172 Oxford Street Collingwood, Victoria 306603 9417 5930
|Opening hours||Mon-Fri 7am-4pm,Sat-Sun 8am-4pm|
|Prices||Moderate (mains $20-$40)|
|Payments||eftpos, AMEX, Mastercard, Visa|
Proud Mary (n.) Melbourne slang for always-rocking warehouse cafe with a menu that covers the bases from fig-and-apricot toast or ricotta hotcakes with sticky pears and rosewater mascarpone to wild mushroom pasta with tarragon veloute and truffle oil. Potato hash is a roesti-like rectangle of noodly potato shreds topped with wilted spinach and grilled bacon, a poached egg swimming in anchovy-tinged bagna cauda on the side; while sandwiches featuring slow-roasted lamb with beetroot relish or paprika-smoky pork belly will leave you with a grease-smeared grin. Staff are sassy as they come, and the coffee menu is a changing roster of global gems.