Date visited: 6th December 2012
Visiting Proud Mary today reminds me of how much I love and yet, have not done breakfast/ brunch in such a long time. It also reminds me that this blog was initially a breakfast blog which has now evolved into who knows what... another superfluous food blog that Melbourne doesn't need. Oh well.
Proud Mary was announced as Melbourne's best cafe by The Age Good Cafe Guide 2012. Known for its coffee and all day breakfast including a smaller selection of lunch offerings, Proud Mary has been on my wishlist for some time now.
The cafe itself was quite easy to find on Oxford Street. It was already bustling with activity when we arrived - we were greeted at the door by a friendly waiter and shown to two seats at the counter facing outside. Yay for sunlight photo-wise, but boo for backlighting! @_@
|Menu on wall|
We both wanted to try their infamous Ricotta Hotcakes. MerlinFan, ever the evil sweet tooth, tried to pull her usual MerlinFan fast one on me this morning. Usually, our brunch trips go a bit like this. Example:
MerlinFan: What's good there?
Me: Ricotta Hotcakes.
MerlinFan: What are you having?
Me: Ricotta Hotcakes. What are you having?
MerlinFan: Ricotta Hotcakes. We can either share or both order ricotta hotcakes because I don't want anything else (she's pulled this a number of times now on a sweet brekkie, knowing that I usually back down and order something else for the sake of having two dishes to review for my blog)
Today I absolutely refused to budge and in the end, MerlinFan decided to choose a savoury to share. We'd heard the Crisp Pork Belly Sandwich was good, but we'd been having roast pork the last two nights, so MerlinFan chose the Slow-cooked Lamb Sandwich instead. It was a good thing she caved, for the evil sweet tooth thought the sandwich was great. The tangy beetroot relish and the herb yoghurt was a winning combination with the tender, flavoursome lamb. The bread was beautifully toasted till golden brown and gave that coveted, most satisfying crunch upon biting into it. MerlinFan said the dish would be made perfection if it had chips on the side. >:D
|Slow cooked Lamb Sandwich $15|
|Ricotta Hotcakes $16.50|
|Sunlight reflected in the pool of syrup|
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