Neat places: Toasted sandwiches in Christchurch

Less is more at Gatherings where soup comes with a delicious accompaniment.
NAOMI HAUSSMANN

Less is more at Gatherings where soup comes with a delicious accompaniment.

When it comes to comfort food on a dreary winter's day, the humble toasted sandwich mustn't be overlooked. Combining two slices of bread with any combination of ingredients, the sky is the limit when it comes to creating the ultimate toasted sandwich. But there are a few places in Christchurch that are a cut above the rest for offering the perfect respite to the cold weather.

Gatherings
2 Papanui Rd

It's little surprise that Gatherings has nailed the toasted sandwich. Like all the food produced at the intimate restaurant, the toasted sandwich focuses on local flavours, using the best of what the city has to offer. The sauerkraut and cheese toastie comes served with the soup of the day; an ever-changing reflection of the seasonal offerings of the region. Using just three ingredients, Gatherings has created a perfectly balanced toasted sandwich, combining homemade sauerkraut with Canterbury Cheesemonger's cheese served on toasted sourdough bread from Bellbird Bakery. It might sound simple, but sometimes less is more, and that's part of the charm at Gatherings.

The kimchi and cheddar cheese combo at Kadett is not to be shied away from.
NAOMI HAUSSMANN

The kimchi and cheddar cheese combo at Kadett is not to be shied away from.

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Kadett Cafe 
371 St Asaph St

Pairing kimchi with cheese might seem a bit unusual for a toasted sandwich filling, but there's a reason Kadett's answer to the classic sandwich is on our list. The spicy toastie makes use of the big flavours of kimchi, a traditional Korean dish of fermented vegetables, balancing the bold taste with sharp, melted cheddar cheese. These sour and spicy flavours are unusual, yet balanced and surprisingly addictive. The toasted sandwich packs a punch on two slices of Grizzly Bagel's finest sourdough bread and, best of all, it can be made vegan using Lupo Atelier's artisan nut cheese, so no-one has to miss out.

Cooler weather calls for melted cheesy goodness.
NAOMI HAUSSMANN

Cooler weather calls for melted cheesy goodness.

Sundog Diner
2 Papanui Road

Nicknamed the 'Gangsters Paradise', Sundog's ultimate winter toasted sandwich is not to be underestimated. The American-style mac and cheese and sloppy joe combination is comfort food at its best, and it's certainly not for the faint hearted. Two of Sundog's most popular dishes, mac and cheese, made with four gourmet cheeses, and sloppy Jose beef mince, are sandwiched between two slices of their famous stove-top stuffing bread to make a toasted sandwich that is guaranteed to fill you up. The combination of ingredients may seem slightly unusual, but when brought together, and combined with a little diced jalapeno to even out the sweetness, the sandwich is sure to give a boost to any cold winter's day.

XCHC (Exchange Christchurch)
376 Wilsons Road

For a hot lunch that packs a punch, XCHC has melted together the perfect pairings.
NAOMI HAUSSMANN

For a hot lunch that packs a punch, XCHC has melted together the perfect pairings.

Using an abundance of flavours, the creative minds behind XCHC have created a toastie that might look simple, but certainly packs a punch. The cheese and leek toasted sandwich is made using Bellbird's seeded sourdough bread, homemade sauerkraut, tasty cheese, leek and turmeric pickled daikon, rounded off with their famous garlic aioli. Some of the flavours might seem unusual in a toasted sandwich, but they perfectly balance the creamy cheese, and bring a creative edge to a usually predictable dish. The toasted sandwich also makes good use of local producers, alongside Bellbird's bread, XCHC also uses Robinson's Bay olive oil, and Springfed Collective vegetables and garlic grown in nearby Tai Tapu.

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 - Stuff

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