If you’re not familiar with the cheese toastie revolution, it’s likely that you’re wondering just what all the fuss is about. After all, it’s probably been a long time since your mum brought out her trusty Breville, and that 2am combo you whip up with Warburton’s and corner-shop cheddar can hardly be considered inspired. But in recent times, that melted mess that’s seen you through countless snack times over the years has undergone a seriously gourmet overhaul. And believe it or not, it’s come out as the hottest bit of gastro-grub since the sliced bread it’s sandwiched in between.
As the city continues its love affair with all things Americana — clogging up the capital’s arteries with everything from pulled pork to a rack of ribs — the humble grilled cheese sandwich is the next tasty treat to steal the spotlight. Greasier, gooier and considerably more calorific than its British counterpart, the addition of new toppings, high-end cheeses and artisan breads have made it the undisputed toast of the town. With that in mind, we’ve hand-picked London’s best places to get your grill on…
Grill My Cheese
Eager to please the entire city, this mobile home of all things melted can be found roaming the city streets with its innovative cheesy creations. There's a great range of ever-changing grills to choose from including our current favourite, the American-inspired Baby Got Mac complete with pulled pork, mac and cheese, and smoky BBQ sauce on organic sourdough. And they’ve taken up an indefinite residency at Leather Lane market so there’s no need to chase the cheese-mobile around town — at least for the time being.
Morty & Bob's
Based in Netil Market (just round the corner from the more famous Broadway Market), Morty & Bob's have set themselves the mission of transforming the humble toasty into the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich with the best of British produce. We love their classic Straight Up, a three-cheese blend served on sourdough with mixed onions and their top-secret sauce.
Morty & Bob's, Netil Market, 13 Westgate Street, Hackney, Saturdays 11am-5pm
South of the river, you’ll find Borough Market’s Kappacasein who’ve been serving fromage fans since 2000 with their very own cheese. Brave the crowds and indulge in their toasty made with Montgomery cheddar, Ogleshield and Comte cheeses, and five types of onion all served on the staple sourdough.
Kappacasein, Borough Market, SE1, Thu 11am-5pm, Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 8am-5pm
Sager and Wilde
Attracting wine-lovers from across the capital, Sager and Wilde have expanded their menu since opening to include a gourmet grilled sandwich to soak up some of that Sauvignon. Made with the chef’s secret blend of cheeses, enjoy it at their glass brick bar with a cheeky charcuterie plate on the side.
Sager and Wilde, 193 Hackney Road, E2, Mon-Fri 5pm-midnight, Sat-Sun 12pm-midnight
The Cheese Truck
Another grill on the go, The Cheese Truck can be found occasionally at Camden Town Brewery and at Maltby St market on the weekend. Roll up to their retro-inspired van and sink your teeth into their top-selling cheese and onion on buttered Italian sourdough, made with Keen’s cheddar, Montgomery’s Ogleshield and sliced red and white onion.
Duck and Waffle
The ox cheek grilled cheese offering at Duck and Waffle is featured on the late night menu and therefore specifically designed (in our humble opinion) to do a bit of mid-sesh stomach lining. Enjoy gruyere and slow-cooked ox cheek on pan-fried buttered bread as you look out at their famous 40th-floor view.
Duck and Waffle, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate EC2, 'late night' menu only