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Toastie Meltdown in London

A couple days back I finally had the chance to go to one of Young & Foodish events. This time the Toastie Meltdown, four competitors one prize The Iron Toastie Award, but the real winners were all the people that enjoyed a great event with nice beers from Camden Town Brewery, and excellent toasties from the competitors. 

Toastie Meltdown
The Participants
My first toastie of the night was Pump Street Bakery. The Tuffled Cheese Toastie, a day old sourdough with Fontina cheese, truffles, mushrooms, and hazelnuts. The winner of the night, great flavours, the cheese perfectly melted, a crunchy texture thanks to the hazelnuts, and their star the sourdough loaf. 

Pump Street Bakery Sourdough
The Winner Truffled Cheese Sandwich under bad light
Second one I had the unusual suspect and established Borough Market vendor Kappacasein. Bill Oglethorpe didn’t do any tweaks to his winning formula the Toasted Cheese Sandwich. Pollaine bread, 18 months aged Montgomery cheddar, onions, leaks, and garlic. Excellent flavour, the traditional recipe, my only complain the portion was extremely small, come on Bill you could have been a bit more generous. 

Borough Market's Kappacasein
The lovely but not so generous Toasted Cheese
Third toastie of the night was the Mishkin’s Reuben Melt. A seeded cream bun to create a nine layered toastie. It was the generous portion of the night, as the Mishkin’s team gave a whole sandwich to each punter, but still not NYC Katz's style where you get a tower of pastrami. Great flavour, definitely one of my favourites, the only downside I can think of was that the cheese wasn’t completely melted, they should kept it a couple more minutes. Sorry guys I would have voted for you if not for the cheese breakdown. 

Mishkin's not Kosher pins
The Reuben production
Reuben Melt
Final toastie of the night Fred Smith’s Patty Melt. Yes the London lord of the burgers created a toastie burger. Smashed beef patty, with melted Parmesan, and onions, al these in a caraway seeded loaf. My favourite of the night and as consequence my final vote. Great flavours, patty was perfectly cooked, juicy, the parmesan with the onions was amazing, and on top you had a chipotle sauce to dip your and double dip your toastie in it. 

Fred in Action
Patty Melt

For dessert Illy’s barista Marco Arrigo gave us a bicerin. Hot chocolate, espresso, and cream. It was beautiful, nice coffee, great chocolate, and the touch of the chestnut cream was spot on. 

Coffee Time
Faema Machine
Just a final note regarding the venue, The Camden Town Brewery has a nice and cozy bar basically below the overground rails. Good selection of beers I had a Hell’s Lager and then went for the Flight. Five caña size beers to choose. I went for a quite nice American style Pale Ale, a too light for me Hoppy nitro Stout called Ink, a fruity 7 Hop Lager, a nice Belgian Wit with roasted lemon and bergamot called Gentlerman’s Wit, and finally a light Kellerbier Pilsner called Unfiltered Hells. 

Beer Time
Need a Keg?
Great night, great toasties, great beers. 

The dipping with the Patty Melt reminds me the Seinfeld episode “The Implant” 

Timmy: What are you doing?
George: What?
Timmy: Did you just double-dip that chip?
George: Excuse me?
Timmy: You double-dipped the chip!
George: Double-dipped? What are you talking about?
Timmy: You dipped the chip. You took a bite. And you dipped again
George: So?
Timmy: That's like putting your whole mouth right in the dip! From now on, when you take a chip, just take one dip and end it!
George: Well, I'm sorry, Timmy but I don't dip that way
Timmy: Oh, you don't, huh?
George: No. You dip the way you want to dip. I'll dip the way I want to dip
Timmy: Give me the chip! Give me the chip!

Camden Town Brewery
T: 020 7485 1671
Bar & Brewery
Area: Camden Town
Borough: Camden
Twitter: CamdenBrewery


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