Toronto’s Khao San Road (consistently voted Toronto’s number one Thai Restaurant), inspired by the food he experienced in Thailand. The restaurant quickly developed a reputation for an addictively delicious menu. The restaurant’s loyal following of regulars was thrilled when Monte opened its street food sister restaurant Nana in 2014 on trendy Queen Street West. In winter of 2017, Khao San Road’s new two-story location opened on Charlotte Street adding a cocktail and snack bar, Bang Sue, to the family. Through all his success to date, Monte remains most passionate about the food itself and will continue to make his mark on Toronto’s restaurant community with a slew of projects he looks forward to launching in the future.
One of those projects includes Monte’s partnership with the Crave it Restaurant Group. Together they are bringing Monte’s craft of Thai inspired dishes to the masses in a simple and open fast casual format.
The Founders of Crave it are no strangers to the restaurant world. They have built and developed international brands, such as Mucho Burrito, Extreme Pita, Via Cibo, The Burger’s Priest and Stoney’s Bread Company. With a strong track record for growing brands the Crave it Restaurant Group has always sought opportunities to partner with successful restauranteurs who have mastered their craft in a particular food genre.