What’s not to like about a venue that houses a cafe, Italian restaurant, grillhouse and bar in the midst of one of Sydney’s most bustling business hubs? Located next to the Adina Apartment hotel and a very short haul from Sydney airport, Project Cafe, Bar & Grill is custom made for the city’s jet and commuter set. Yet it’s also a family-friendly place for Mascot residents to seek out fine food and drink, equipped with an artisan bakery and expert baristas for a simple coffee stop and a kitchen that turns out incredible modern Australian cuisine with a strong Italian influence. An advance booking for this Bourke Road hotspot is recommended.
Breakfast in Mascot has never been better since Project Cafe, Bar & Grill set up shop, getting the ovens fired up early to turn out fresh breads and pastries on a daily basis. Coupled with proper Italian espresso and coffee-making expertise, Project’s Bourke Road premises are popular for Adina Apartment Hotel guests and locals’ early morning wake up call. We love the chef’s specialty Sicilian baked eggs, and recommend that later starters opt for the fantastic zucchini fritters over on the brunch menu. Match a selected breakfast dish with a smoothie on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday for one of the most complete breakfasts in Sydney.
Lunch at Project Cafe, Bar & Grill ramps up the specifically Italian options, with antipasto boards for two or four people, entrees like the South Australian crispy-fried calamari with a house-made peperoncini mayonnaise and octopus tentacles with lemon mousse, potatoes, cherry tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. There are signature main courses, wood-fired pizzas, fresh pasta dishes and grilled seafood and steaks aplenty, too. Dinner introduces a classically structured Italian menu to this Mascot restaurant’s repertoire, with the highlights being the grilled dishes. Grab a Ranger Valley Wagyu Scotch fillet steak with a lemongrass-infused creamy potato mash, or the Ranger Valley Angus ribeye with caponatina, Cone Bay barramundi with seasonal vegetables or Tasmania Petuna salmon for a lavish meal in Sydney city’s southern reaches.
Pre-ordered food, it was all ready within 15 minutes of us arriving, this was a work lunch so the efficient timing was great. In terms of service, no-one came to see if we wanted drinks, we had table water. Also in this day and age, not having the ability to do split bills. If it weren't for those 2 things would have given 6/6.
Food was good staff good which reversed my earlier opinion of last year when I was bitterly disappointed. At that time they had no chef and ran out of on tap beer. As I mentioned a complete turn around, food good beer aplenty and staff good.
Food is good but service is slow and forgetful. Understandably it's Christmas however the restaurant wasn't full and there were many staff so they should be still on point regardless of how many customers they have at once.
Caprese salad was missing something and had dried basil as well, found this a little strange. Friend had salad and enjoyed this, he's Italian too.
A little bit over priced for lunch. The food and service was very average, waiter did not come back to see if we wanted coffee and or desert.