At this temple of bread the sourdough is the star of the show and for good reason – Wild Life’s bakes some of Melbourne’s best. It’s properly tangy with a crunchy caramel crust and chewy crumb, and it shines in toasted sandwiches that arrive as thick as a forehead and big as a face, yet achieve the all-important mission of fully melting the abundance of Comté inside. The sweet and nutty cheese surrounds sticky, worcestershire-rich onion, creating a comforter that is simple and unfussy, accompanied only by a single, long pickle. Equal parts hot, melty, savoury, sweet and deafeningly crunchy, it’s a sandwich you hope will never end.
Melbourne loves us a toastie: you’ll find superlative renditions from day break at bright and buzzy bakeries, and just as many plated up until 2am over drinks in cosy underground bars. Whether your hankering looks like white bread tuckshop jaffles or highbrow ingredients layered over the finest artisan sourdough, you’ll find hot pockets of joy in the five-star sarnies we’ve gathered below.
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