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I think one of humankind’s greatest inventions is the grilled cheese sandwich. No matter the occasion, grilled cheese always lives up to the expectation. It’s super simple to make at home, but for times where you feel like having a quick yet indulgent pick-me-up during your lunch hour, or even a grilled cheese dinner, I’ve got your back.

No Milkshake No Life

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With a shop name fitting enough to be a life motto, No Milkshake No Life is well known for being a comfort-food eatery. Their signature grilled cheese collection features a variety of grilled cheese sarnies such as mushroom, pepperoni and cranberry. And while you’re stuffing your face with a delicious, ooey, gooey Crazy! Cheers! Cheese ($68), don’t forget to grab their famous taro or peanut butter milkshake to wash it all down. It’s a god-sent pair.

31–37 Hill Road, Shek Tong Tsui, 6471 3339

Elephant Grounds

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Are you tired of the usual avo toast for brunch? EG’s weekend brunch menu includes a decadent grilled cheese ($100) made with homemade bread, mozzarella and Cheddar cheese. You can also dip your grilled cheese into a side of tomato soup! Pair this with their excellent variety of coffee and you’ve got yourself the perfect start to the weekend.

Various locations around town

Feather & Bone

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Introducing the Alpine toastie ($140) from Feather & Bone’s new all-day brekkie menu, this sarnie consists of Swiss cheese with leek and spring onion to give it an extra flavour punch. Yum!

Happy Valley: Shop A and C, G/F, Winner Building, 11 Wong Nai Chung Road, 2836 3789

Sai Ying Pun: Shop 1, G/F, Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, 3705 0280

Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour

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Prescribed by the good Dr Fern, the sourdough grilled cheese ($128) is made with three different kinds of cheese: Ogleshield, Cheddar and Comté. Ask the doctor to fix you a mean G&T and this combo will surely cure any mental or physical ailment.

Shop B31A, B/F, LANDMARK ATRIUM, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2111 9449

Morty’s Delicatessen

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Morty’s doesn’t play around when it comes to its grilled cheese. Their Ultimate Grilled Cheese ($85) is made with thick slices of buttery bread and a mix of sharp and mild Cheddar cheese and is the perfect solution to your workaday blues. You can also add extra cheese or a protein (think pastrami and turkey).

Central: Shop 12–14, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, 3665 0900

Wanchai: 8–10 Wing Fung Street, 3665 0890

Shake Shack

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Ever since Shake Shack opened last month, the queue has yet to shorten, but I am already planning my second visit there. If you’ve gone through the whole SS menu (like I did), go ahead and try their secret off-menu grilled cheese sandwich ($34). Also, what better way to enjoy your grilled cheese but with a view of the harbour?

Shop 4018, 4/F, ifc mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, 2522 5611

KALA Toast

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This rainbow toast ($35) at KALA is so kala-ful! Indulging in grilled cheese is a source of happiness on its own, but when your toastie is this colourful and playful, it’s double the happiness! And if you’re slightly put off by the thought of food colouring injected into cheese, don’t be – a mash-up of four cheeses (mozzarella, Cheddar, Emmental and Gruyère) is infused with different natural flavours like basil (which makes the green), lavender (which makes the blue) and tomato (which makes the pink). If you’re not feeling the rainbow toast, there are other varieties such as durian, purple sweet potato and coffee-cheese as well.

Shop G11, G/F, Peak Tower, 128 Peak Road, The Peak, 3706 5432,

Day and Nite by MasterKama

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A level up on the classic grilled cheese, this lobster-cheese lava sandwich ($108) at Day and Nite has a serious cheese pull you can’t miss! Served with a side of fries and some salad, this beast of a feast will fill you right up.

1/F and 2/F, 50 Shan Tung Street, Mongkok, 3106 0900

Employees Only

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Looking for a late-night sandwich to sate the undeniable post-drinking hunger? Employees Only‘s signature grilled cheese ($188) is the most expensive option on this list by far, and oh, such a luxe item is worth the splurge. A trio of gouda, cheddar, and Emmentaler is toasted in-between slices of brioche, with truffled capers dotting the cheese. Did we mention they serve it until 3:30 in the morning?

19 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, 2468 2755

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