[Shanghai] Co. Cheese Melt Bar
Co Cheese Melt Bar | Dianping
Address: 愚园东路32号(近常德路) – 32 Yuyuan Dong Lu near Changde Lu (静安区 Jing’an District)
Date visited: 2015.01
Price: Sandwiches RMB¥45-50
Will return: Definitely
What to get:
– Kraft Mac & Cheese grilled cheese
– Hunanese pork grilled cheese
– Hong shao rou grilled cheese
– Thai red curry meatball grilled cheese
– Bloody Caesar cocktail
– Pickle back
Co. Cheese Melt Bar’s menu is a library of grilled cheeses served on perfectly toasted sourdough — some with typical western style ingredients and a few are what my friend describes as “Chinese food in a sandwich.” A small selection of drinks (Bloody Caesar, pickle back, beer), Campbell’s canned soup (tomato and chicken noodle), and sweets (nutella & banana, peanut butter & strawberry jam) also make appearances on the menu. Comfort and cozy food to warm up the belly.
This is a fairly tiny space with bar and high table seating so if you are there at peak meal hours, expect a wait for a seat (no reservations) as well as a wait for your food.
Bloody Caesar. While there is Campbell’s tomato soup, this is my version of tomato soup to complement my grilled cheeses.
Kraft Mac & Cheese, cheddar, gouda (RMB¥45 + extra RMB¥10 for avocado)
My favorite sandwich on the menu using those blue boxes of Kraft Mac & Cheese. Carb on carb literally. I recommend adding avocado and eating the sandwich with hot sauce.
A array of hot sauces (some are very hot) to eat with your sandwiches. I like “Da Bomb” one, which is still a tolerable amount of spiciness for me. “After Death” is… exactly as the name suggest.
Hunanese pork and hot peppers, mozzarella (RMB¥45)
My second favorite sandwich on the menu. Spicy and yummy.
Hong shao rou, gouda (RMB¥45)
Tastes like char siu bao sandwiched inside sourdough instead of a bun.
Double Glouchester cheese, mashed potato, cranberry sauce, turkey, stuffing (RMB¥55)
Basically a Thanksgiving aftermath sandwich for those who like to eat this combination on days other than the day after Thanksgiving. Heavy on the mash potatoes so it feels like a mash potato sandwich. Not my favorite although not bad.
We also got a chance to try the Thai red curry meatball, gouda (RMB¥50), which places high on the grilled cheese scale.
Pickle backs as dessert. Whiskey washed down with pickle juice (mixed with a toothpick amount of hot sauce) to counterbalance the food coma.