4 Roslyn St, Potts Point NSW 2011
Was lovely to meet Penny Lawson, a self-diagnosed curd nerd with 20 years experience in the food industry sourcing local and international cheeses. You can smell the cheese as you walk into this small but very tempting cheese shop stocked with plenty of variety to please. Move over 3 and 5 cheese toasties. Penny's Cheese Shop prefers to do an 8 Cheese Toastie ($12) this week using sourdough from Pioik Bakery and Cheddar-VIC, Raclette-VIC, Gruyere-NSW, Mimolette-France, Reypenaer VSOP-The Netherlands, Tilsit-NSW biodynamic, Caciocavallo-Italy and Raclette-France. I've chosen the Quattro Stelle ham option but they also do a fresh chilli option for those who like it spicy — I might have to try next time. So much cheesy goodness that a pickle on the side would be awesome to help refresh the palate. Most good cheese toasties will have buttered bread on the outside to form a crust but this one differs with replacing the butter with more cheese instead that's melted to form a cheesy crust. The cheese shop has been open about 2 months and Penny is slowly transforming the space that used to be the Leo cafe. I spy eggs, olive oil, crackers and honey from various artisan producers on offer. Parking can be a challenge in the area but it's worth the trip.