Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans - John Lennon
Published July 8th 2014
Is this your new favourite cafe for brunch?
With weekend just around the corner, it's time to plan for that next brunch! Who doesn't enjoy sleeping in on the weekend and waking up to a relaxing scrumptious brunch? Well then, do I have a recommendation for you!
I like to call Paramount Coffee Project the new kid on the block. Although it opened around August / September last year, this place is only just starting to gain popularity, so there won't be a ridiculous one-hour wait like at some other brunch places. But you never know when that day will come, so go visit early!
PCP doesn't have its own website yet, so here is a photo of the menu to entice your tastebud (note: menu may have changed).
PCP is located on 80 Commonwealth St at Surry Hills, just a short 15-min stroll from Central Station. When you first walk in, you will notice this rather bright looking, spacious and airy hipster cafe.
PCP is really cool because it is not just a cafe. It also operates a cinema downstairs, a bar (where you can have pre-movie drinks) and a quirky shop! The cinema has screening every Tuesday to Sunday, showing old and new movies with tickets priced at $20 (a little pricey but I guess it's something different from your usual big cinema chains).
PCP has an interesting selection of milkshakes: Jaffa, Jam Donut, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Dulce de Leche, Vanilla Malt and Schnickers (not too sure what this one is). I ordered the Peanut Butter & Jelly milkshake, and boy was I glad - it was one hell of an amazing milkshake!
Service was prompt with food arriving on our table in about 15 mins, and the staff was polite and equipped with a sense of humour.
Now ladies and gentleman, I present to you the Coca Cola Ox Cheek Waffle ($19) with a side of Hush Puppies ($5), which is apparently fried polenta. The dish has corn & tomato salsa, horse radish mayo & coriander - very fusion flavours.
The waffle itself was one of the best waffles I have had in a long time! Combined it with the mayo and it was perfection! The ox cheek had a subtle hint of coca cola, although it could just be a placebo effect from the name. The coriander added a hint of Asian flavour, and if you are wondering whether the dish was weird at all... no it was frigging awesome!
However, nothing beats Elvis in Cuba ($19). This dish is full of familiar Asian flavours, with its succulent pork cuts, topped with kimchi, bacon, a dash of kewpie, swiss cheese, and onion rings (although there was really only one ring) - all on a toast! Best dish of the day.
There are so many other dishes I want to try here, such as the Sticky Chicken, Ugly Dog, and Sweet Waffle! Some dishes definitely have interesting names...
However, I would not really recommend the Crab Po Boy ($19). I agree with other reviews that it wasn't that great and definitely not good value for money, with merely a soft shell crab in between two buns with some house slaw and ranch sauce.
Nevertheless, PCP has one of the best cafe food I have eaten in a while. It is not common to find flawless cafe food, with interesting and modern flavours. Anyone who is interested in something different than your usual Big Breakfast should really give this place a go!