From Justin and Felix Kong (Justin is one half of the team that brought you the Instagram-worthy Miss Kay’s) comes Melt Brothers, a hole in the wall dedicated to the humble grilled-cheese toastie.
“Everyone has a jaffle option on the side, but no one does it solely. We wanted to do it better, and jack it up,” Justin says. “We’re pretty happy to be the first to introduce it to Brisbane.”
Justin says the response has been “crazy”; the shop pushed out more than 200 sandwiches on its third day of trade.
By day the small space – with its crisp subway tiles and distinctive yellow colour scheme – is frequented by office workers. There’s limited seating indoors and outside in Gresham Lane; this place is more about grab-and-go.
It’s open early and serves first-class coffee from local roaster Fonzie Abbott. Breakfast options such as the Morning Glory (maple bacon, two fried eggs, cheddar cheese and Sriracha mayo) are proving popular with the before-work crowd. At lunchtime the menu expands to include BFC (buttermilk fried chicken, slaw, buffalo sauce and aged cheddar) and the cheesiest offering, The Mouse Trap (Havarti, American and aged cheddar, Dijon mustard).
By night, Melt Brothers swaps coffee for a small selection of beers and wine, and a moreish dessert option – toasted sweet buns filled with vanilla ice-cream, Nutella and hundreds and thousands.
“Everyone knows Gresham Lane,” Justin says. “Brisbane needs more of this stuff – it just adds to the cool factor and brings some more culture. [With us] you can get a grilled-cheese sandwich and a drink at night.”
Shop 1, 88 Creek Street (Gresham Lane), Brisbane
(07) 3229 8116
Mon to Tue 7am–3pm
Wed to Fri 7am–9pm