MELBOURNE | Square One is the newest venture from restaurateur Nathan Toleman’s Mulberry Group (Hazel, Liminal, Lilac Wine). Located on the ground level of the Rialto complex, this concept café offers an all-day menu filled with local and international chef collaborations that changes seasonally.
10 chefs are invited to create a signature dish for the season, highlighting ingredients from Common Ground Project. That’s Mulberry Group’s regenerative agriculture community farm in Freshwater Creek that provides training and employment opportunities for the disadvantaged. 10% of the Square One’s profits are also donated to Common Ground Project.
At launch, the menu features items like a cumin lamb pancake by Victor Liong (Lee Ho Fook), grandma’s borek, from Tom Sarafian, and a crumbed lions mane mushroom schnitzel by Zoe Birch (Greasy Zoe’s). This season’s international contribution is the famed Portuguese bifana from chef Nuno Mendez’s London restaurant, Lisboeta.
As well as the rotating guest items, there’s a section of brunch favourites like chilli ricotta toast, chia and coconut yoghurt, and a kimchi cheddar toastie. To drink, it’s excellent filter and espresso based coffee, tea, juices, and a small selection of local wine, beer, and cocktails.
525 Collins Street
Mon – Fri: 7:30am to 4:00pm