Known for working directly with coffee farmers, Melbourne-based coffee roaster Proud Mary has chosen Portland for its first location outside of Australia — and it could open within the next week. The roaster has shared its food menu, designed by Chef Barney Hannegan, with Eater, and it reveals the cafe is importing many of Melbourne’s most iconic dishes. Melbourne is an elite, global coffee town, so this meeting of Portlander and Aussie palates should be interesting.
In Melbourne, Proud Mary Cafe is known for following an ethos similar to Pacific Northwest kitchens: working with local farms to serve refreshing plates. Offering breakfast, brunch, and lunch, the Portland cafe menu ranges from classic mueslis to more modern options, like breakfast sashimi, featuring a seasonal, sashimi-grade fish with a fennel salad and egg yolk, and a plate called the “PDX Kiss,” a Moroccan-style grilled ox tongue with hummus, dates, green almond, molasses, and zatar.
One of the first things to try is undoubtable the avocado toast, just to see how it’s done in Melbourne, where the dish was trending years before it became a thing the States. The avocado is marinated in lemon and served on dark-toasted, sprouted-grain sourdough with sprouted almonds, a salad of shaved green tomato, kelp sea salt, and dried tomato flakes.
Proud Mary Portland is poised to open at 2012 NE Alberta St., and when it does, it’ll operate Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 2700-square-foot venue seats 80 and is owned by Proud Mary founder Nolan Hirte and his wife, Shari.