Paramount Coffee Project – 80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills. https://www.facebook.com/theparamountcoffeeproject
As a sister cafe of the much hyped Reuben Hills, Paramount Coffee Project comes with high expectations for its patrons. If the promise of rotating coffee roasts from around the world is not enough, then the extensive American influenced food and drink offering should be an easy draw. The beautifully designed, light-filled space is just the cherry on top.
While there’s almost always a guaranteed queue of people waiting to get in on weekends, the great thing about the PCP is that you can put your name down and wander inside to the back to browse through the Tokyo Bike pop up and the pop up art gallery. Before you know it, it’s been 20 minutes and your table is ready.
What we ate & drank:
- Smoked trout buckwheat porridge – kombu, quail egg, court-bouillon ($15): really interesting combination of the buckwheat porridge with the trout – works really well! Portion size was also perfect, meaning you wouldn’t feel overly full on this
- Baked eggs – chorizo, cannelini beans, toast ($17): baked eggs were spot on, as you would expect from an institution backed by Reuben Hills
- Popcorn prawn salad – radiccio, endive, thai basil, celery, marmalade ranch dressing ($16): very fresh and quite light despite the popcorn prawns
- Cronut – w chocolate glaze ($5): this was really special – the ‘croissant’ part of the cronut was super light and fluffy and the chocolate graze and filling made it really special. Dish of the day
- Caramel popcorn milkshake ($8): this was really something! Our party was initially hesitant about this due to the popcorn, but it actually worked really well – the caramel and popcorn was blended really well in the milkshake, with the popcorn topping adding some nice texture. Also a highlight of our meal!
- Hot chocolate w almond milk ($4): the almond milk provided a really nice variation on a traditional hot chocolate
- Latte w almond milk ($4): for those who usually have soy milk with their coffee, you may be disappointed to find that the PCP does not provide soy. The almond milk is a nice substitute.
the verdict: 8/10 – the coffee and the artistic space puts the Paramount Coffee Project on the map
don’t forget to order: the cronut and the caramel popcorn milkshake
to try next time: crab po boy – soft shell crab, house slaw, ranch sauce on a milk bun. would love to try this NOLA inspired dish on another day when i can come armed with a bigger appetite