Rustica Sourdough, Fitzroy
Walk into Rustica Sourdough in Melbourne’s north and you immediately feel welcome.
There’s something about the quaint decor, super expressionistic artwork that cover the walls and the endless flow of people walking through the door that makes you feel at home. That and you’re welcomed with a smile by either one of the brother-sister duo, Brenton and Nicole Lang, who own and operate the place.
It’s a nice touch.
They hit their three-year anniversary recently and it’s easy to see how. The Rustica Sourdough name has quickly set-in as a go-to for impressively crafted and tasting baked cakes and breads, hailing from the family’s sheer enthusiasm for quality and Brenton’s years of experience as an experienced baker.
“It’s a cute little family thing we have going on,” smiled Nicole as she all too happily gave her recommendations from what is a modestly sized, but deliciously optioned breakfast menu.
The likes of a breakfast board that features a tasty array of granola, organic yoghurt, seasonal fruit and poached eggs is on offer, meanwhile what has become a staple in Melbourne brunch menus, smashed avocado is on the menu, but with a Rustica twist.
Chilli eggs with spring onion, coriander, bacon, shaved pecorino – which makes the dish – on housemade sourdough is one of Rustica’s best, alongside a breakfast of sautéed greens like broccolini, beans, snow peas, smashed avocado and grilled haloumi: always popular with the locals.
No bakery, though, is complete without an incredible smorgasbord of desserts, all delicately and deliciously prepared to make the tastebuds of the most hardened foodie go spastic.
Take Rustica Sourdough’s mango and passionfruit dome, for example. The story goes that the original recipe and design won an award in the To keep on top of their game, Rustica added a few more rounds of sugar and spice and all things nice – like mango – to their recipe which today, leaves them with a killer recipe that is delicately sweet, perfectly creamy and tantalisingly moreish.
If they don’t win another award in 2015, the system is flawed.
There’s no doubt that Rustica Sourdough has achieved something brilliant for the over 280 square-metre space. Their team of 29 bakers, waiters and baristas work tirelessly around the clock to create some of the best bread available north of the river.
With plans to expand to a second space in the coming months in Melbourne’s city, Rustica Sourdough is going great guns to bring good bread to the henry mouths of Melburnians.
See more about Rustica Sourdough at their website (WWW).
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