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Published July 21st 2014
Like a flower that grew out of a pot of dirt
Stopping for lunch in Albury on a roadtrip from Sydney to Melbourne one blistery cold Sunday, my mum and I found ourselves at The Proprietor. Surprised to find a hipster café in a country town, The Proprietor is the Simpson-esque flower growing out of a pot of dirt.
Bright flowers in brown glass bottles for the standard hipster table decoration.
The staff are incredibly friendly, and all produce is locally sourced. To round out the top three things that are great about this little hole in the wall is the coffee: delicious, but most importantly, they don't charge extra for soy milk – even when it's Bonsoy.
Bonsoy latte on the left, regular cappuccino on the right.
Mum ordered the Pork Schnitzel sandwich with cabbage, mayonnaise & chilli jam. The schnitzel was moist yet crispy, and the chilli jam had a nice kick to it. Handcrafted on the house made sourdough, the portions were large and delicious.
I ordered the Ricotta Gnocchi & Broccoli with fried bread, local butter, sesame seeds, almonds and herbs. Although it started off tasting delicious, the flavours became a bit 'much-of-a-muchness', and that 'muchness' was burnt and crispy broccoli swimming in oil. It unfortunately repeated on me all four hours to Melbourne.
Ricotta Gnocchi & Broccoli
The décor is very much on-trend: hanging light bulbs, brown glass flower bottles, subway station tiles and succulents. The pink Himalayan salt came in an open ramekin, which puts me off using it – people touching it with their grubby fingers and sneezing on it, no thank you.
The Proprietor was packed for a late Sunday lunch, and even though I've mentioned a few minor irritations, I would definitely stop there again for lunch the next time I'm on a road trip. The rest of the menu looks delicious, and I don't really eat that much salt, anyway.