Creators Felix and Justin Kong opened Melt Brothers opened late last year, offering a very cheesey alternative to the quintessential office sandwich lunch that I reckon deserves a try. Because everyone loves cheese, right?
And by the way, Melt Brothers are having a Free Grilled Cheese day on Saturday 8 April from 10 am-12pm in celebration of National Grilled Cheese Day.
Melt Brothers are located in the little alleyway of Gresham Lane. If you’re on Adelaide Street, walk down between the buildings of Sparrow and Finch and the Bendigo Bank. Gresham Lane is pedestrian only, but the path is wide and not cluttered, making navigating prams and mobility vehicles relatively painless.
Their space is tiny and has just a few high stools inside, but Gresham Lane has a couple of benches down the walkway outside. Otherwise, grab your order to go and head to Anzac Square to wiggle your toes in the grass.
Melt Brothers are super friendly. You can kinda watch them prep sandwiches through the collection window before lunch hour, which is sort of relaxing if you’re a touch OCD like me and find systematic sandwich assembly calming.
You order and pay at the counter and collect your meal from the cutest neon-clad window.
All their toasted sandwiches are served in vegan friendly white sourdough bread, but you can request for gluten free bread at an additional AUD$1.50.
When asked which was his favourite sandwich, Justin paused before saying it was the New Yorker (AUD$12.50).
The New Yorker has pastrami, saukeraut, pickles, reuben sauce, American and cheddar cheese. The saukeraut and pickles help cut through the fatty heaviness of the cheese. You won’t feel heavy from your last bite.
I also say grab some tater tots as well if you have the room.
And yes, I know they’re called potato gems in Australia.
In lieu of chips, Melt Brothers offers tater tots (AUD$4). These are dusted in a housemade seasoning, or go for the loaded version. Those come with cheese sauce, crispy bacon bits and spring onions (AUD$6.50)
Apparently In Da Club (AUD$11.50 – roast chicken, maple bacon, tomato, rocket, chipotle mayo and mozzarella) is popular as well. However I reckon the most #foodporn worthy sandwiches are the M.C. Cheesey (AUD$11.50 – macaroni and cheese, maple bacon, chipotle mayo and cheddar cheese)and whatever they’ve got special. February’s special was the UH OH SPAGHETTIO (saucy beef spaghetti bolognese, spicy salami, mozzarella and Parmesan). March was the CROQUE MA- DAYUM (sharp cheddar cheese, Provolone, ham, two fried eggs, creamy bechamel sauce and dijon mustard). Do you know what this month’s special is?