Top Gun Steak
Top Gun Steak has landed in Kensington Market, sandwiches, milkshakes, fries and all. Augusta Avenue is welcoming this new restaurant with a patio just in time for spring, with beef, lamb, chicken, and veggie sandwiches. They use halal rib-eye or strip-loin steak, juicy and tender, topping lightly toasted buns and sides of sweet coleslaw.
The menu is a series of witty movie references ready for any Top Gun fan. You're invited to reminisce about long lost bromance with a bite of the Maverick - steak, pulled lamb in maple BBQ sauce, Havarti, sautéed onions, fried egg, lettuce and tomato ($12.99) - or Goose, with chicken breast, Havarti, guacamole, chipotle mayo and jalapeno pepper ($8.50).
They have a few surprises up their sleeve too: the Stinger steak sandwich features rosemary garlic mayo and habanero salsa with a nice kick, and a peppered fried egg with yolk that will be dripping down your hand with every delicious bite.
Deep-fried crusted mozzarella cheese adds a crunch atop Take My Breath Away (top photo), along with steak, spicy pico de gallo, a fresh slice of avocado and heavy drizzling of chipotle mayo ($10.50).
Steak co-pilots with buffalo chicken strips in the Flying Zone, which features a mountain of both, with honey mustard, BBQ sauce, Swiss cheese, grilled onions, jalapenos, lettuce and tomatoes ($12.99).
They offer two veggie options, like the Charlie, which opts for veggie steak and tofu cheese ($7.50) or 360 Degrees with grilled Portobello mushroom, eggplant, and goat cheese with creamy garlic sauce ($8.50).
For those not in the sandwich mood, don't get caught in a jetwash. There's the Mighty Chicken ($9), which features tender breaded chicken strips with a too-light covering of buffalo sauce hiding a heap of fries and chipotle mayo on the side.
The Top Gun Poutine ($5) doesn't recall much in the movie, but it's a serviceable dish (kinda like Hollywood's role as a pilot). The ratio of gravy and cheese to fries is quite good, but the latter could be a bit crisper so as to avoid getting soggy.
Top Gun Steak has a front patio with half a dozen tables, stools with a window view of the action in Kensington Market, and a few tables at the back where you can sit among Top Gun decals and "I feel the need... the need for steak" signage decorating the black walls.
Your order is taken at the register fast-food style, but any friendly service past the bare minimum was lacking after that. The shop isn't licensed at present, but among Jones Soda and juice they do have chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry milkshakes at $5 each.
Top Gun Steak is the new kid on the block, but their sandwiches make it worth the visit. You'll have nothing but loving feelings when you do.
Photos by the author