Things can get pretty heated when you work in a cutthroat industry such as ours because, naturally, we are solving the world’s problems one dish at a time. This week we tackle the case of Sydney’s best toasties. You should know, Listers, that we take our jobs very seriously, and a significant amount of research has gone into this list. Plus, you know what they say about cheese toastie lovers…
Be warned, cheese dreams are likely, but oh so worth it.
Bondi Farmers Market
There is no greater feeling than waking up on a chilly morning, maybe with a little bit of a sore head, and knowing one of Sydney’s best cheese toasties is just waiting to be lovingly made for your enjoyment. Picture the crunchiest of bread, lightly buttered and perfectly toasted, encapsulating a river of hot, oozy raclette and a sprinkle of spring onion. It’s enough to bring Brad and Jen back together (we can dream). You can find Steve of Raclettes Plus at Bondi Markets every Saturday from 9am – 1pm. Satisfaction guaranteed.
If it’s wrong to be mildly attracted to a sandwich, then we don’t want to be right. Call us strange, but we always get a little too excited about the thought of the Maffra cheese and sage toastie from Wolloomoolloo’s finest sandwich shop, John Montagu. The toastie comes with the perfect balance of crunch, ooze and warmth, this is a truly unmissable sandwich. The menu at good old JM changes every few months, so keep an eye out for the next epic toastie.
Marcelle on Macleay
Hands up who loves to sit and enjoy a big, fat, crunchy reuben sandwich while watching the world go by? That's a lot of hands! Potts Point cafe Marcelle does the ultimate reuben toastie, with layers of corned beef, mouth-watering swiss cheese, sauerkraut and horseradish cream on rye. Yes, this is a reuben just how it should be.
If you’re a fan of the sandwich press, but are also intrigued by the art of the jaffle, this Surry Hills café is one to keep an eye out for. And there will be none of that spilling-out-the-sides nonsense here, all goodness is contained inside the bread and won’t budge until you tell it to. If it’s a toastie you’re after, Sly’s baked mushroom, labna and truffle mayo is a dignified party on your tastebuds, while the duck and chestnut jaffle, well, that just speaks for itself, now doesn’t it?
The Cook and Baker
There’s something magical about a bakery, isn’t there? Something exciting about knowing your delicious croissant, moreish caramel slice, or steaming hot toastie was made so close to where you’re enjoying it. This Bondi Junction café and bakery make a very special cheese toastie, packed full of Swiss cheese and topped with bread ‘n butter pickles for extra enjoyment. Grab one of The Cook and Baker's heavenly sweets on your way out to cap off the experience.
Old Mate on Crown
After years of referring to everything from our scissors to our dog as Old Mate, we were overjoyed when a like-minded human surrendered and named their café after our most-loved moniker. Jokes aside, sandwich making is serious business up in here. Fans of cured meats will love Con; with prosciutto, pesto, provolone, tomato and baby spinach. If you’re a pickle purist like us, good old Freddie is the way to go: sliced roast beef with horseradish mayo, provolone cheese, pickles and baby spinach. Awww yeah.
It’s time to get serious. Because unless you haven’t been listening to us for the past few months, you’ll know Tartine makes a freakin’ lasagne jaffle. Yes, that’s right, two pieces of bread wrapped around as much lasagne as it can hold without bursting its steel-tight grip. You’ve been warned. If you’re some sort of freak and aren’t making plans to visit ASAP, perhaps you will be tempted by a casual Nutella, banana, and marshmallow jaffle. We are not making this up. It’s molten, sweet and warming goodness and worth every second you schlep up the hill when you run it off.
The Stinking Bishops
There’s just no way we would ever leave The Stinking Bishops guys off a cheese-related list. And if there’s anyone you can trust to deliver the goods on a cheese toastie, it’s these guys. The ‘Mr Crispy’ sandwich, wagyu smoked beef with gruyere, house made pickles and horseradish mayo, which is unquestionably the way to go at lunch time, so we strongly recommend you go in with a mate and share the love.
There’s nothing we love more than a bar that allows us to hold a cocktail in one hand, and a toasted sandwich in the other, and that’s why we’re big fans of Redfern bar Arcadia Liquors. They also know we love anything that is carb-on-carb, so naturally we had to jump on board with the potato salad jaffle. Don’t knock it ‘till you try it, we know our sandwiches up in here!
Cabrito Coffee Traders
Finding a decent coffee and sambo in Sydney’s CBD is a lot harder than one would assume. Unless you know where to look, and fortunately we do. Circular Quay café Cabrito Coffee Traders know how we like our toasties: crunchy, large, and filled with all of the cheeses. This one is a blend of three different types of cheese, and it’s a big old party in your mouth with every bite.
Image credit: Alex Squadrito at Old Mate on Crown