Project 41, sitting high on O’Connell Terrace, packs a clutch of killer apps: an immaculate Victoria Arduino coffee machine and a duo of accompanying grinders chewing through beans from Flying West and Padre, two of the Sunshine Coast's best roasteries. That’s how serious co-owner Kieran Westlake is about his coffee.
Westlake’s business partner Stefan Blee is equally serious about food. Breakfast is coconut, date and almond muesli sitting next to smashed avocado and feta on toast. Lunch features an imaginative selection of salads, jaffles and slow-cooked meats: try a 14 hour barbeque brisket sub, or a lentil and feta salad with rocket, beetroot and hazelnuts.
The space itself is bright and airy. It’s fitted with rare pine, white tiles and caesar stone, with a neat selection of succulents scattered about the place. The prime position is at the open bay windows looking onto O’Connell Terrace and the exhibition grounds beyond. The only embellishment is a vivid spray painted portrait that watches over the morning commuters and caffeine jackers – they come curious and leave converted.