Who would have thought that one of the best cup of coffees that I'd find on my #CoffeeOfPerth search would have been served in some back alley of Perth City, in an attention seeking takeaway cup and along side grilled cheese sandwiches? Either way, I'm glad that I'm finally here - despite how long it took me to finally give in to the grilled cheese.
I've seen this artsy sandwich on Instagram too many times for words; but I love it! It is gnarly and very unique! You definitely get the feeling like you're being enticed forward to enjoy more cheesy goodness and there is nothing wrong with that!
We ended up staying here for a whole afternoon! For a Saturday, the setting was relatively quiet, relaxing and inviting - we literally propped our feet up and enjoyed everything about what Toastface Grillah had to offer.
As a long time, solid fan of outdoor adventurer Bear Grylls, I felt like I owed it to him to try his long lost sandwich, Pear Grillz. This was definitely one of the most talked about sandwiches from Toastface and I was excited to see blue cheese and pear (a combination that I'm a huge fan of) celebrated simply on a menu.
Despite not normally being a fan of fruit bread, I was hoping that the savoury notes of the blue cheese would balance the flavours out.
The sandwiches came out in takeaway boxes and it was awfully exciting to open it up and pull apart such a cheesy morsel. The pears were thinly sliced and fall apart tender. It was a perfect combination of caramelised fruity flavours that were so well complimented with the robust blue cheese.
The surface was grilled to perfection and each bite gave way to more sweet, savoury and cheesy goodness. This definitely lived up to the hype and a sandwich that I would continue to come back for again and again. This is definitely something that one could throw together at home, but in some ways I am definitely alright with paying a little extra to enjoy the hidden getaway.
Another sandwich that jumped off the chalk board and spoke to us, was the Chilli Cheese. The cheese was molten and perfectly stringy and the bar marked exterior was invintingly dusted with dried chilli flakes. We were really looking forward to a cheesy, spicy burst of flavour.
Unfortunately, it did look better than it tasted and definitely didn't measure up to the great impression that Pear Grillz left. A great chilli cheese combination should boom with with flavour and leave a slight numbing on the palette. But there really wasn't any of that - to be honest, it tasted quite like a regular cheese sandwich.
As I mentioned previously, the coffee was excellent. Toastface Grillah proudly support local roasters; Northbridge Coffee Roasters. It was well made and the flavours were amazing - rich, sweet and complex, just the way that I like it! Despite the small blunder with the Chilli Cheese sandwich, we were so impressed by Pear Grillz and the coffee that we unanamously decided to spend the rest of the drizzle stained afternoon, safely under cover of the adorable undercover area. Which means, another round was in order!
The apple and gouda was the next thing that caught our eye on the menu and it had arrived nicely presented on a wooden board; crisp and grill marked just like it's predecessors. The disappointing part was that unlike the Pear Grillz, the apple did not take on the caramelised form that the pear had and was actually quite raw. Unfortunately, it seemed that only the gouda had gotten some grilling action, as the ham had stayed quite lukewarm too. It wasn't so well executed and it let down what could have been a winning flavour combination.
Picture this; two old friends, leant up against the wall and feet propped up on the white wooden bench, talking shop and sipping coffee - it was such a great way to spend the afternoon. What made this even more perfect was the nostalgic act of pulling apart warm sandwiches and watching the stringy cheese dance - it made me recall vividly the good old Breville toastie sandwiches that were present at every kindy afternoon tea and reminded me of one of my favourite episodes of Heston's Feast. Despite some consistency issues, because of the four brilliant cups of coffee and how the Pear Grillz championed our entire afternoon, I'll definitely be back to slowly make my way through their eclectic toasted cheese menu.
Now that August is over, 30 days of #CoffeeOfPerth has now come to an end. But either way, continue to use the hashtag and share your coffee discoveries! There are still a lot of cafes that I didn't get a chance to finish and I would love to discover more!
I'd also like to share with my readers a project that I've been working on, on the sly for the past four weeks too. Please follow @perthfood on Instagram and hashtag #perthfood to contribute. I really love the idea of sharing more food places and as well as acknowledging great food photography. I'm humbled by the response that @perthfood has received so far and I know that it's definitely inspired me to visit a few new places! So be sure to check out @perthfood on Instagram!