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Popularised in the United States during the Great Depression, grilled cheese sandwiches are a simple snack, yet it tastes just heavenly. It might not be a staple dish found in many restaurants around Hong Kong, but you just have to know where to look. Here, we’ve done the searching for you and come up with a list of scrumptious grilled cheese sandwiches in Hong Kong. So, what are you waiting for? Go cheddar them out!
Renowned for its signature Crazy! Cheers! Cheese! ($78) which is fiery red in colour, No Milkshake No Life—with one branch in Sai Ying Pun and the other in Shek Kip Mei—offers one of the most extensive menus of grilled cheese sandwiches in Hong Kong.
Ranging from savoury options like Crazy! Spicy Sichuan Chicken! Cheese! ($92) to grilled cheeses with a slightly sweet taste like Cranberry Grilled Cheese ($70), all their sandwiches are guaranteed to be super cheesy, gooey, and immensely filling. Don’t forget to try their famous milkshakes, which seamlessly complements grilled cheeses—the ultimate indulgent treat.
While Morty’s Delicatessen prides itself in a variety of meat sandwiches, especially the classic American Reuben, The Ultimate Grilled Cheese ($90) is equally scrumptious. Melted mixed cheddar cheese oozes out of two thick slices of bread of your choice, be it white bread, rye, or ciabatta. For those looking for something more flavourful, feel free to have extra add-ons like avocado or even meats like duck or turkey.
Strategically located on The Peak, Kala Toast is prestigious for its Insta-worthy Rainbow Toast ($69), which should bring back memories from a few years ago when rainbow grilled cheese sandwiches were all the rage. Extremely gooey, the toast can be stretched for up to metres, thanks to a combination of four kinds of cheese in total.
For those who tend to shy away from artificial colours, don’t be cheesed off: The rainbow effect in question comes from natural ingredients including tomatoes, basil, and lavender. Other than Rainbow Toast, there is a handful of other intriguing options, including Coffee Cheese Toast ($55) and even Durian Cheese Toast ($62). Happy exploring!
Kala Toast, Shop G11, G/F, The Peak Tower, 128 Peak Road, The Peak
Although American fast-food chain Five Guys is well-known for its hamburgers and milkshake, its Grilled Cheese ($45) is most certainly worth a try. Coming in at quite a low price (compared to most other restaurants), the sandwich consists of a huge amount of oozing yellowish cheese enveloped by two slices of thick white bread. Don’t forget to snack yourself silly on a free-of-charge peanut extravaganza as well!
As its name suggests, longstanding breakfast and late-night stalwart The Flying Pan is famous for its grilled delicacies, and grilled cheese sandwiches are no exception. Made with a total of five kinds of cheese, the Classic Grilled Cheese ($41) is a true gem and extremely ooey and gooey!
There is also an array of other grilled cheese options for you to choose from. Give your grilled cheese sandwiches a breakfast twist with the bacon-and-eggs-stacked Breakfast Grilled Cheese ($50) or increase the indulgence with a French Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($60), complete with sauteéd mushrooms, slow-cooked onions, and brie. Time to feta-fetch them out!
The Flying Pan, 1/F, David House, 37–39 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2528 9997
With quite a few branches in Hong Kong, Elephant Grounds offers grilled cheese sandwiches only on weekends from 10 am to 5 pm. Made with cheddar cheese and mozzarella, Grilled Cheese ($100) is simple yet extremely scrumptious. Also noteworthy is the accompanying tomato soup and side mesclun salad, which complement nicely with the savoury sandwich.