Halal Melt Grilled Cheese in Scarborough
Oooey gooey cheese, toasted bread and fillings galore will make you melt for the new (and halal) Melt Grilled Cheese in Scarborough. They are located at 1515 Birchmount Road, just south of Ellesmere Road.
Melt Grilled Cheese is a newish franchise with just a handful of locations around the GTA — none of them are halal except their Scarborough location, purchased by a Muslim family. The Franchise owner gave Halal Melt Grilled Cheese some flexibility on where to purchase meat from. After a couple of months, we are happy to confirm they source meat from hand slaughtered halal sources.
Their menu differs from the mainstream Melt Grilled Cheese locations and exclude pork items. Scarborough Halal Melt Grilled Cheese owner also confirms that their cheeses are free of animal enzymes, but it’s always good to check yourself at each visit as they have a wide variety and we cannot assume responsibility for their ingredients if they change sources on anything.
The interior is comfortable and clean with minimalistic lines and modest seating — roughly enough dine-in space for three families of four or five people and then a bar height counter near the entrance with additional seating.
Their menu consists of comfort: grilled cheese sandwiches, poutine, soups, salads, milk shake and ice cream clearly projected on TV screens above the main ordering area.
Although we wanted to try a bit of everything, we missed out on their poutine because they were out of gravy. But we’ll be back for that since it seemed to have all the elements we feel make a stellar poutine that often get missed: thin cut fries and real cheese curds.
What we did get to try out: Tattooed Chicken ($7.99) which has crispy or grilled chicken, cheese, crispy beef strips from Niagara Valley Farms (Riz Global Foods), herbed tomato and garlic mayo. Then Shawarma Melt ($7.99) featuring your choice of chicken or beef, cheese, garlic tahini, tomatoes and red onion. I for sure thought the winner would be Tattooed Chicken, but the clear favourite was Shawarma Melt. We went with beef filling and loved the tartness of the garlic tahini – kept the sandwich from being too heavy.
For the ultimate in comfort food experience, we recommend adding a side of Tomato Soup ($3.49), which really need to go hand-in-hand. Since you’re already enjoying a cozy afternoon lunch, why not go the extra mile and top it all off with a Milkshake ($5.49).
Overall Melt Grilled Cheese is a great little spot for lunch if you’re in the area. Would be really nice to see a larger location open up in the near future.
If you venture out, let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!
Meat sources: Meat is purchased from Super Bazaar whose sources are: Madina and Al-Ameen. Battered chicken strips are from Mina Halal and Beef strips are from Niagara Valley Farms (Riz Global Foods). If you’re calling to confirm sources (highly recommended for any restaurant we feature) please make sure you speak to the Scarborough owner directly.
Melt Grilled Cheese
1515 Birchmount Road