First published on 3 Aug 2010. Updated on 1 Aug 2011.
Le Grand Café
One of the very few French-style cafés in Sydney, Le Grand Café does a magnificent croque monsieur (French style cheese 'n' ham toastie) for $8. You can order it to go if you like. Sydney 2000. (02 9264 7164).
Thin, slightly scorched flat bread is made from dough that's rolled out super-thin, spread out on a hotplate and holds anything from nduja (a type of soft spicy sausage, a bit like paté; say it like en-doya) to mozzarella, salami, prosciutto or Nutella (from $8). Bondi 2026. (02 9300 0160).
You'd expect toasties with the most from a cafe named for the Earl of Sandwich and Montagu delivers in style. Our pick is the Tasmanian free-range ham, gruyere cheese and buttered leek or Brasserie Bread schiacciata loaf for $12. Crows Nest 2065. (02 9438 4478).
Time to Vino
A different toastie for every day of the week? We're in. Expect the likes of smoked ham, Jindi triple-cream brie and onion marmalade. Extra points for the TTV team who they serve 'em well after dinnertime (Time to Vino shuts at midnight). We love the winter-warming duck rillette with Swiss brown mushrooms and caramelised onions. Yum. Darlinghurst 2010. (02 9380 4252).
As well as pizza, this newish woodfire pizza joint upstairs in the QVB offers the only woodfired sandwiches (gragnano) we've ever seen in the city. Try the likes of buffalo mozzarella with prosciutto and rocket, all toasty, smoky and melty. Sydney 2000. (02 9267 9959).