Combining bread, cheese, and a little butter has become one of the greatest comfort foods ever created. In Melbourne, talented chefs and restaurateurs have elevated the classic grilled cheese sandwich aka cheese toasties by adding their own touches. We have compiled a list of the city's six best spots to savour a grilled cheese sandwich to celebrate this simple yet delicious dish.
The humble cheese toastie
First on the list is Bluebag
, a café that proudly serves 'feel good food' that is simple, healthy, and ethical. For as little as $4, you can enjoy their toasties, including the 'Little Piggy Toastie', which is served on sourdough bread with cheese, smoked bacon, tomato, and basil.
Where: 405 Collins Street & Madame Brussels Lane, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
2. Hector's Deli pays homage to treasured classics by using elevated ingredients to deliver deliciously authentic sandwiches. Their HCT sandwich contains mortadella, provolone, mozzarella, and tomato chutney on toasted white sourdough - an ideal midweek pick-me-up.
Where: 253 Coventry Street, South Melbourne & 1/94 Buckingham Street, Richmond. Fitzroy store opening soon.
3. The Nico's sandwich deli team are known for their fresh and tasty sangas, utilising the best ingredients creatively. Their tuna melt with Swiss cheese, pickled chilli, cornichons, and pickled fennel is sure to set hearts racing with its twist on the classic cheese sandwich.
Where: Healey's Lane, Melbourne, 1 Piera Street Brunswick East & 1 Kerr Street, Fitzroy
4. Peddler Espresso café is Melbourne's hottest espresso lounge, peddling golden espresso from a copper-dipped machine atop a distinctive deep red marble coffee bar. It is the perfect breakfast stop or afternoon pick-me-up, with in-house roasted coffee and simple cheese and tomato toastie; the perfect way to start the day.
Where: MQ Melbourne Quarter, Situated between Flinders and Collins
Peddler Espresso - toastie
. Sergy Boy
is a multi-experiential cafe bar renowned for its slow-cooked comfort meals. Their delectable ham and cheese croissants are not to be missed - because cheese is always better in a croissant. Get it toasted for that grilled cheese effect, and voila!
Where: 699 Collins St, Docklands
Sergy boy offerings
The Token Toasties
team has changed the game in toasties with their diverse range of sandwiches, promising something for everyone. The classic KISS sandwich, which simply contains cheddar, tomato, and ketchup, will satisfy all your grilled cheese needs.
Where: 385 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
And there you have it. The humble grilled cheese sandwich is the ultimate comfort food, yet Melbourne's cafes and delis have taken it to the next level with their creative twists. Whether you prefer a classic grilled cheese or something more adventurous, these six spots will satisfy your cravings.