The humble cheese toastie is being given a gourmet makeover

Cool cafés, craft beer halls and elegant restaurants alike are succumbing to the comforting appeal of the grilled cheese sandwich. Here's where to find them.

A plate of grilled cheese on toast with a side salad
  • Deborah Grunfeld
  • January 2020

There’s no better comfort food than melted cheese on good quality bread, toasted golden brown. Now these venues have elevated the classic snack with gourmet ingredients.

Frédéric Bar & Bistro, Melbourne

Just say ‘oui’ to a French classic. At Frédéric Bar & Bistro in Melbourne, the croque monsieur is haute cuisine grilled cheese. On baguette is bechamel, fennel-spiced sausage and red wine-pickled onions, with a gruyere au gratin. (Another elevated take? The bone marrow toastie at Sydney’s Prince of York.)

Valhalla Brewing & Taproom, Geelong

Craft beer and an oozy jaffle. Surely that’s a match made in night-out heaven? At Geelong’s Valhalla Brewing & Taproom, the choice of golden triangles includes the mac and cheese jaffle, an exotic haloumi with marinated fig and the nostalgic joy of Vegemite and cheese.

A mac and cheese jaffle
You can enjoy a mac and cheese jaffle with a craft beer at Valhalla. opens in new window

Toastface Grillah, Perth

Stilton, pear, cinnamon and lime jam on Italian pagnotta? The Pear Grillz (a riff on the name of derring-do Brit Bear Grylls) is as adventurous as the guy its named after. It’s just one of the taste sensations served up at Perth’s Toastface Grillah, a café that focuses on doing just one thing well – making unique grilled sandwiches that are truly melt-in-your-mouth. Proof these guys have the goods? They have opened a new location in Wolf Lane. opens in new window

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