Rustica Canteen

Rustica Canteen - Street view

Rustica Canteen – Street view

Rustica Canteen opened in the city 2 minutes away from my work huzzah! They opened in Guildford lane just this week and it is definitely something to be excited about. Similar to their Fitzroy store (Rustica Sourdough), the restaurant is part bakery part dining space. Behind the counter are shelves of fresh loaves of bread and across the front bench there is a display of delectable French pastries. It’s a beautiful open space with modern décor and delicious dining for breakfast and lunch.

Rustica Canteen - Venue

Rustica Canteen – Venue

It’s a really nice inside.

Rustica Canteen - We got what you knead

Rustica Canteen – We got what you knead

This sign was so cute. We got what you knead haha.

Rustica Canteen - Coffee

Rustica Canteen – Coffee

Mmm coffee.

Rustica Canteen - Breakfast salad w a fried egg

Rustica Canteen – Breakfast salad w a fried egg

I had a breakfast salad because I knew I was going to spend a morning eating indulgent pastries so I though it would be good to get some greens in. This salad was delicious. It was full of flavour and had great texture. Full of super foods too. It had a combination of freekah, wild rice, kale, rocket, chai soaked raisins, toasted almonds, minted yoghurt and a fried egg on top (runny yolk of course). Amazing.

Rustica Canteen - Croissant w chilli scramble & jamon

Rustica Canteen – Croissant w chilli scramble & jamon

The croissant with chilli scramble was tasty. The croissant was buttery and toasted and there was a generous mountain of scrambled egg with mild chilli, Serrano jamon and manchengo cheese. It had lots of Spanish flavours, it was yum.

Rustica Canteen - Brekky burgers

Rustica Canteen – Brekky burgers 

Yum breakfast burgers.

Rustica Canteen - Assortment of pastries

Rustica Canteen – Assortment of pastries

It’s hard not to leave the place without a box full of pastries and a couple of loaves of fresh bread because they are on display and they look fabulous. I was like I want that and that and maybe that and also that and I wanna try that too.

Rustica Canteen - Pear danish

Rustica Canteen – Pear danish

The pear danish was incredible. It was simple but the flavours really stood out. The poached pear had a subtle fragrant rosewater flavour the cream cheese frosting was light and delicate and then the danish pastry was crisp around the edges and super buttery. The flavours together were remarkable.

Rustica Canteen - Cronut

Rustica Canteen – Cronut

The milo cronut was pretty special. It was shaped and fried like a donut but had the crisp buttery layers of a croissant. Then if that wasn’t enough, it was filled with chocolate milo custard and topped with cream, chocolate and a milo crisp.

Rustica Canteen - Lemon meringue tart

Rustica Canteen – Lemon meringue tart

The lemon meringue tart in this photo got a bit mangled in transit. The meringue was so delicate and soft and the on the inside it had a sweet creamy lemon curd in the centre and a crumbly shortcrust pastry base.

Rustica Canteen - Creme brulee donut

Rustica Canteen – Creme brulee donut

The creme brûlée brioche donut was delicious. It had a hard toffee top with a crème brulee filling. There was a thick layer of toffee on top but it was easy to bite into it kind of had a lolly candy kind of flavour. Then there was a creme brûlée filling inside the soft fluffy donut. Yum!

Rustica Canteen - Twice cooked Isphan croissant and choc peanut butter croissant

Rustica Canteen – Twice cooked Ispahan croissant and choc peanut butter croissant

The chocolate and peanut butter croissant was pretty amazing. It was a twice baked croissant filled with a peanut frangipane, it had chunks of dark Belgian chocolate and was topped with chocolate ganache and chopped roasted peanuts. It was delicious and not too sweet. The bitterness of the dark chocolate balanced out the sweetness. It was really good.

Rustica Canteen - Salted caramel choux bomb, Ispahan croissant & choc honeycomb brioche donut

Rustica Canteen – Salted caramel choux bomb, Ispahan croissant & choc honeycomb brioche donut

The twice baked Ispahan croissant was delicious. It was filled with rose, lychee, almond and raspberry. It had the tartness of the raspberries, the sweetness of the lychee, the traditional almond filling and a floral hum of rose in the background. It had a perfect balance of flavours, it was lovely. and very pretty too.

The salted caramel choux bomb was awesome. The choux pastry was delightfully crisp and crumbly and filled with a smooth and creamy salted caramel chantilly cream. Yum!

This restaurant is a great place for brunch and they use high quality ingredients. They have a range of delicious sandwiches for lunch and they bake their own bread so it doesn’t get fresher than that. It will satisfy the sweet toots, the bread lovers and the brunchers. Come one come all. It’s open. Yay!

I heart Rustica Canteen!

Olives x

Rustica Canteen
Address:33 Guildford Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9642 2203
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm Sat-Sun: 8am-4pm

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Rustica Sourdough

Rustica Sourdough - Street view

Rustica Sourdough – Street view

Rustica sourdough make beautiful artisan breads and pastries on site that look spectacular and taste amazing. Lots of care has been taken to create these beautifully hand-crafted delights and you can taste the love. Their menu highlights their traditional breads in a unique and modern way.

Rustica Sourdough - Venue

Rustica Sourdough – Venue

As I walked in I was already drooling over the breads behind the counter and pastries on display, they looked amazing. There were shelves of different breads, which are all made on the premises so they are as fresh as can be. Sourdough, seedy wholewheat and rye, oh my.

Rustica Sourdough - Artwork

Rustica Sourdough – Artwork

They had some cool art on the walls.

Rustica Sourdough - Coffee

Rustica Sourdough – Coffee

They do a good coffee.

Rustica Sourdough - Rustica Breakfast Board

Rustica Sourdough – Rustica breakfast board

The Rustica breakfast board has a little bit of everything. You get a jar of house made granola w organic yoghurt. The granola was nice and crunchy with toasted oats and seeds and yumness topped with the organic yoghurt, which was thick and creamy. And a bottle of milk to go with. Then you get a glass of cold press juice, I chose apple, orange and beetroot, which was delish. Then there was a slice of pumpkin sourdough (OMG amazing!). It was a rustic, hearty slice of sourdough with a delicate pumpkin flavour yum. It had a poached egg on top with oozing yolk and a dollop of zesty smashed avo beside it. Everything you need to start the day. It was a really well rounded meal and a super cute idea. All the elements on the board were tasty.

Rustica Sourdough - French toast

Rustica Sourdough – French toast

The French toast was impressive. There was sweet ricotta and soft roasted figs sandwiched between two mega pieces of buttery brioche French toast. It was so soft, it was like cutting through butter. It was light and spongy and delicious. It was dressed with lemon myrtle syrup and topped with raspberry mascarpone, nuts, fresh berries and little flower petals. Very pretty.

Rustica Sourdough - Triple berry cronut

Rustica Sourdough – Triple berry cronut

Their cronuts are unreal. I’d say one of Melbourne’s best cronuts for sure. It had all the strengths of a doughnut and croissant rolled into one. It is the shape of a doughnut and fried and sprinkled with sugar like a doughnut, then it has the fluffy buttery layers of pastry like a croissant. We got the blueberry, raspberry, blackberry cronut. When we bit into it, it had the buttery layers of fried pastry with a layer of triple berry mousse inside which was absolutely divine. It was delicious! Berry delicious! ;)

Rustica Sourdough - Pumpkin Sourdough

Rustica Sourdough – Pumpkin Sourdough

I had to take home a loaf of pumpkin bread. It was fluffy and comforting, a tiny bit sweet and oh so fresh. It was the kind of pumpkin bread you only eat in dreams. Perfection!

Rustica Sourdough - Hot cross buns and the easter bunny

Rustica Sourdough – Hot cross buns and the easter frenchie

Easter bunny alert! False alarm it’s just Max. Those bunny ears fool me every time. The hot cross buns he is trying to get his paws on are baked fresh at rustica and are absolutely delicious. They have lots of fruit and a really nice flavour. I also whacked on a large helping of butter, which made it even butter, I mean better. I assume these buns are only around during the easter period so best to visit soon if you’re into buns of the hot cross variety.

I really enjoyed my experience at Rustica Sourdough. How can you beat traditional artisan hand crafted bread baked fresh? The staff is friendly, the food is delicious and the bread is top class. I just wish I lived closer so this could be my local bakery.

I heart Rustica Sourdough!

Rustica Sourdough
Address: 402 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065
Phone: 03 9417 7775
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm, Sat: 7am-5pm, Sun: 8am-4pm

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Note: Olive Sundays was invited as a guest to Rustica Sourdough Bakery.

Flour Market (27th July 2014)

Flour Market - Fitzroy Town Hall

Flour Market – Fitzroy Town Hall

I enjoy a sleep-in as much as the next guy but when Melbourne’s emerging, new established, artisan and underground bakers come together for a winter bake sale, I’m there. The Flour Market was held at Fitzroy town hall this morning and there was an abundance of indulgent pastries, breads, cakes, pies, donuts and much much more.

Agathe Patisserie

Agathe Patisserie

We walked in and there were crates full of golden croissants. Agathe Patisserie had deliciously buttery croissants, plain and chocolate. They also had little brioche swirly buns with Nutella and custard meringue ones too. Yum!

GF Precinct

GF Precinct 

GF Precinct had a nice variety of freshly baked Gluten free breads.

Citizen Cacao

Citizen Cacao

There were some interesting truffles displayed by Citizen Cacao, which were raw, vegan and super tasty. They had a good sweet salty balance going on and some interesting flavours like berry coconut chia, orange and pistachio praline, chipotle, rosemary, salted caramel and almond butter.

All Day Donuts

All Day Donuts

All Day Donuts had two types of donuts for sale, strawberry glaze w liquid cheesecake and chocolate glaze w mint rubble. Naturally we had to try both. They were both absolutely delicious!

Mmm treasure...Max's nose knows

Mmm treasure…Max’s nose knows

When we took them home Max was onto it straight away. He was sniffing around for treasure. His nose knows when there are yummy treats in close vicinity.

Tivoli Road Bakery

Tivoli Road Bakery

Tivoli road had some impressive looking loves of bread and a range of sweet pastries.

Tivoli Road Bakery

Tivoli Road Bakery

They had croissants (plain, almond and chocolate) and danishes (pear, rhubarb and raisin and pistachio escargot).

Tivoli Road Bakery

Tivoli Road Bakery


They also had these cinnamon custard scrolls, which were really cinnamony and really delicious (one of my faves).



There were lots of little tarts made by Nora which had exciting flavours like lemon & lemongrass ginger brulee, coconut pandan, tamarind cream cheese strawberries, honey dark choc sea salt & sesame and quince espresso cream coconut caramel. We tried the brulee and the dark choc tarts, which were amazing.

Moonbeam Kitchen Cakes

Moonbeam Kitchen Cakes

Moonbeam kitchen had a range of cakes made from scratch. They had all different cakes, which were medium sized cakes (big enough to share if you’re feeling nice but also small enough to eat on your own). They had banana cake, apply country cake, a lemon loaf w cream cheese frosting, vegan chocolate cakes. They also had a range of flourless cakes, chocolate & raspberry and pear & almond.

Bakewell & Co

Bakewell & Co

Bakewell & Co had all different flavoured pies, they had chocolate & peanut butter, spiced pumpkin, cherry, lemon blueberry and apple.

Bakewell & Co

Bakewell & Co


They also had assorted cream biscuits like a fresh kingston cream bisciut and homemade oreos.

Bakewell & Co

Bakewell & Co

They also had these sea salt chic chop cookies which were delish.

Cobb Lane Bakery

Cobb Lane Bakery

There was a stall with a variety of donuts bursting with fillings. There was raspberry lychee & rose (the rose was delightful), peanut butter & jelly (I wanted more PB), salted caramel (OMG), lime curd and meringue and jaffa. The salted caramel one was so decadent. The caramel was so rich and salty it was delicious but tasted deadly. After each bite I needed a break. They also had the salted caramel in jars for sale.

Flour to the people

Flour to the people

This guy. Flour to the people! Love it. There were also some other stalls with savoury food like Pure Pie (Love their beef, red wine rosemary pie), Pierogi Pierogi (I want to try these) and Shop Ramen (Their baos looked good) but this morning I had my eyes on only sweets. At Ed’s Breads they had a yummy potato and honey loaf and they were selling slices of their bread with grilled cheese. Yum grilled cheese! I just didn’t have enough hands or coordination to hold stuff and eat hot food at the same time.

A very sweet breakfast

A very sweet breakfast

We bought lots of yummy treats and it was a good thing I brought my bf because he makes a great pack mule and helped me carry all the stuff. We went to my mum’s house and had the family over for breakfast. A very sweet breakfast indeed. We toasted the Dr. Marty’s Crumpets at home and they were really yummy. They were really soft and fluffy when you bite into them.

Luckily we bought the early risers tickets (only $10), which allows you to enter the bake sale half an hour before it opens at 9am. When we left there was a huge line down the street so I was glad we went early. I had heaps of fun and have definitely eaten way more than my daily intake of sugar for the day. They have had a few Flour Market’s so far, so hopefully they continue these bake sales because they’re awesome!

I heart the Flour Market!

Olives x