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We Tried This Super Expensive Cheese Toastie To See If It Was Worth The Cost

Does it taste gouda? Let’s brie.

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After reading several articles online this week about what ~could be~ Sydney's (or probably Australia's tbh) most expensive cheese toastie, we decided to track it down and, well, eat it.

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That is us, by the way.

The toastie in question was just added to the menu at Sydney's Bennelong Restaurant, which – if you hadn't guessed – happens to be fancy AF. It's also inside the Opera House, which is fucking insane.

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The $22 sandwich contains five different kinds of cheese – each from impressive locations, according to the chef who was grilling them up in front of us. It's also served with truffles – go figure.

Two of the cheeses were from Tasmania, and according to the chef they "smelled really bad, but we are working on it." Working on it? How? Do they have a machine that makes cheese not smelly?

While we waited for our toasties, we enjoyed glasses of wine that only cost half as much as our lunch was about to, and noted that almost everything around us was a perfectly gilded shade of fancy.

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Everything was varying shades of gold, including the roof, walls, and lighting. All the people that worked at Bennelong also wear suits, and they're probably not even forced to. I bet they get a real kick out of it.

See? Even this thing hanging from the roof was gold.

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(Sure, T-shirts and unbrushed hair might not have been the best choice, but we were here now, so it was a good time to make the most of every photo opportunity.)

Anticipation levels were high when our lunch at last arrived – a cheese toastie that appeared to be exactly the same as one you'd make at home, but which actually cost you more than a week's worth of overpriced Sydney coffee.

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Lucky for this little toastie, we both know that it's what's inside that counts, as well as how damn important cheese is.

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Because this guy was filled with presumably expensive cheese – and truffles, which pigs hunt for, and are therefore very important and interesting.

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Our final thoughts?

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Gyan: Any cheese toastie is a good toastie in my opinion. I mean, I do fucking hate brioche – but I also really like feeling like I'm much classier than I actually am, so it all worked out fine in the end.

Would I pay $22 for this sandwich if it was being served to me at home? No way, sir. However, being inside the Opera House, surrounded by gold, is a pretty damn lovely way to spend your lunch break – and that I would pay for. 3/5.

Brad: It was a nice cheese toastie. A fine cheese toastie. A cheese toastie that should have been enjoyed with a beer, which is a amateur error from myself, but nonetheless it was enjoyable. Cheese and truffles are totally ~in~ right now, which is fine by me. It was, however, a little bit on the small side – which is frustrating because I skipped breakfast for it. All in all, I agree with Gyan and give it a 3/5.

Also worth noting that we were thanked by about 12 people upon leaving the restaurant – as if our fine bourgeois cheese toastie catapulted us into a higher class.

To conclude, it's worth mentioning that while there were eight people (including ourselves) having lunch in this area of the restaurant, we witnessed TEN sandwiches being made. It would seem people are pretty into these things?

Friendly Bennelong Chef Guy

And yeah, there was also one chef who obviously thought we were completely sandwich-obsessed so he offered to take a photo of these ones – that weren't even ours – being made.

What a guy. What a day.

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