The Paramount Coffee Project, Surry Hills

Update: Round 3 at PCP

Just like Parma, we are returning to the Paramount Coffee Project for the third time (or maybe more…)! The action plan for Saturday was actually have lunch at PCP followed by a city bike ride, hiring bikes from Tokyo Bikes. The rental is an insanely low $20 per day and perhaps that’s why they were all rented out when we showed up at 12pm on a Sat. 😦

Good thing we can drown our sorrows in some food.

Fried chicken with watermelon - around $18
Fried chicken with watermelon – around $18

This seems to be trending at the moment: fried chicken paired with watermelon. We had it at Taste of Sydney the previous night and it was also on My Kitchen Rules.

It’s a nice combination actually and the watermelon makes us feel slightly healthier while eating fried chicken out of a special BBQ bag. It claims to keep chicken hot for 30 mins after bbqing – a theory we don’t test, because we just pour it onto the plate. It also comes with this little bowl of flakes – dried prawn flakes maybe? I’m not sure what to do with it, so I throw it all over the chicken and watermelon just in case.

Scrambled egg with bacon - around $18
Scrambled egg with bacon – around $18

The prices at PCP are actually quite high when I forget about the beautiful furniture and succulent plants. You’re pretty much guaranteed to spend $20-$25 pp here, even if you want a light lunch. D2D ordered scrambled eggs with bacon – it looks a bit small…

Peanut butter and jelly milkshake - $8
Peanut butter and jelly milkshake – $8

Onto the milkshake! We tried the jam donut last time which was really nice. Like Reuben Hills, but minus the crazy lines, the milkshakes are good. We got peanut butter and jelly this time, and some thick globs of peanut get sucked up the straw. Yum!

As usual, service is good and food is quick to come out. We’ll be back… and this time, we’ll book the bikes in advance…

Original Post: Feb 2014

Working in the City has a key advantage: most streets are lined with a variety of places to eat. The competition for cafes is stiff, butplaces seem to be filling with people no matter what. People are eating out, having business meetings or grabbing something to go. There’s also a constant popup of new places to try, given the competition is so strong.

A bit hidden along Commonwealth Street, is:

The Paramount Coffee Project

The Paramount Coffee Project
This is The Paramount Coffee Project

We first heard about PCP in TimeOut Sydney, which lauded it as the most beautiful cafe in Sydney CBD (or something along those lines). We weren’t disappointed. High ceilings, doors equally high (welcome giants!) and decked out to be spacious and modern.

The Paramount Coffee Project
Coffee scientists and magicians at work

Friday was our second time at PCP. The first time we came, we were seated here. From these bar seats, you can watch the barista performing what looks like either science or magic! A cool place to sit while waiting for your food.

Cafe counter
Behind the counter

The second time, we’re seated on the other side of the cafe (yes, it’s pretty big). We sit and dream about how we can ‘work from home’ ala ‘work from PCP’.

The menu

The menu has changed since last time we were here. We order two things and a milkshake.

Crab po boy
Crab po boy – $18

A bit expensive for a burger? Maybe, but it’s so delicious! The crab po boy is a softshell crab on super soft buns with slaw and ranch dressing.

Elvis in Cuba
Elvis in Cuba – $19

D2D orders the Elvis in Cuba, which is an Asian-y tasting stack of onion ring, kimchi, pork, kewpie and swiss cheese. You can definitely say they have some interesting things to try here!

Jam Donut Milkshake – $8

Our milkshake is the Jam Donut, which comes topped with little sprinkles! It’s amazing and on par or better than Milk Bar by Cafe Ish (Redfern)! It’s nice and thick, with finely shopped/blended strawberries. Yum!

Situated in the same beautiful place is the Golden Age Cinema, Tokyo Bike and some other little stores.

Tokyo Bike

You can buy bike supplies from here, as well as hire a bike for $20 for the whole day! I was amazed at how cheap this was, considering a hire from Centennial Park or Olympic Park is $20 per hour.

A clothes designer store
A little plant at our table

Was TimeOut Sydney right? I think so! 🙂

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