Proud Mary, Collingwood
A friend at work hounded me to visit Proud Mary as I had no excuses since I only live one street over. I’m glad I made it along! The coffee from the beans is pretty tops, and my friend from work who makes coffee proper and has an Italian passport swears by them. Of the two times I’ve made it into the cafe (without them telling me it’s about to close) service has been a bit weird and you have to go in all waving-arms-man to get someone to attend to you. Once bottoms are down, it’s all good from there.
On my maiden visit I couldn’t go past the potato hash with bacon, poached eggs, broccolini and bagna cauda. The latter is basically an anchovy sauce. It was a really good hash with the right notes of crispiness and the bacon was great. Super filling. I did find the anchovy sauce thing a bit too overpowering, it ended making the dish a bit more saltier than I would have liked. Eggs were a bit token. I still thought it was an exciting and worthwhile twist on breakfast.
I hustled some friends to return with me and I went for the lighter avocado, seed, hummus, toast option on my second trip. This was good with a satisfactory amount of food without feeling too full or greasy afterwards. Bean salad was crunchy and zesty and made for an ideal meat-free way to start the day.