Rustica Sourdough Transforms Into Sandwich Deli For Lockdown

Rustica Sourdough has transformed it’s South Yarra Artisan Bakery into a one-stop sandwich shop for the remainder of Victoria’s lockdown.

Rustica was established in 2012 and has fast become one of the busiest bakeries in Melbourne. With 4 locations across the city, Rustica Bakery is a combination of Bakery; Wholesale Bakery to all of your favourite venues; Cafe, Restaurant and now, Sandwich Deli, too.

With the growing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the uprise of Sandwich culture sweeping across the Melbourne Suburbs, turning Rustica into a Sandwich Deli until lockdown comes to an end was a bit of a ‘no-brainer’ for owner Brenton Lang.

“Eating breakfast and lunch at a cafe has become impossible during this time, so we had to think of something that would get people out and about, and offer them something that they normally wouldn’t whip up at home”, says Brenton.

Currently, the sandwich flavours available include the fried chicken sanga with bread and butter pickles, buttermilk dressing and American cheddar; a meatball sub with sugo, scamorza and crispy basil; a curried egg sando; eggplant parma with scamorza and salsa verde; crispy roast pork belly with fontina and mozzarella; a Philly steak; and beer-battered flathead.

“There isn’t really a story behind the sandwich options available” says Brenton. “We wanted a range of offerings that were what you would expect from a classic sandwich bar. Just like the options we have on our usual menu, we trialled and tweaked everything a lot until we were 100 percent happy with them.”

Rustica will still be offering croissant French toast, a triple cheese black truffle toastie, a vegan sandwich with roasted cauliflower and hummus, a chilli egg sandwich and fries on the side.

If these guys are in your 5km bubble, make sure you swing by. And yes, there’s still coffee!


Mon to Fri 7am–4pm

Sat & Sun 8am–4pm


501 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141


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