Hot in the City: Melted Toasted Sandwich Emporium

Sophia Brady 5 May 2021 19
Mie Goreng noodles toastie

The Mie Goreng noodles toastie with fried eggs is a staple at Melted Toasted Sandwich Emporium. Photos: Supplied.

The old lunchtime favourite, the humble toasted sandwich, is receiving the gourmet treatment at Melted Toasted Sandwich Emporium.

Owned by two hospitality mavens with over 20 years of fine dining experience between them, they have been elevating the status quo in Fyshwick with freshly made bespoke creations using top-notch locally sourced ingredients.

Located on Pirie Street, the small shopfront is unassuming from the inside with a standard sandwich shop layout but look up at the chalkboard menu, which is ever-changing with the creative whims of the chefs, and you know you are in for a treat.

The toasted sandwich options read like a restaurant menu, each with layered flavours and interesting combinations. From Asian spiced duck to the lasagna toastie, and mie goreng noodles toastie with fried eggs, it is hard to choose what to eat.

The business is the brainchild of sandwich lovers chef Alex O’Brien and hospitality ace Alex Royds. Between them, they have worked in the region’s most celebrated dining institutions, including Dojo Bread bakery, Aubergine and The Boat House.

Melted Toasted Sandwich Emporium local ingredients

All Melted Toasted Sandwich Emporium melts are laden with quality local ingredients.

“The inspiration for the business started many years ago in fine dining kitchens around Canberra. We’d all go home and make toasties on our split shifts or for dinner. We started throwing ideas back and forth with crazy things to put in them. The weirder, the better!” O’Brien explains.

“A toasted sandwich business was always in the back of our minds, so a couple of years ago, when Alex (Royds) and I began seriously thinking about doing something on our own, this was one of the ideas.”

The menu is driven by tasty, outrageous combinations sandwiched between bread and quality local ingredients and relationships formed with nearby suppliers.

“We try to use as many quality local suppliers as possible. Our bread is baked fresh every day at the Vietnamese bakery on Isa Street, and all of our cured meats come from Balzanelli Smallgoods on the same street. Our coffee is Redbrick, located a stone’s throw away. Sourdough is from Three Mills Bakery. Vegetables from Regional Fruit and Veg and pastries from Under Bakery,” O’Brien says.

“If we can get it from a Canberra small business, we will. It’s super important to us to support local as our menu revolves around the best we can get from these guys.”

Open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays, the shop has gained a steady following since opening in January last year from passing tradespeople, shoppers in the area and those who work nearby. They’re lured by the bright yellow umbrellas and tables outside, but become regulars thanks to the casual, friendly service, and the thick fluffy bread laden with delicious fillings, toasted on the grill to perfection.

For hungry first-timers, Alex steers them towards the big juicy meaty sandwiches that are the Melted Toasted Sandwich Emporium’s trademark.

“My recommendations depend on the time of day and the individual’s hunger levels, but our favourites to recommend are the Reuben toastie or the 24-hour BBQ beef brisket. We also do the basics if you’re feeling less adventurous, but the sky’s the limit, and we’re always adding and removing toasties so we can’t always fit them on the menu board. Really, you never know what your new favourite toastie could be next.”

Melted Toasted Sandwich Emporium

From the simple to the adventurous, they have all options covered at Melted Toasted Sandwich Emporium.

Melted Toasted Sandwich Emporium is located at 2/3 Pirie St in Fyshwick. It’s open Monday to Friday from 6:30 am to 2:30 pm.

What's Your Opinion?

Please login to post your comments, or connect with
19 Responses to Hot in the City: Melted Toasted Sandwich Emporium
Peter Derbin Peter Derbin 8:36 am 26 Apr 21

Eye did not no u get get cheese melt in a Bag !

Carleen Jones Carleen Jones 6:22 pm 22 Apr 21

Any gluten free options?

Natasha Wilson Natasha Wilson 5:55 pm 22 Apr 21

Jenny I feel like we need to give it a second chance? 😂

Chelsea Lawson Chelsea Lawson 4:02 pm 22 Apr 21

Harrison Wese another food venture for us

Scott Stevenson Scott Stevenson 11:56 am 22 Apr 21

Best Bacon and Egg Sandwich *EVER*!

And the rest of their menu is not too bad, either..!! :)

FB FB 9:32 am 22 Apr 21

Canberra is certainly an odd place. Where else could you start a business getting people to pay $10 for a toasted sandwich. It’s a freeking toasted sandwich guys, make it at home yourself, it’s not hard.

Iv Ryan Iv Ryan 8:27 am 22 Apr 21

Toasted sandwich and a coffee 😋 Bojana Simic

Christopher Rompotis Christopher Rompotis 7:18 am 22 Apr 21

Hannah next brunch catch up? 🤔

Grace Arndt Grace Arndt 10:29 pm 21 Apr 21

Alex Joyce would you look at that

Matilda Jones Matilda Jones 10:03 pm 21 Apr 21

Umm Emma Clarke, is this yours and khis new business venture? 😜

    Emma Clarke Emma Clarke 10:20 pm 21 Apr 21

    Matilda Jones we’ll give them a run for their money 😂 but also he will now demand me go.

    Nicolas Normandeau Nicolas Normandeau 11:10 pm 21 Apr 21

    Matilda Jones

    I need this in my life. This sounds so good!

John Hamilton John Hamilton 9:54 pm 21 Apr 21

Chelsea we need to go to Fyshwick

pinklink pinklink 9:53 pm 21 Apr 21

These guys have reinvented the toastie. Delicious every time. Yum.

Lewis P Owlay Lewis P Owlay 9:43 pm 21 Apr 21

Nicholas Adam Ill-k I’m assuming you’re all over this? Mi goreng one looks like the truth

Peter Chamberlain Peter Chamberlain 9:24 pm 21 Apr 21

Best toasted sandwiches in town!!!

Shane Westmore Shane Westmore 8:13 pm 21 Apr 21

funnily enough, a craft beer pub in Collingwood (Melbs) i was at last weekend was doing choose your own fillings: ham, cheddar, mushroom, pepperoni, bacon etc... if these guys deliver to Capital Brewery that's a winning combo

Jenelle Reynolds Jenelle Reynolds 8:07 pm 21 Apr 21

Ham, cheese & pineapple Alex 🤣

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Region Group Pty Ltd

Search across the site