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Cheese on toast is probably my favourite comfort food.

Easier to make than pizza whilst still satisfying that melted cheese fix. I should love the grilled cheese sandwich in that case then, right? NB. There is a difference between a grilled cheese sandwich and a toastie, the latter I’m very familiar and fond of.

Grilled cheese sandwiches have remained an American food I’d like to try but never had the chance. Until I saw a tweet about London’s first gourmet grilled cheese sandwich cafe, The Melt Room, opening in Soho.

The Melt Room Soho London

 

Looking at the Melt Room menu, it promises much. Offering more than your average cheese on toast at home, you’ll find some fancier fillings like porcini mushroom, pommery mustard and provolone cheese. The fillings are varied with some interesting vegetarian options too. The Melt Room have classic combinations like BBQ chicken and slaw but also intriguing pairings like roast beetroot and hummus. The combination of nutella and mozzarella sounds delicious for £3.50 – why haven’t I thought of this combination before?

If you’ve read my London food reviews before, you know I have a soft spot for pulled pork. I went with the pulled pork with apple chutney for £7.

Having drooled over pictures I’d seen of the Melt Room sandwiches, I was slightly disappointed when it arrived and I looked under the hood. It wasn’t really pulled pork as much as large chunks. When I had pulled pork at Ed’s Easy Diner and Dixie Union, the pork had a stringy texture, you know ‘pulled’ from the pork.

I was also disappointed to find the grilled cheese sandwich wasn’t overflowing with gooey cheese. In my head, a grilled cheese sandwich would have cheese spilling over the sides, like a cheesy Niagara Falls.

It wasn’t all bad however. The apple chutney really comes through with sourness and compliments the pork. The Wapping bakery sourdough bread was light, airy, crunchy, thick and well buttered.

Overall I found it to be a bit pricey for £7 as I was still hungry.

It would be ideal if you could mix and match your filling and bread. For example, I love the taste of red Leicestershire, but love the gooeyness of melted mozzarella and I would have liked to have tried rye sourdough or milk bread.

They also offer breakfast served until 10.30. The full works melt has scrambled eggs, old spot patty, keens cheddar, smoked bacon, HP relish on sourdough while the Highland Bagel comes with London cured smoked salmon and Philly cream cheese on a toasted seeded spelt bagel. I think I’ll have to come back for breakfast.

The quality of ingredients is there, just the execution needs to be tweaked to justify the high price point. Brownie points for having a framed photo of cheese. And legendary actor Gene Wilder. I don’t get the connection either. Answers on a postcard please.

Framed phtoos Gene Wilder Cheese - Melt Room

Located on Noel Street in Soho, the closest tube station is Tottenham Court Road.

What’s your favourite grilled cheese sandwich filling? Do you prefer the grilled cheese or toastie? Tell me in the comments section below!

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