Beef on a Kaiser

Guess where I had the most amazing beef on a kaiser? It was at a suburban mini mall in Scarborough called Agincourt Mall more than twenty years ago. Gosh, I am THAT old! At the time there were no places to eat except in this cafeteria-style restaurant. You know the ones where you pick up a tray, pick a salad from the cold food section, order your hot food from the person behind the counter and slide your tray at the end of the line to pay for your meal.

My mom would take my older brother and I to this mini mall to shop and eat. We went back frequently along with my younger brother even after we moved out of the neighbourhood just to eat their beef on a kaiser. Some time later they sold their business to another owner and converted the cafeteria-style restaurant into a full-fledged restaurant. Unfortunately, we tried ordering the beef on a kaiser and it wasn’t the same in either taste or experience.

Even though this joint is like a relic by today’s standards, I loved the whole experience of eating there. I especially enjoyed watching the man behind the counter assembling our sandwiches. Not only was he fast but there was a grace to it. I wish I could show you a video of him preparing the sandwich because my descriptions don’t do it justice. First, he cut the kaiser bun in half. Then he pierced the top half of the bun with his carving fork and dipped it quickly into the au jus without soaking up the bun. Then he cut thick pieces of beef on the what I believe was a prime rib roast on the bone and lay the meat on the bottom half of the kaiser. At last he took the top half of the bun and dipped it quickly into the au jus, put it on top of the beef and cut our sandwich in half. He made our sandwiches so perfectly and quickly that you’d think it was to be served at a fancy restaurant.

When this Memorable Dish was triggered my mind, I thought to myself, “How am I going to make this?!?!” I didn’t even know what cut of beef or spices the restaurant used! I tried recreating it based on recipes I found online. I think the restaurant used prime rib beef because they always gave my mom the rib bone with her sandwich. (They only gave the rib bone to their favourite customers, at least we liked to think so 😉

I’m satisfied with the results of this recreated sandwich. Both my mom and younger brother agree that it’s pretty close to what we had at the restaurant. I am so happy that we got to recollect this Memorable Dish together and can’t wait to make it next time for my older brother 🙂

Beef on a Kaiser

Beef on a Kaiser

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

6 Sandwiches


  • 1 Prime Rib Roast (approximately 4 pounds)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 6 Kaiser Rolls
  • For Au Jus
  • 1 small diced Onion
  • 2 minced Garlic
  • 2 tsp of Olive Oil
  • 3 cups of Beef Broth
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Rub roast with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder and place on rack in a shallow roasting pan.
  3. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until thermometer reads 130°F.
  4. Rest the roast for approximately 20-30 minutes by placing it in another dish and cover with foil while you make the au jus.
  5. Skim off excess fat from the roasting pan.
  6. Heat roasting pan with 1 cup of beef broth and scrape the bits from the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
  7. Heat small pot with olive oil.
  8. Sauté onions until softened, then add garlic.
  9. Add beef broth from the roasting pan and the remaining 2 cups of beef broth and Worcestershire sauce. Bring it to a boil and set aside.
  10. Carve beef.
  11. Cut the kaiser bun in half and lightly dip the inside of the top and bottom bun.
  12. Make a sandwich by placing the sliced beef in the bun.


Note #1: Make sure you take the roast out of the refrigerator and leave to sit at room temperature for 1 hour.

Note #2: You can have the au jus as a dipping sauce on the side if desired.

8 Thoughts on “Beef on a Kaiser

  1. Garry Hess on December 19, 2020 at 1:02 am said:

    I have been craving the agincourt restaurant roast beef on a kaiser…it was always so good and if i got the rib it was a lucky day. I also loved the lime soda they had. You took a glass that had some lime syruo in it and they’d fill it with soda water and you’d get a sword with a cherry. My brother and i would sword foght with them. We usu went there Saturday’s agyer church…then I’d rish to Woolco to the toy section and buy a he-man figure. Hahaha

    • Winnie N on April 29, 2021 at 3:47 pm said:

      Oh my goodness! It’s the same shared memory for those of us growing up in that neighbourhood. Thanks for the comment and I’m glad to hear you had the same craving too! 🙂

  2. Met the Gals from the office at woolco (now Wal mart) often for lunch and loved “the Kiaser on a bun which I dubbed it and even took my first grandchild there The waItress there was very personable and as a good customer you were allowed a second coffee! The sandwich was delicious! good memories

    • Winnie N on April 29, 2021 at 3:51 pm said:

      So happy to hear that you had fond memories of that place as well. I miss it and wish I could bring my kids there 🙂

  3. Beverley on July 24, 2020 at 9:36 am said:

    Reading your article brings back many memories of the delicious roast beef sandwich. My grandparents would come from England it was his favourite place to go for a Kaiser, I think he went back and told all of England how good it was.

    • Winnie N on April 29, 2021 at 3:50 pm said:

      Hello Beverley, thanks for writing and I’m happy to hear that it brings back many memories. I can’t believe that many people remember that place and their beef on a kaiser as well. 🙂

  4. Hi, I googled beef on a kaiser just a moment ago and surprisingly found your comments that brought my memory back from 20 years ago. My parents used to work in Agincourt Mall. I believed I was about grade 5 when I first tasted the beef on a Kaiser in Agincourt Mall restaurant. The way how you described their preparation process including the dipping on the bun, and the bone to loyal customers made me crave this dish more.
    Now I wanted to find a restaurant with similar dish , would you have any recommendation? Thanks.

    • Winnie N on May 8, 2020 at 10:53 am said:

      Hello Eddie, thanks for the lovely comment! Sorry, I haven’t been keeping up with my blog and very surprised and touched that you found my blog entry. To be honest with you, I haven’t found anything that tasted remotely close to that beef on a kaiser at the original cafeteria at Agincourt Mall. They opened a restaurant in the same space shortly after they closed the cafeteria. Our family went there to try their beef on a kaiser and it didn’t taste the same. Give my recipe a try! I made it for my family and they said it was pretty close to the beef on a kaiser they tasted at Agincourt Mall 🙂

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