Considering the recent heatwave in the city, it would really take something quite special to tear me away from my air conditioned
jail cell cubicle, to forage out in the heat of midday to buy lunch. Indeed I had commenced plans to get my food delivered for lunch, but my scheme was thwarted last minute by reading an article online about Melt Brothers which had opened in the nearby Gresham lane which prides itself on its signature melted cheese sandwiches. Discussing this with my fellow inmate neighbour, it took little convincing on either of our parts and we headed off into the arid streets of the city in search for grilled cheese.
It turns out that Melt Brothers took the spot that used to house Ichiban Yakitori. I have to admit I didn't really notice they closed, as I stopped going there when they stopped selling Yakitori.
Like most of the stores in Gresham Lane, the store consists mainly of a counter and a little waiting area, as most patrons purchase their food and take it back to their
prison workplace. Outside seating is limited, so limited that it feels like you can only get one if you engage in a fight to the death with other patrons.
The menu was above the counter, reminding me a little of fast food joints. It consisted of a large range of grilled cheese sandwiches, some sides and drinks. We ordered at the counter, and were given a buzzer.
Whilst there were only around two people in front of us, our sandwich took just over 15 minutes to come out, a delay which they had explained was to be expected, as this was their soft opening and they were still working out some kinks in the system.
My companion and I were unable to settle on what to order, so in the end we got one each and shared to maximise tasting opportunity.
The first thing we got was the M C Cheesy, containing mac and cheese, cheddar and the ever famous maple bacon. Despite its popularity, we found it somewhat underwhelming as the fillings (other than the bacon) were somewhat bland. This was surprising, given the usual sharp taste of the cheddar, but I guess there was probably too much macaroni in the mac and cheese to give the sandwich much flavour. The bacon was definitely the highlight of the sandwich, but even that was a little too thin and sparse in the sandwich to give it the extra kick it needed.
On the other hand, we were really impressed with the BFC. Bursting to the edges with buttermilk fried chicken, slaw, buffalo sauce and aged cheddar, it was an explosion of flavour. The chicken was super crispy and well marinated in buttermilk batter, the coleslaw made it fresh and delightful, whilst the cheddar kept it grounded as if to remind us that it was indeed a grilled cheese. We loved it.
Price Range: $10 - $15pp
Taste: 7/10 (5 for the Mac 9 for the BFC)
Value: 5/10 (a little exorbitant for what was essentially a sandwich)