The Paramount Coffee Project (PCP) is the new kid on the Surry Hills scene run by Russell Beard from Reuben Hills and Mark Dundon from Melbourne’s Seven Seeds. It’s been opened for several weeks only and already my instagram feed has been flooded with food/coffee photos from PCP and there’s already several blog post write ups.
It’s location is within the Paramount Pictures Building on Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills.
It has that warehouse feel with lots of open space. It’s definitely about the modern experience and atmosphere.
Cap & Flat White – $4 each
My BFF and I are no coffee connoisseurs so we go for regular coffee (how boring). They do have filter coffee with V60, Reuben Hills, Mecca, Small Batch & Seven Seeds varieties available. We weren’t sure what beans our coffees were made of but whatever it was, it was fantastic. The aroma had us hooked.
Dulce De Leche Milkshake $8
We must be thirsty because we order a milkshake to share as well! Using old school 7/11 reusable cups, we get our dulce de leche milkshake. The smooth caramel taste really shone through without being overly sweet. We savour every sip not wanting the cup to empty out.
Philly Cheese Steak $15 with McClures Potato Crisps & Dill Pickles $3
Slices of Ranger Valley beef with melted gruyere, dill pickles, ketchup and aioli is served on buttered and lightly toasted sourdough. We order the extra side of potato crisps and dill pickles.
At first glance it wasn’t quite the philly cheese steak I was expecting. I always go back to the version I had in San Francisco at a NFL game as seen here.
The beef was cooked slightly pink and was a joy to bite through. It paired well with the gruyere cheese and mix of aioli & ketchup. The slaw gave a nice refreshing crunch. Regardless of what it looked like, it was one hell of a tasty sandwich!
Crab Po Boy $18
This is the reason for my visit as I’ve been bombarded with pictures of this bad boy on my instagram feed!
A toasted milk bun is generously filled with perfectly deep fried & crisp plump soft shell crabs (yes plural) , sitting on a bed of creamy & crunch house slaw with a tangy ranch. I have one word for this burger: sensational.
It may look like a heavy burger, but it was everything but that. It went down a treat in no time! The flavours were well balanced even with a variety of texture – crunch from the slaw and batter of the soft shell crab with the bun and flesh of the crab being soft and sweet. Too good.
During Sunday lunch service PCP was rather busy. There was about a 20 minute wait for a table with people waiting inside and out the building and probably another 20 minutes + for food. The BFF and I didn’t mind as we were admiring the new setting and building up our appetites anyways. We did get squeezed onto a long sharing table with very minimal space but we figured that was to make use of table space and to try to cater for everyone.
Paramount Coffee Project is definitely the talk of the town and it’s evident why. We welcome PCP with open arms and thank them for providing such amazing food and coffee.
The Paramount Coffee Project
80 Commonwealth St
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Tel: +61 410 311 494