In 2014, back when grilled cheese sandwiches were all the rage, we listed down the popular places in Metro Manila where you could help yourself to the dish.
Four years later, we’re here doing it again because they’re still delicious and judging from looloo reviews, foodies still aren’t over them!
Plenty more restaurants and cafes around the metro have come up with their own version and they’re not to be missed if you’re a sucker for the simple but irresistible combo of gooey cheese and toasted bread!
1. Bean & Yolk
It was a sad day for the foodies of Makati when Bean & Yolk packed up their things and moved to Alabang. But because their sandwiches are so darn good, people are willing to bear the long drive to the south just to be able to order their favorites again.
Cara’s Fave, Bean & Yolk’s version of a grilled cheese sandwich, is also everyone else’s fave. In between the slices of buttered brioche, you’ll find mozzarella, cheddar cheese, and hot honey. But what really sets it apart is its fried egg with a runny yolk!
Ruth S. confirmed in her looloo review just how loveable this dish is, saying: “It’s not so hard to also make Cara’s Fave your favorite because it’s really good and comforting. YES YES PLEASE!!!”
Bean & Yolk can be found on the 2/F of Westgate Center, Alabang-Zapote Rd. cor. Filinvest Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila.
2. Common Folk
Common Folk has all the makings of a perfect cafe. It’s quiet in here plus and their wifi’s reliable, making it an ideal place to get work done. Their playlists are also on point so putting headphones on isn’t a necessity. To boot, their food and drinks are A+!
If you’re looking for a filling meal to get you through the workday, order up the Say Cheese! Even if sandwiches don’t usually satisfy you, trust us when we say that this one will. In between the hefty panini triangles is a generous smothering of three kinds of melted cheese, plus you get chips and rich tomato soup on the side too!
After praising the ambiance and the music, Anna D. went on to rave about this dish in her looloo review, calling it ‘divine’!
Common Folk can be found at 79 Katipunan Ave., White Plains, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
3. Melt Grilled Cheesery
This one obviously has to be included in the list because as you can already tell by the name, Melt Grilled Cheesery is serious about their grilled cheese sandwiches. There are several variations to choose from, all of them extra big and cheesy!
There’s the Classic Melt if you’re not one to stray from the familiar. But if you want to take your grilled cheese experience to the next level, go for either the Bacon Mac & Grilled Cheesy, the Chili Con Queso, or the Beef Pot Roast Toast.
They even have Blueberry Cheesecake Cheese Toast on the menu for those with a sweet tooth! It has a blend of melted cheeses and blueberry preserve in the middle and is finished off with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Melt Grilled Cheesery can be found at these locations.
For those of you wondering where the cool kids hang out these days, they’re all at Poblacion. Where exactly, you ask? Well, Polilya is one of the more popular hangouts in the area! Grab a drink in this bar and you’ll instantly feel all young and hip again.
Though if you’re feeling too much like a tita and would rather skip the alcohol, go for their bar chow instead. You won’t regret ordering up their Grilled Cheese Sandwich! looloo reviewers are all about it so you can be sure it’s delicious.
Angela Marie C. called it “the absolute bomb” in her looloo review, saying: “The bread they used was not the usual Pan Amerikano, but it had some sort of a puff pastry texture. The cheese was just oozing and they did not scrimp on the butter.”
Polilya can be found at 5658 Jacobo St., Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila.
5. The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery
It may be one of the newer additions to UP Town Center’s lineup of restaurants but you’ll seldom find The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery with any empty seats. It got popular real quick among Katipunan’s student population for its hipster-y good looks as well as its extensive menu!
They have a little bit of everything here, from Kimchi Fried Rice to Wagyu Pares. But on days when you want something more simple (but still looloo review-worthy), there’s the Grilled Cheese with Tomato Cream Soup. Their version is definitely more gourmet than the sloppy ones we make at home!
They take brioche buns, butter them up, and add a layer of four melted cheeses in between them. As for the tomato soup, it’s made with Italian tomatoes, pesto, and fried basil!
The Fat Seed can be found on the G/F of Phase 2, UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
6. The Nook Cafe
The first-ever Harry Potter-inspired cafe to open up in the Philippines, The Nook Cafe is where the Potterheads of the metro come to celebrate everything related to the fandom. Here, you’ll find wands, brooms, chocolate frogs, and Butter Beer!
But if even if you’re not into the world of witchcraft, you can still pull up a chair here to eat. Unlike the complicated life of Harry, their menu is pretty simple, one of the bestsellers from which is the Grilled Cheese Sandwich!
In her looloo review, Nievs G. called it a winner, saying: “It is one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches that I have tried. It was cheese all around–inside with the melted cheese and outside with the Parmesan.”
The Nook Cafe can be found at 164-A Maginhawa St., Maginhawa, Quezon City, Metro Manila.