Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The Paramount Coffee Project, Surry Hills - Sydney

Describe your kind of awesome breakfast.
Paramount Coffee Project's crab po boy (and French toast brioche on the background)

For me, THIS is it.

Paramount Coffee Project is a great place to get your most important meal of the day. For the fact that it opens at 8 a.m., and adding all the good reviews about it, it was almost impossible for me not to pay them a visit while I was around the area.


While the exterior is quite eye-catching itself, the interior is even more charming. The place is very spacious, bright, and has this fun and relaxing vibe.

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I really don't know how to describe this place exactly. It's almost like elegance meets randomness. There are disparities between the shapes and setting of the seats; there were some communal tables, small couple tables, window seats, and a table where you can see the barista doing his cool moves.

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Window seats

The table pieces are placed appropriately, and I also noticed that they share the space with a bicycle gallery. Basically, everything looks cool here.

The Barista, the menu, and the table

We started our breezy morning with a cup of great mocha. It was smooth, adequately chocolatey and sweet, even for me.

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Mocha - $4

It was a nice wake-up slap on my face that morning, I reckon.

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There were some interesting items on the menu that we would like to try, but we finally settled on one savoury and one sweet options.

For the savoury, obviously, was the infamous and much-raved crab po boy. The glistening brown milk bun was sandwiching two relatively large fried soft shell crab, with a bed of house-made slaw and dripping ranch dressing.

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Crab po boy (soft shell crab, house slaw, ranch dressing, milk bun) - $18

Before I go through the compliments, I just need to make a suggestion. The slaw was a bit on the bitter side, a bit too bitter for my palate, so unfortunately I had to push them aside to the edge of the plate. One of the friendly staffs apparently noticed that, and she promised to convey this message to the kitchen. Talk about a great service!

Apart from that, the crab po boy was all sort of awesome.

The milk bun was sweet and fluffy. The soft shell crab was crunchy, creamy, and tasty. The ranch dressing had hints of tang, sweetness, creaminess, and a bit of bitterness (from the slaw). Combined, they swept me off my feet. Probably the best $18 I have ever spent.

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Look at the crab!

Then, we moved on to our sweet breakfast choice: French toast brioche, which was served with banana custard, blueberries, chocolate dirt, and pistachio.

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French toast brioche (with banana custard, blueberries, chocolate dirt, and pistachios) - $14

It probably doesn't look as the neatest dessert item ever, but the smell of it woke each one of my senses.

The combination worked gorgeously, and the banana custard was probably the best part of it. It gave the brioche some sweet and fragrant moisture, and we also loved the juicy blueberries. We scraped the plate clean.

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French toast brioche

I hope those descriptions are enough to drag you to this great place. I reckon it's suitable for breakfast, brunch, or just any hang-outs that you are planning to have. And do me a favor, do not skip the crab po boy (unless you hate crab or have an allergy, of course).

Currency: $1 = IDR 10,700

Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Lovely menu selections (the crab po boy, despite the bitter slaw, is awesome) and great coffee, great service, relatively expensive but worth it, cool interior setting and comfortable ambiance.



80 Commonwealth St
Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 9211 1122

Facebook: Paramount Coffee Project

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  1. I can kind of see where you're coming with the slaw, but I thought eaten with the bun the bitterness was subsided! but yes, that soft shell crab po boy is all sorts of amazing. their salted caramel shake (or dulce le leche) is very much out of this world tooooo!

    1. It did subside, but still just a wee bit too much for me.
      I will try the salted caramel shake next time, thanks Tina! :D

  2. I like the slaw. not everything has to be coated in sweetish coleslaw and they made it so that its not salad 101. dig PCP heaps. Awesome venue

    1. Hi Bob, it's good to know that the bitterness doesn't bother you. And yes, it is an awesome venue.
      Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Yeah man! That crab po boy is totes awesome. Try the philly cheesesteak sambo next! I will try the French toast next time.

    1. I will! Keep the recommendations coming! :D

  4. I want to check this place out, it looks amazing!

    1. It is amazing.
      Thanks for dropping by! :D

  5. elegance meets randomness. TOTALLY! yep. I'm still not impressed with the place so just waiting on my repeated visit the next time. hopefully it will knock my socks off.

    1. Oh no, sorry to hear that. Hopefully it'll gain your thumbs up on the next visit!
      Thanks for dropping by, Sihan! :D

  6. that is one, sick looking crab burger :O wish we have one here!

    1. I know, right.
      I think there will be something like this soon in Jakarta. It seems everything is hyped now there :)

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    1. Err.....OK, Hans. Go for it. LOL!
      Thanks for dropping by, Hans! :D

  8. That burger.. OH GOSH! Come to papaaa... :D

    1. Hi, Jie! It's an honor to have you dropping by here :)
      The burger is indeed very delicious!
      Thanks for your comment :)


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