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Proud Sprout

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The newest kid on the Gertrude and Smith Street junction has proudly sprouted and its Sri Lankan and Nepalese brunch vibes are generating some serious buzz. Milk Bar Mag was excited to check out the latest eatery. Once there, it was clear Proud Sprout Cafe means business with its sleek aesthetic, polished service and an irresistible menu. 

The immaculate fifty-seat establishment includes a backyard outdoor space for the warmer months and is the brainchild of charismatic husband–wife duo Karishma and Waseem. Both decided to introduce all the delicious flavours and aromas of their respective childhood upbringing in Nepal and Sri Lanka. When asked about the inspiration behind the name, Karishma remarks that ‘every sprout has its own unique journey’. Marking their second restaurant endeavour – their first being Little Temper in Hawthorn – both are proud of their heritage and personal stories, and of course, their passion for food. 

Karishma’s warm and welcoming energy engulfs you on entry and did not waver as we were seated in a booth. Canvassing the menu, two clear winners emerge: the pulled beef brisket benedict and the rikshawala. The rikshawala is especially exotic, a small pan full of cumin cauliflower, sujuk, potatoes and topped with two fried eggs, chilli yoghurt and served with roti paratha. The brisket? Well yes, it’s amazing. The slow cooked beef simply melts in your mouth. Their coffee of choice is Padre – a great choice indeed – and for those after more spice, Proud Sprout serves up a mean chai and tumeric latte. 

The clean white walls, gorgeous light fittings and appropriately placed greenery makes Proud Sprout one cafe to keep in mind. Enjoy! 

Proud Sprout 
76 Smith Street, Collingwood
Open Tuesday to Sunday, Tuesday to Friday, 7am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 4pm

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