After a week or so of panic, when I thought my beloved hop-across-the-road café had disappeared, Hummingbird Café returns as Proud Mary’s – the same cheery service with a revamped interior and pimped up menu.
The classics are still there, including the full breakfast (£9.5), their house-made granola (£6) and the bright and nutritious Avocado Breakfast (£7.5). But there are some new kids in town. Proud Mary’s has poached their sister deli’s masterful smashed avo on toast with grilled halloumi or bacon (£7/8). And the café has created its own take on a French Croque Madame – the Croque Mary (£8.5) – using woody mushrooms, caramelised onions and Aussie fave: Marmite toasted in slices of brioche and topped with a sunny-side up egg.
Some more elegant dishes have joined the menu too, like wild mushrooms sautéed with fragrant thyme and layered onto a wedge of crispy Parmesan polenta with crème fraîche and pea shoots (£8.5).
Proud Mary’s is still an Antipodean joint, but it’s taken a tour around the globe. All the way from the US of A, try the smokey Boston Bakes Beans (£7) with pancetta and yoghurt to lighten things up. The Coconut Loaf (£6), served with a lime yoghurt and berry compote, conjures visions of the tropics.And Baked Eggs with tomatoes and sumac (£9.5) transforms the humble egg into a Middle Easters masterpiece.
What may be the greatest new addition to the menu is the brunch cocktails (all £6). They’d give any expert mixologist a run for their money. Combining unusual flavours, they bring that special something to your usual weekend brunch. What a genius idea to add a fizz of Berocca to the passionfruit mimosa – sure to help you beat those hangover blues. Or for lovers of gin, theres a springtime strawberry soda with a twist of black pepper to bring out the flavours.
1c Oaklands Grove
T: 0208 834 4884
Open everyday 7:30am-17:00pm
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