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Photograph: Courtesy BaseHall Bar

Best grilled cheese sandwiches in Hong Kong

The ultimate cheesy comfort food

By Sam Evans
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The grilled cheese sandwich is undoubtedly one of the best foodie inventions of all time. While anything but sophisticated, this humble creation – that sees one or more varieties of cheese sandwiched between slices of bread and grilled until the cheese is melty – has found a place in the hearts of many as the ultimate comfort food.

Many of us have at one time or another made one of these at home, and while the process is fun, and invariably leaves our kitchens smelling delicious, it’s satisfying to know that there are more than a few restaurants around town that are doing their own rendition of this kitchen classic for our enjoyment. From subtle variations to completely out-there manifestations of this much-loved snack, here are the places in Hong Kong that are doing the best grilled cheese sandwiches.  

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Best grilled cheese sandwiches in Hong Kong

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Rainbow cheese
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Kala Toast

Restaurants The Peak

This restaurant that sits pretty on the Peak boasts a mind-blowing selection of variations on the comforting classic, from humble standard grilled cheese ($49), to purple sweet potato and cheese ($57), to choco banana ($55), to a grilled cheese with durian ($62)! The best seller is their infinitely Instagrammable Rainbow Cheese Toast ($69) – yes, it is exactly what it sounds like – which makes for quality 'gramming as you stretch out the stringy cheese while snapping the iconic view in the background.

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grilled cheese
Photograph: Courtesy No Milkshake No Life

No Milkshake No Life

Restaurants Sham Shui Po

Claiming to 'make probably the best milkshake in town', this hipster hangout in Shek Kip Mei is also pretty passionate when it comes to the grilled cheese sandwiches they dish out on the daily. There's a wide selection on offer here, from the classic grilled cheese ($52), which keeps things simple, to more adventurous takes on this crowd pleaser, like the cheesesteak grilled cheese ($75), the Crazy Cheers Cheese ($78) with homemade pesto and beetroot bread, and the mushroom ($78). Pull up a red steel chair and enjoy one of these filling creations with a milkshake – if you think you can fit it all in.

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Grilled cheese
Photograph: Courtesy Morty's Delicatessen

Morty’s Delicatessen

Restaurants Delis Central

This popular New York-style deli on the lower ground floor of Jardine House goes to great lengths to ensure the food they serve is top notch, and that certainly extends to their Ultimate Grilled Cheese ($90). For this creation, they combine mixed sharp yellow cheddar and mild orange cheddar on house-baked white bread for a simple, homely take on the classic. You can taste the quality of the bread and the cheese in every bite, and it's so delicious that we promise you'll be tempted to order a second. If you want to change this mouth-watering snack into a feast, you can opt to add a variety of meats to the equation including chicken, duck, turkey, or even tuna (add around $30 each).

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grilled cheese
Photograph: Courtesy BaseHall Bar

BaseHall Bar

Restaurants Food court Central

BaseHall is one of the most exciting new additions to Hong Kong's foodie scene. This stylish food hall in the basement of Jardine House houses a total of 10 food and drink vendors, from Treehouse to Honbo, Pub 1842 Young Master, and more.

Despite all the exciting Hong Kong talent featured within these walls, however, one of the foodie highlights in this place has to be the humble grilled cheese sandwich from BaseHall Bar. This offering certainly doesn't reinvent the wheel with its simple recipe of a cheese, chives, and onions, but it definitely hits the spot with a great balance of crunchy bread with molten cheese. The servings here are pretty generous here too, so that means that these sandos are pretty darn filling.

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grilled cheese
Photograph: Hoi Man Yau

Elephant Grounds (Mid-Levels)

Restaurants Coffeeshops Central

We certainly have a soft spot for Elephant Grounds, and apart from damn good coffee, they also serve up a range of exciting eats that we love to indulge in, from burgers to more health-conscious granola and yoghurt bowls. At their Mid-Level's branch, grilled cheese lovers are catered to well, with their rendition coming with soft bread and cheese that is satisfyingly salty but not quite as gooey as with some of its counterparts around town. Sit back in the country kitchen-style surroundings here and take bite after bite accompanied by a nice cup of joe.

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