The Cheesy Toast ShackSummerhall is a fantastic year-round arts venue that reaches peak frenzy during the Festival. I’m a frequent visitor whether to catch a show or simply to sip a Pickering’s gin and tonic.
This August their courtyard is home to an al fresco bar and two food trucks: the ever outstanding Rost; and a trader that was new to me called the Cheesy Toast Shack. Having spent quite a lot of this year chasing good grilled cheese I was keen to try their wares.
Rather than being a pure toasted cheese place, they’re more of a hot sandwich specialist. I draw this distinction early on as if you’re looking for sandwiches brimming with mounds of molten cheesy goodness, like I was, you need to re-calibrate for much more modest amounts.
From an extensive list I chose the goat’s cheese, pastrami and beetroot chutney option. This was toasted to order by the friendly stallholder and with me within a few minutes.
When photographing it I could see plenty of pastrami and little in the way of cheese. It contained a miserly amount of goat’s cheese, barely enough to balance the beetroot.
It was, however, very well toasted and a pretty good hot pastrami sandwich. It just wasn’t the sort of cheesy toast I was expecting and only worked as a light snack rather than something likely to address mealtime hunger.
So overall, the Cheesy Toast Shack will do you a pleasing hot sandwich but fails to deliver on the cheesy punch. As such it’s good for a quick lunch bite on the go, but if you’re looking for something more heartily satisfying I’d stick with Rost and their locally sourced excellence.