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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Project 8 Cafe, Ultimo

eggs project 8 cafe ultimo

In a city that feels increasingly over-run with food and drink franchises, Project 8 is a breath of fresh [caffeinated] air. It's a hip but slouchy kind of cafe - a mix of good coffee, cool music and an affordable snacks menu making it a popular hangout for local university students.

Free range eggs with avocado and tomato on toasted sourdough, for example, will only set you back $7.50. It includes two fried free range eggs draped over thick slices of avocado and tomato on toast.

project 8 cafe ultimo
Cooking on the sandwich press

Eating during rush hour can result in a wait for your food. It all makes sense when you peer into the open kitchen - all the cooking appears to take place on two sandwich presses, a feat that is both impressive and quirky enough to charm.

Crack go the eggs, sizzle goes the bacon, as staff tend to the makeshift hotplates with casual aplomb. It's just like a uni student's bachelor pad - no wonder the kids here feel right at home.

cappuccino coffee project 8 cafe ultimo
Cappuccino $3.50

The coffee is taken seriously, brewed from a house-roasted blend that is rich and smooth.

vegetarian sandwich project 8 cafe ultimo
Vegetarian sandwich $8.50

The menu is divided into sections, each using a play on words with the number eight. Breakfast items come under Initi8, a selection that includes a bacon and egg roll ($6), the tempting offer of Weet Bix or cornflakes with milk or hot chocolate ($4.50), and their popular hot pot of baby spinach, feta cheese and chorizo in napoli sauce with toast ($12).

Drinks come under Invigor8, salads under Regener8 and Lunch promises to Elev8. I'm disappointed that they've run out of their famous Project 8 Tuna Spread on the day we dine, a mix of tuna with sweet corn and chilli on two slices of toast for only $6.

ham sandwich project 8 cafe ultimo
Free range smoked ham sandwich $8.50

There are plenty of other options to keep us satisfied. The vegetarian sandwich arrives on a wooden board, stacked with roasted capsicum, grilled eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese and balsamic dressing.

The free range smoked ham sandwich is another perky number, spread generously with horseradish Dijon and slapped together with slices of Swiss cheese and green lettuce leaves.

chicken burger project 8 cafe ultimo
Project 8 chicken burger $10

We can smell the chicken on the hot plate as it caramelises to a satisfying char. The Project 8 chicken burger is simple but tasty, the juicy chicken fillet pepped up with aioli, cheese, grilled vegetable relish, slivers of Spanish onion and salad leaves.

It's not all coffee. There's a good selection of organic teas (Earl Grey blueflower, green silver jasmine, Ceylon orange pekoe and chai), and they also make milkshakes ($4), fresh juices, smoothies and frappes (all $4.50).

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Project 8 Cafe
137 Broadway, Ultimo, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9280 3216

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 7am-5pm

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 11/24/2011 12:37:00 am


  • At 11/24/2011 9:05 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    sizzle goes the bacon! oh how i love bacon!

  • At 11/24/2011 10:44 am, Blogger joey@forkingaroundsydney said…

    Ooo, I love slouchy chillaxed cafes!

  • At 11/24/2011 12:32 pm, Anonymous Jenny said…

    Oh I am so glad this cafe has finally opened. I was wondering what the menu was like. The sandwiches look yummy.

  • At 11/24/2011 1:06 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    The cafe looks so cute and I guess I now have even more incentive to bring in a sandwich presser to work.

  • At 11/24/2011 1:18 pm, Anonymous Sara - Belly Rumbles said…

    Does look very chillaxed and the prices are great. Three cheers to the hard working sandwich presses.

  • At 11/24/2011 2:26 pm, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Weetbix with hot chocolate! All they need to add is peanut butter and that's almost my regular breakfast :P

  • At 11/24/2011 2:40 pm, Anonymous Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan said…

    Looks like a good place for students to hang out

  • At 11/24/2011 3:22 pm, Blogger L said…

    Oh, that's a pretty cool place near uni that's not a Gloria Jeans. XD Might try it out on Saturday before exam. XDD

  • At 11/24/2011 11:14 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    You had me at eggs with avocado and tomato - delicious. I agree with you about the problem of chain coffee places.

  • At 11/25/2011 8:34 am, Anonymous T said…

    talk about cafes with good coffee and great food, there is new cafe called Not Just Coffee opening in Paddington this saturday. I've walked past a few times and it looks pretty awesome. check it out guys! :)

  • At 11/25/2011 8:49 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was wondering about the origin of the name. Is it all sandwiches or do they have big brekkies and that sort of stuff as well?

  • At 11/25/2011 1:42 pm, Anonymous betty said…

    i like this cafe :)

  • At 11/26/2011 12:00 am, Anonymous Sophie said…

    Definately looks very chill.. Love to try them out when I get back to uni next semester.

  • At 11/26/2011 6:14 am, Anonymous Amy @ Eggies said…

    I want to try the Project 8 chicken burger, it looks so delicious. Cappucchino is my favorite thing to have in the morning since i was a kid growing up in an italian family. Great photos!

  • At 11/26/2011 2:02 pm, Blogger Debbzie Leksono said…

    YUM ! drooling now :p

  • At 11/27/2011 6:31 pm, Anonymous Matt said…

    Simple honest food... I like :)

  • At 11/28/2011 8:28 pm, Anonymous Ayden @ Himalayan Salt said…

    My kinda place :)

  • At 11/29/2011 9:31 am, Anonymous Andrew@Project8Cafe.com.au said…

    Thanks for all the great reviews everyone.

    I'm currently in the process of rolling out a new website for the café! Give it a go: http://Project8Cafe.com.au -- In the future we will be offering discounts exclusive through the "Club 8" section of the user menu on the site. So please register -- Also don't forget to connect with us on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/Project8Cafe and Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/project8cafe


    Andrew Youngs
    Project 8 Café
    Tech Manager

  • At 2/23/2014 7:18 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    YAYYY! now I feel like visiting this cafe <3

    looks very relaxed plus the bacon and egg sandwich sounds great! :D


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