Ah Proud Mary, it was one of the first hipster cafes that I ever stepped inside, back when bricke wall and warehouse-esque space was still a rarity. It also does one of my favourite coffees in Melbourne, so I was keen to visit the place again when a friend wanted to catch up around the Fitzroy area.
This cup of coffee reached all my expectations. Earthy, complex, with the perfect amount of acidity and bitterness, it sure went down a treat.
Wanting to walk further down memory lane, I ordered the classic dish at Proud Mary, the potato hash. The name of the dish is deceptively simple, and other than the titular potato hash, there was some smoked shoulder bacon, crispy as ever; poached eggs, because hello, what’s a classic brunch dish without some perfectly cooked eggs; baby kale salad to make you feel good about your breakfast of choice, and bagna cauda, a sauce made of anchovies, and takes the otherwise good dish to a whole other level. Every element was in harmony, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
My friend ordered an older rendition of the omelette, which is no longer on the menu, but has been replaced by an enticing sounding crab and potato omelette instead. Anyway, the omelette had the perfect amount of runniness, and beside thinking that the offering of butter was a bit strange, my friend only had positive things to say about what seemed to be quite a normal dish.
There’s a reason why Proud Mary is able to keep its place amongst many of its newer competitors, and that’s the combination of excellent coffee, classic brunch dishes with a twist, and a somewhat aloof service that is nevertheless friendly enough, to remind you that hey, we are still in the heart of hipster town.
After just having another quick look at their updated menu, I’ve got my eyes set on some new things to try, although it’ll be hard to steer away from the potato hash. Guess I’ll just have to talk my dining companions into sharing next time hey.
How to get here:
Proud Mary is located on Oxford Street, catch tram #86 towards Bundoora RMIT from Parliament station and get off at Hodgson St/Smith St, and Proud Mary is two minutes walk away.