House-hunting is the worst. As much as I enjoy snooping around other people’s homes, repeatedly leaving work early or waking up at 8am on a Saturday morning gets a little tiresome.
Tuesday’s (unsuccessful) house viewing was made a little brighter as it brought us right near Proud Mary at lunchtime. One of Collingwood’s most beloved cafes it’s been on my list since I moved to Melbourne but the prospect of staggeringly long queues on weekends had put me off.
Fortunately weekdays are a little quieter and we were able to be seated right away. Proud Mary is known for its coffee and they gave us a filter menu along with a food menu. I stuck to my ‘no caffeine after noon’ rule but my housemates espresso and flat white both got thumbs up. For food Housemate No#1 ordered the pork/beef meatball wrap from the sandwich cabinet which looked pretty darn good. Lots of tomato sauce.
I had my usual poached eggs with avocado alongside a huge side of mushrooms and sauteed kale. As I had expected it was all delicious – the mushrooms weren’t overly oily or salted, the avocado nice and mushy and the kale was even a little crispy. For drinks I ordered the ‘nice pear’ juice, a refreshing mix of apple, pear, mint and lime.
For larger meals the prices are on the upper end of the $20 mark but for the quality and quantity of food it’s worth the splurge. If you’re feeling a little thrifty there are daily lunch sandwich/wrap specials as well as tasty looking cakes.
If you’re looking for somewhere to take parents or visitors and show them one of Melbourne’s best cafes you can’t go wrong with Proud Mary.
172 Oxford St