The humble toasted sandwich holds a pretty special place in my heart.
It all started with the arrival of our family’s first Breville jaffle iron. I think I was about six. At the time, a toasted sandwich made with two Kraft singles and white sliced bread was my personal idea of perfection. The crispy edges. The oozing middle. The constant fear of burning my tongue on molten processed cheese.
I still go back to this combination regularly – it’s one of my favourite comfort foods.
So naturally, my interest was more than piqued when I was followed by an account named Toastface Grillah on Twitter.
Coffee, grilled cheese and a definite hip hop trivia reference? Yes.
You’ll find Toastface down Grand Lane, between Wellington Street and the Murray Street Mall. Look past the bins and the grubby laneway. Think of the sandwiches.
I’d recommend checking out the map on the Toastface website for directions.
There’s eight sandwich options available, ranging from the classics like the Get Yo’ Veg, featuring cheese and Vegemite, to the amusingly named Pear Grillz, featuring blue cheese, pear and lime chutney.
TFP and I were both convinced it’d be an excellent idea to spend the entire day sampling the whole menu – something I still think I would have happily done, if I hadn’t been expected at work that day.
On this visit, thanks to my sandwich loving friends I was still able to get a good look at at least half the menu.
Ham and Cheese ($7.00), with cheddar, ham and mustard pickle
Pear Grillz ($8.00), with blue cheese, pear and lime chutney
Danny Zuccho ($8.00), with brie, prosciutto and zucchini
Brie and jam ($8.00), with brie, mozzarella and jam
I traded half of my brie and jam with TFP, scoring a half of her ham and cheese. Two very diffferent but equally delicious sandwiches!
The coffee is solid too, and our group’s slightly random (but normal for us) orders including a traditional long mac, soy flat whites and two long blacks offered a good sample to back up that statement.
I can’t wait to try the rest of the sandwiches at Toastface. Next time, I may consider allocating more time for my visit. A three cheese for breakfast, followed by the apple and gouda for lunch? With a possible Get Yo’ Veg for an afternoon snack….
Open Monday to Friday, from 7.00am to 4.00pm
Visit the Toastface Grillah website for the full menu and map