The team behind Rustica sourdough bakery and café have swung open the doors to a new venue located on Melbourne’s Little Collins and Queen Street.

It marks the fifth venue for Managing Director Brenton Lang and Director Drew Gibbs.

“With Melburnians filtering back into the city, we wanted to open in time to welcome them back,” says Lang.

“We are here to refuel and caffeinate the city with our new brunch menu, signature pastries and specialty coffee blend First Love Coffee.”

Rustica’s very own Head Chef Chantelle Saba will be leading the kitchen after seven years with the group.

The offering has been refined, with a breakfast and brunch menu including takeaway options aimed at city workers on the go.

“All the dishes were designed in mind to easily grab and devour in a lunch break,” says Saba.

Highlights include avocado, charred corn, herb salad, Mexican furikake, lime labneh, grilled halloumi and seedy sourdough; Grilled yellow peach, stracciatella cheese and olive sourdough; a buttermilk fried chicken tender burger and a roast porchetta roll.

Pastry options cover regular favourites such as blueberry and finger lime crullers, Ferrero French crullers, Portuguese tarts, almond and chocolate croissants and Iced Vovo brioche donuts. 

The venue uses Rustica’s coffee brand, First Love Coffee, sourcing beans from Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala and Mexico along with seasonal, single origins.

The café will rotate between six different blends on a monthly basis.

Rustica Little Collins and Queen Street is open Monday to Friday from 7am until 4pm and 8am until 4pm on weekends.