by Catherine Dunwoody
Here’s some insider’s intel you’ll want to get in on. One of Vancouver’s most sought after catering companies has opened a restaurant in Richmond. Yep, located just on the other side of Knight Street near IKEA, in the business area, Boy With A Knife Catering is serving up lunch – and locals couldn’t be happier.
The 55-person full service restaurant has a licensed patio and a grab ‘n go deli serving soups and grilled sandwiches, espresso and pastries. If you’ve ever attended a wedding, corporate event, or party catered by these ‘boys’ – you know how skilled owners Chef Brandon Dac and Sean Fay are. I chatted with Sean recently about their new venture.
CD: Tell me about your background, for starters.
SF: The business came about pretty organically. Brandon was working for a catering company in the city and I was working a corporate job in finance. We both were feeling uninspired with what we were doing but one thing that we always enjoyed was throwing dinner parties for our friends. It was funny because Brandon knew food, and I knew service, so we naturally knew how to throw a pretty good party.
I think it was one day after a long day of work we were sitting in our kitchen when we both decided that we should start our own business. Boy With A Knife started in 2013 as a side project out of our kitchen, but as we got going the response to our food was really great. It didn’t take long until we took the leap, quit our full time jobs, and really focused on building BWAK into the business it is today.
CD: Is there a signature dish at the Grill we should know about?
SF: Chicken banh mi is great because it’s a simple burger, but nails all the components of a traditional Vietnamese banh mi sandwich. We make our own du cha (pickled daikon and carrot) with a Sriracha mayo and a lemongrass marinated chicken breast. Another great thing about our banh mi is that the patty is made with potato flour and starch so it is gluten free when used with a gluten free bun.
CD: Is there a hot food trend you are into theses days?
SF: Loving things that are small. Adorable one-biters are my go-to right now.
Visit Boy With A Knife Grill and Deli for happy hour at lunch time – deals and specials daily.
Boy With A Knife
7 – 3331 Viking Way
604.278.0543 (deli & grill)