Rupert on Rupert
Among the industrial and creative spaces of Rupert Street in Collingwood is husband-and-wife team Ric and Mali Corinaldi’s venture, Rupert on Rupert.
A long side area greets visitors upon entering. Thanks to rows of skylights, afternoon sun drenches the space, bouncing off timber finishes and creating an amber haze. There is also a generous amount of plant life – trees line the walls of Rupert’s corridor, clearly a source of joy for Ric, a horticulturist by trade. It's easy to see why the space is popular for weddings and other functions.
Along with Shane Smith, Ric is one half of Ficus Constructions, responsible for building Melbourne institutions De Clieu, Traveller, Madame Brussels, Allpress Espresso (also on Rupert Street) and Bar Ampere.
The bar here is into experimentation without pretension. There are seven beers on tap – including Coopers Pale Ale sitting next to McLaren Vale IPA – Australian wines on tap and a promise to always have three cocktails under $15.
Food isn't an afterthought. Refined share plates include wood-fired zucchini with radicchio and lemon ricotta; twice-cooked octopus with kipfler potatoes; and pork belly dressed with corn and eggplant salsas, Hungarian salami and jalapeños.
There's also a separate page of the menu devoted to pizza, a highlight of which is the Balkan Lamb – slow braised lamb shoulder, sweet onions, watercress and Bulgarian feta.