Rustica (Hawthorn) 7/10

Hi Fellow Foodies!

Welcome to Cards and Cafés!

Rustica Sourdough was established in 2012 in Fitzroy and now has three other locations around Melbourne including, Power Street in Hawthorn, Guilford Lane in the CBD and the Rialto in the CBD.

This café-bakery has fast become one of the most successful and recognised café-bakery’s in Melbourne by delivering artisan breads baked using traditions sourdough techniques. Make sure you check out their website, which is linked below, for more about their history.

I decided to try their Hawthorn Café, as I love the area and this is always where I meet my friends, Maddy and Flick, for a catch up. We went on a Sunday morning in October. It wasn’t overly busy when we arrived and we managed to get a table right away.

FOOD & DRINKS 

The menu at Rustica is a reasonable size and they have a good selection of dishes to choose from.

The following menu photo was taken in October 2017 and it might have changed since.

Just so you are aware, they don’t split bills or accept menu changes over the weekend period.

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I ordered a cappuccino, which I thought was great. It was nice and strong, and had a rich and creamy consistency. It was hot when it arrived at the table and went down a real treat.

Coffee rating: 4/5  4 out of 5

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For breakfast, Flick ordered Eggs Anyway on Rustica Sourdough and added a side of bacon. She had fried eggs and said they were cooked perfectly. The bacon was crispy and the serving size was quite generous and she struggled to finish.

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Eggs Anyway on Rustica Sourdough and added a side of bacon ($11 + $5 for bacon)

Maddy ordered Baba Ganoush, with grilled haloumi, Roma tomatoes, poached eggs, greens, and sumac salt on sourdough.

When it arrived at the table, we all thought that it was a generous serving and it would definitely leave you feeling full for most of the day.

Maddy said that everything was delicious and that flavour combinations were fantastic. The poached eggs were cooked well and the grilled haloumi brought an extra saltiness to the dish, which made all the other flavours pop.

She would definitely order this dish again.

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Baba Ganoush, with grilled haloumi, Roma tomatoes, poached eggs, greens, and sumac salt on sourdough ($17)

Finally, I ordered the Chilli Scrambled Eggs, with bacon, spring onion, and Manchego cheese on sourdough. This was also a very generous serving and I actually struggled to finish it. This could also be because the dish was quite rich.

The eggs were cooked well and the bacon added an extra depth of flavour and brought a slight saltiness to the dish. I found that the Manchego cheese made the dish incredibly rich for my taste.

I enjoyed the flavours, however I personally would have liked more chilli.

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Chilli Scrambled Eggs, with bacon, spring onion, and Manchego cheese on sourdough ($17)

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ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE

The staff members at Rustica are fairly friendly and welcomed me when I walked in (as the girls were already seated).

They gave us plenty of time to look at the menu and decide what we wanted to eat. Our food and drinks came out in a reasonable time and everything was nice and hot when it arrived at the table.

The atmosphere was pretty relaxed for a busy Sunday morning and at no point did we feel pressured to quickly eat our food to make space for the next group of people.

OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT RUSTICA

Address: 121 Power St, Hawthorn, Melbourne, (Vic)

Map: here

Phone: (03) 9819 2018

Website: here

Operating Hours: 

Monday –Friday  –7:00 am- 4:00 pm                               

Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

CAFÉ RATING = 7/10  
Rustica Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Have you visited Rustica before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?

Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.

Until next time,

Happy eating

-Kim

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