Your humble friend, from childhood breakfasts to bleary-eyed late-night snacking, is back. Not that toast ever went away, but it’s certainly having a moment, especially in the form of gourmet toasties and jaffles. Follow the irresistible scent to these hot spots.
Toastie state of mind
From 11am until late every day, Garden State Hotel’s Kiosk cranks out gourmet toasties for patrons in the leafy atrium beer garden. If we had to nominate the best time to try one, it would be the Sundays in the Garden sessions from 4pm. Kick back with the DJ selections, a crafty cocktail and … let’s say the pork and beef bolognaise with mozzarella toastie.
By George, they’ve got it!
Melbourne’s coolest new bars clearly know what side their bread is buttered on – toasties are also on The George on Collins menu. Taking its cue from the luxe department store that formerly called this heritage building home, even the bar snacks are all class. But beware: gobbling a toastie oozing with mozzarella, Iberico ham and black truffle may leave a smudge on your tux.
Chef Guy Grossi recently added a laneway bar to his empire. Sharing the Italian ancestry of his three celebrated Florentino dining establishments next door, Arlechin’s bar menu is about snack-sized, irresistibly calorific bites. Take the humble bolognese jaffle – late-night hunger is officially sorted.
Small cafe, big flavours
For a delicious daytime option, head to Switchboard, which famously operates out of a tiny space in the Manchester Unity building. This cafe has made a virtue of its diminutive size by focusing on snacks that are easy to prepare. Toasties, including roast beef and classic cheese, are mainstays of the menu.
Also on the morning-to-early-evening track is West Melbourne’s Toasta & Co, the food truckers’ bricks-and-mortar outlet that opened in 2016. They take classics like the Croque Monsieur to the next level. They make toasties rivalling burgers: pork sausage and mushy peas are among the Stuart’s fillings, and extras include chicken and eggplant schnitzels. When you’ve worked through the 10 savoury options, try the two sweeties.
Cheesy ménage à trois
From morning until early evening later in the week, Block Arcade’s Barbarella has the nostalgic charm of French and Italian railway station cafes. Our train of thought always leads to their three cheese toasted sourdough sandwich, with gouda, cheddar, parmesan, garlic shallots and relish. All aboard the tasty toastie express!
Slice of heaven
Kings and Knaves Espresso opened its doors in the CBD recently with one thing in mind (apart from quality coffee, of course). This toast bar offers superior slices topped with simple spreads such as lemon curd, or several ingredients worthy of a meal. Fancy house-made berry compote with St. David’s natural yoghurt, crushed pistachio and Rooftop Honey’s finest on Noisette Bakery spiced fruit loaf?