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.

Pop Up Scroll

Pop up scroll - Box o' scrolls

Pop up scroll – Box o’ scrolls

Pop up scroll is a little store that specialises in scrolls and coffee. There were cupcakes, then there were macarons, then there were doughnuts, and now there are scrolls. It’s no secret that Melbourne loves sweets. And when a specialty store like this pops up, sweet tooths flock to the occasion.

Pop up scroll - Street view

Pop up scroll – Street view

They have a variety of scrolls to choose from and you can have your coffee with milk, soy or coconut milk. Like all pop-ups it is only around for a limited time but there are plans in the near future to have a more permanent store for those who have decided to incorporate a daily scroll into their everyday lives.

Pop up scroll - Venue

Pop up scroll – Venue

It’s really cute inside, there are teacups on the shelf and pictures on the wall that make you feel like you’ve walked into a little golden book. There are little coffee tables and chairs around so you can stop, sit and get your scroll on.

Pop up scroll - The original cinnamon and cream cheese scroll

Pop up scroll – The original cinnamon and cream cheese scroll

The O.G. the original cinnamon scroll with cream cheese was what began the concept for pop up scroll. The owner was previously making lots of scrolls every day in his last café to keep up with the demand. Needless to say, the scrolls were exceptional. From this response, him and his wife decided to explore the idea of specialised scrolls further. And thank goodness they did. Their freshly baked buttery scrolls are divine.

Pop up scroll - Chocolate and caramel scroll

Pop up scroll – Chocolate and caramel scroll

The chocolate and caramel scroll was delish. My bf’s fave. It had a good chocolate to caramel ratio and went well on the soft brioche based scroll. It was like melted chocolate and caramel on a soft buttery bun. Delish!

Pop up scroll - Peanut butter banana scroll

Pop up scroll – Peanut butter banana scroll

Then there was the peanut butter and banana scroll. I’m a fan of pb with banana so I was excited. And as expected, it was damn good. The sweet banana with the mildly salty peanut butter cream piped on top with crushed peanuts had great balance. Amazing!

Pop up scroll - Coconut and white chocolate scroll

Pop up scroll – Coconut and white chocolate scroll

The coconut white chocolate scroll was Malaysian inspired. It was glazed with white chocolate and then topped with a generous amount of sweet caramelised coconut.

Pop up scroll - Apple and frangipane scroll

Pop up scroll – Apple and frangipane scroll

The apple and frangipane and the cherry pistachio scrolls were more of a croissant style scroll like an escargot. The apple and frangipane was simple and delicious. A bit crispy, a bit buttery with apple almond bits through the scroll. It looked pretty dusted with icing sugar on just one side.

Pop up scroll - Cherry and pistachio scroll

Pop up scroll – Cherry and pistachio scroll

The cherry and pistachio was good. The sourness of the whole cherries and the creamy pistachio sauce drizzled on top made for an interesting combo. It was yum.

Pop up scroll - Mini Cinni

Pop up scroll – Mini Cinni

They also had a miniature version of the cinnamon scroll when we went. Awww. The mini cinni is so cute. It’s an itty-bitty version of the cinnamon scroll with cream cheese and it’s just adorable.

Pop up scroll - Max Vs. The scroll

Pop up scroll – Max Vs. The scroll

As always Max is trying to swindle a bit of cinnamon scroll as part of his dinner.

To be honest, I haven’t had a scroll for a very long time before my recent travels to pop up scroll. And I can tell you I was pleasantly surprised. Scrolls are not usually my go-to pastry but these scrolls are a different breed. Not boring, tasteless and only for old people. They were exciting, inspiring and delicious. I love eating the scroll from the outside layer around to the centre mmm always the best bit. Scrolls are definitely making a comeback.

I heart Pop Up Scroll!

Olives x

Pop Up Scroll
Address: 86 Smith Street, Collingwood
Trading Hours: Mon–Fri: 8am – 4pm, Sat: 9am-4pm (closed Sunday)