First we had rainbow bagels, then the doughnuts and now… well, it’s safe to say our friends over in Hong Kong have gone crackers for tasting the rainbow with the new multi-coloured toasty.
Unfortunately, this new craze hasn’t reach London yet. But we can sink our teeth into these regular coloured (but still cheesilicious) toasties…
A recent study found that lovers of cheese on toast have more sex and are generally better people. I don’t think there has ever been a better reason to eat cheese and carbs. Luckily, the simple grilled cheese has undergone a bit of a Renaissance here in London and we’ve been hearing rumours of all sorts of gourmet combos… Foie gras? Ox cheek? Truffle? Tell. Me. More.
1. Kappacasein, Borough Market
The Kappacasein Dairy in Bermondsey has been open since 2008, producing the finest cheese using their 100-year-old copper vat from Switzerland and organic milk from Kent. Head down to Borough Market on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday and you’ll be able to sample this cheese, melted down into delicious gooey sandwich form. Try their signature serve: Montgomery cheddar, Ogleshield and Comte cheeses and five types of onion. That’s enough cheese to give you nightmares for the week. But it’s so worth it.
8 Southwark St
2. Duck And Waffle, The City
There’s an old London saying that goes, “You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten a grilled cheese and ox cheek sandwich at 3am while gazing out over the city.” It’s a catchy one, isn’t it? Okay fine, we made that one up but we’re telling you, this is one for the bucket list. Duck and Waffle sits on the 40th floor and is open 24hrs, meaning it’s not for the faint hearted, in pretty much all respects.
3. Melt Room, Soho
These guys are the new kids on the block. Recently opened up in Soho, this tiny little 12-seater café is open from 7am until late, fulfilling all your breakfast, lunch and dinner requirements. The pastrami special with porcini mushroom, horseradish and sparkenhoe red Leicestershire is supposed to be pretty incredible – and there’s also a sweet option in the form of a nutella and mascarpone melt. Oh and did we mention they also deliver locally? That’s one dangerous piece of information for those of you with offices nearby…
26 Noel Street
4. The Cheese Truck, Maltby St Market
Matt Carver, a regular on the festival foodie circuit, serves up an array of melted cheese temptations from a disused ice cream van called Archie. He’s got a fixed spot at Maltby St Market in Bermondsey and people have gone so far as to call him the best food truck in London. With the amount of meals-on-wheels cruising around the city at the moment, that is kind of a big deal. Try it and you’ll understand.
5. Grill My Cheese, Leather Lane Market
We’ve got something to confess. We tried a PB&J grilled cheese the other day…and we nearly cried. Just to clarify, that’s organic sourdough, american cheese, red chilli jam, peanut butter and CRISPY BACON. The combination of salty and sweet is enough to reduce any man to tears (in the best possible way). Try it, and weep.
Leather Lane Market (Wed-Fri, 12-2pm)
See their website for more event info – these guys get around.
6. Dishoom, Shoreditch (and multiple locations)
Dishoom’s cheese toast is probably the best thing that’s ever come out of fusion cooking. Yup. That’s a pretty big claim. This Bombay-style restaurant lays on the cheddar thick and the green chillis even thicker. And its breakfast counterpart, Kejriwal, where the chilli cheese is then topped with two fried eggs, is nothing short of an early-morning miracle. They’ve got two other branches in Covent Garden and Kings Cross too, meaning you’re never too far from the melted stuff. Just how it should be.
7 Boundary St
Featured image photo credit: Grill My Cheese