172 Oxford Street Collingwood VIC 3066
(03) 9417 5930
Proud Mary is one of those elite brunch establishments where a wait of 45 minutes is generally expected, though only in Melbourne where the café culture is so robust are diners are willing to wait. So is worth it?
Thankfully so. Tucked away in the backstreets of Collingwood is this trusted eatery and coffee house owned by champion barista Nolan Hirte, previously of Liar Liar in Hawthorn.
Standout dishes include a combination of poached eggs, spinach and crispy bacon on a bed of rustic potato hash, served with bagna cauda- a creamy sauce of olive oil, garlic and anchovies. Or you can’t go wrong with the delectable ricotta hotcakes.
But of course Proud Mary’s biggest drawcard is its vast selection of coffee blends from around the world, including a variety of blends and single origins- enough to satisfy even the fussiest of coffee snobs. It really is all about the coffee here and it’s impressive, and if not your latte then what it comes out of- a six-group custom-made Synesso espresso machine, Hirte’s piece de resistance.
Granted, you should be willing to potentially share your table with a family of four and the ambience is somewhat cosy, but by the end of the long wait most will just be grateful to have a table at all, and the demand for a table every weekend is a testament its very success.
Exposed brick walls, high ceilings and wood tables give the place a cool, slick feel. As do the trendy hipster staff, who are not just cordial but wonderful and extremely competent amongst all the chaos. A definite for your next Breakfast Club meeting.
(Image courtesy of coffeeandchairs.com)