From gourmet cheese loaded jaffles to vegan dessert toasties, the humble toasted sandwich is back. Follow the irresistible scent of toasted bread to these must visit hot spots.
This bricks-and-mortar outlet comes from famed food truckers, Toasta & Co. Classics like the Croque Monsieur go next level, and you can even get a schnitzel with chips between two slices of fresh crispy bread. When you’ve worked through the savoury options, try a sweet slice like the sinful banoffee pie.
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 small size by focusing on snacks that are easy to prepare. Toasties range from ham, cheese and pickle to grilled broccoli and goat’s cheese.
Another one of Melbourne’s smallest cafes is playing a big part for our four legged friends. Union Kiosk has recently gone 100% vegan, but their toasties are just as flavour-packed as ever. Think meat-free versions of sausage, sauerkraut and double cheese. Follow it up with a hazelnut chocolate or apple cinnamon custard toastie – all egg and dairy free, of course!
The recently reopened rooftop at Bomba doesn’t just offer excellent views. They’ve also got Catalan-style toasties, stuffed with deliciousness like jamón ibérico and truffle. We’ll toast to that!
Cheesy ménage à trois
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!
The crew at the newly opened Appy Eatery in Carlton know their way around a sandwich. While untoasted options include a Vietnamese Reuben and the BBQ pork stuffed ‘Cubano’, our pick is the C.K jaffle. Kimchi, mozzarella and Japanese spiced butter come together in perfect harmony between two slices of jaffle pressed bread.
Arlechin is the laneway bar addition to Chef Guy Grossi’s 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.
Slice of heaven
Kings and Knaves Espresso opened its doors with one thing in mind (apart from quality coffee, of course). This toast bar offers superior slices topped with simple spreads such as passionfruit curd, or several ingredients worthy of a meal. Fancy roasted berries, Rooftop Honey’s finest and ricotta on a thick slice from Noisette Bakery?