Rustica Canteen is well on its way to becoming a Melbourne cafe staple, having proved hugely successful in Fitzroy, the CBD and Richmond. Now it’s Hawthorn’s turn, with the little sibling set to open its doors to welcome the east side’s hungriest, serving up artisan breads, house-roasted coffee, breakfast necessities and lunch favourites.
Rustica is the brainchild of three of Melbourne’s most coveted hospitality names. Founder and Head Baker, Brenton Lang, has teamed up with the former head chef of Ladro and Touchwood, Tristan White, and the visionary behind Coin Laundry, Tall Timber and the Marquis of Lorne, Matt Vero, to expand the already-popular Rustica brand across Melbourne.
Rustica is just one of the string of Melbourne cafes teaming up with residential developments, partnering with the Maple Complex. On the corner of Power Street and Burwood Road, the incredibly sleek, modern Maple Development is the perfect home for this contemporary cafe and bakery, offering a local hotspot for all those who live nearby.
Tristan’s menu showcases the best of the season’s offerings, serving up only the freshest ingredients across their breakfast and lunch menu. Whilst Rustica’s infamous artisan breads will, of course, feature on the menu, a selection of new additions exclusive to the Hawthorn cafe will be available, such as the baba ganoush with grilled halloumi, tomatoes, poached eggs and greens, and the slow-roasted lamb shoulder baguette with rosemary garlic, cumin yoghurt, red onion and iceberg lettuce. Everything is produced on-site, from the moreish cronuts, delectable pastries and of course, Rustica’s trademark sourdough loaves, served fresh from the oven.
Rustica’s longstanding partnership with the Melbourne-based Rumble Coffee Roasters will also follow them to Hawthorn, with the house-roasted coffee taking centre stage on the beverage list.
The interiors were envisioned by architect, Fiona Drago, who has captured the perfect balance between industrial and modern. The rustic marbled surfaces, lighting pendants, concrete floors and suspended timber ceilings are beautifully coupled with soft pastel colours, natural light and lush greenery to create a trendy atmosphere that complements the fresh, contemporary menu.
Whether it be Sunday morning brekky, picking up a freshly baked ciabatta loaf, Parisian baguette or a coffee on the way to work, Rustica’s convenient new location makes for the perfect all-rounder destination.
Rustica is set to open in mid-May for coffee, breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.