I must admit, I am loving the hunt for a good cup of coffee these days. Having made arrangements to meet a friend at Proud Mary, I woke up feeling pretty excited about my visit to this auspicious North Melbourne cafe today.
After a sweat-filled workout session in the gym this morning, I was feeling ready for lunch and a good strong coffee.
I just needed to do a couple of chores before catching the tram and arriving at Proud Mary just before one o'clock. It was already buzzing, but I managed to grab a seat by the window whilst a friendly waitress took my order for a skinny latte.
The menu here is split into breakfast and lunch options, which I perused over with much anticipation and rumbling tummy. Drinking my lovely latte - it was smooth, strong, but not so much so, and it went down a real treat.
My friend arrived just after I finished my latte, whilst at the same time, a table was being vacated which we grabbed. We ordered the pork belly toasted sandwich ($15.50) to share.
It came with a lovely rocket salad on the side. Apologies for the partially eaten sandwich in the photo. I was simply too hungry to remember to take the 'picture perfect' sandwich before digging in. It was mmm, so utterly yummy, the pork simply melted off the fat (which I cut off) and the paprika aioli was the perfect accompaniment. All in all, a yummy-licious, lip smacker of sandwich.
I finished off my lunch with another coffee - a skinny flat white. It came in a gorgeous retro blue coffee cup and saucer. Retro blue and white being the colours of the salt and pepper shakers too! In fact, there is a rather retro feel to this place which I love.
Anyhow, back to the coffee, I loved my flat white just as much as the latte. I think the coffee here is pretty darn good, if not great!
Service is friendly and attentive here, which is always a bonus in my books. And a definite thumbs up in terms of how I view a place. Although not quite as funky and grungy as Auction Rooms or St. Ali in décor, Proud Mary is certainly worth seeking out for their food and their great coffee.
172 Oxford Street (cnr Stanley St), Collingwood, VIC 3066
Tel: +61 (0)3 9417 5930
Sat-Sun: Sun: 8am-4pm