How’s it going cafe lovers?
Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! After hearing about Proud Mary’s a few years ago from a friend of mine, I finally made the trip to Collingwood to see what all the fuss was about. A few people have told me that they are always busy, so prepare to wait for a table. We got there at about 9:30am on a Saturday morning and the café was already buzzing with enthusiastic breakfast goers.
We were very lucky to find a seat and had to sit at the large shared table, as all other spots were taken. By 10 am there was already a line outside waiting for their turn to try this famous Melbourne café.
As per usual I went with my friend Beth, as we both enjoy our weekly catch ups over breakfast.
Just a heads up, you have to pay for parking in this area so make sure you have a few gold coins with you.
FOOD & DRINKS
Proud Mary has a unique menu, with unusual dishes and twists on old favourites like Indian French Toast and Black Rice Pudding. But I’m sure you’ll find a dish that you will enjoy.
The following menu photo was taken in February and might have changed since.
I ordered a latte and it was pretty good. I had heard some pretty good reviews about Proud Mary’s coffee and it did not disappoint. It has a strong flavour, and thick and creamy consistency. It was just slightly colder than it should have been, which was a bit of a disappointment.
Coffee rating: 4/5
Beth ordered the magic mocha and we were both surprised at the very generous serving size. It was at least twice the size of the average hot chocolate/coffee’s other cafés serve. She said there was a good balance between the chocolate and coffee and that neither of them over powered the other.
Mocca rating: 4/5
I ordered the Mushrooms and Parmesan toast, which was served with sautéed mushrooms, soft Parmesan pudding, poached eggs, cress and whole grain sourdough.
I thought that it looked quite beautiful when it arrived at the table. It appeared to be a very small portion, but in the end it was quite filling due to the richness of the Parmesan pudding.
I thought the Parmesan pudding was delicious! The only thing I can compare the pudding to would be a thick mousse. The Parmesan pudding is what caught my eye and I was intrigued and knew that I had to try it. But it was incredibly rich and a little does go a long way. If you have too much at once you will overpower the other elements on the plate.
I personally didn’t like how the Parmesan pudding was served on the toast. It made one side of the toast too overpowering, as it had soaked through. So I think having it on the side would be better, but that’s just me.
The eggs were cooked perfectly, as the yolks ran and mixed in with the mushrooms and the Parmesan pudding. Overall, I enjoyed this dish, but I probably wouldn’t rush back for it.
Beth ordered the black rice pudding – coconut black rice pudding, ginger cream, mango, lychee and lime salad. This isn’t a dish that I would personally pick as black rice pudding doesn’t sound overly appealing, but I’m glad that Beth picked it as its always great to have a verity of foods on my blog.
Beth thought that the combination of flavours were great and went together well. She thought that the ginger cream was delicious as it added a burst of freshness to the dish. But she does warn that it is quite strong and that a little goes a long way.
She loved the addition of the fresh mango, as the other elements on the dish were quite rich.
Overall she enjoyed the dish and thought that the coconut rice pudding was quite tasty.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
The staff members at Proud Mary’s are very polite and softly spoken, and they try their best to seat you as soon as they can. As this café is always busy (unless you get there very early on weekends) you might have to wait a while, but the wait will be worth it.
The place can get quite noisy and we struggled to hear each other some of the time. So maybe try and sit outside if it’s a nice day.
We both found that the environment wasn’t as relaxing as other cafes, as you almost feel rushed due to the number of people wanting a table.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT PROUD MARY
Address: 172 Oxford St, Collingwood, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9417 5930
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 8/10
Have you visited Proud Mary before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?
Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.
Until next time,