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Harper & Blohm Cheese Shop

This Sydney Road cheese shop is serving up some of the city's best toasties.
By Georgia Hough
April 26, 2019
By Georgia Hough
April 26, 2019

Moving from its small shop in Essendon to a bigger location along Brunswick's Sydney Road in 2018, Harper and Blohm's expansion is a testament of the demand and popularity of its cheesy goods. The gourmet cheese shop sells ready-to-eat items like cheese toasties, cheese-filled baguettes and salads, alongside a range of cheeses, and milks, yogurts and creams as well.

Visitors should expect a fresh, swanky interior that's well lit from the natural light flooding in through the floor-to-ceiling glass storefront. You can perch happily in a bar stool with a coffee while you chow down on one of the delectable grilled cheese options. There's the classic three-cheese — featuring cheddar, gruyere and raclette with caramelised onion — or the mushroom, taleggio, truffle pecorino and rosemary ($12–14). All toasties are vegetarian, but you can add ham or pastrami into the mix for an extra $2.

The mastermind behind the operation is Olivia Sutton, who, after working as a cheesemonger here and overseas, opened the restaurant as a homage to her grandparents. If you're eager to experiment with what she brings in, sign up for a monthly cheese subscription ($75–90), which includes 3–4 pieces of cheese from soft, hard and blue cheeses accompanied by information about the selections and the best places to store them.

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