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Cafe No. 9

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by Anthea Lau (subscribe)
A sensual bon vivant who apparently has a flair for art and style. Originally from Hong Kong, studying and enjoying life in Sydney. More posts and photos at epiquemoi.blogspot.com/
Published December 30th 2011
Perhaps due to its location off the main strip, Cafe No.9 is not widely known by Sydneysiders. However, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to this tasteful bistro by a friend.

The cafe is a precious gem away from the buzz and neon lights of Kings Cross. The menu largely features typical breakfast and lunch dishes, with a European twist.

Cafe No.9


Interior


Coffee machine


Staircase in the corner

No.9 resembles the exquisite Manhattan style with a harmonious blend of Parisian flair. Despite that spaces are limited, the beautiful decor of the cafe exhibits a cosy and relaxing ambience with a touch of sophistication.

As we first stepped into the place, immediately catching my sight was the huge bronze chandelier with synthetic candles, suspended from the ceiling. Several pieces of artsy paintings were attached to the walls, which were painted in warm shades of grey. In front of us was a selection of cakes and pastries displayed nearby the cashier, and a shiny coffee machine placed on a peachy tone marble bench.

The bent staircase in the corner leads to a few more upstairs seating. Above the carpeted stairs was an extensive etched mirror with delicate patterns carved on its golden frame. Breathing in the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, we sat comfortably on the couch and prepared to order.


Ricotta pancakes with Rhubarb and Vanilla ice-cream

No.9 serves breakfast until 3pm, while lunch commences at 11:30am, hence both options were available to us. From the list we had chosen a sweet dish and savoury for the other, which was the pancake and the fishcakes respectively. In addition, the cafe provides great food within a reasonable price range.

The soft and fluffy ricotta pancakes were submerged into the fragrant maple syrup on the plate, absorbing all the sweetness and flavour. The rhubarb conserve and vanilla ice-cream served as an excellent accompaniment to the warm pancakes. Being as a commonly served breakfast food at cafes, pancakes with rhubarb is no stranger to most of us, but those at No.9 set themselves apart by having an interestingly eggy, creamy texture, yet still being light to the palate. In fact, the ending result was surprisingly impressive.


Salmon fishcakes with salad and Capsicum chutney


Salmon fishcakes - close up

The salmon fishcakes came with a refreshing salad and red capsicum chutney on the side. Regrettably the taste of tomato in the chutney had overpowered that of the capsicum. Nonetheless, the thin layer of breadcrumbs of the fishcakes were fried till golden with a perfect crisp without being oily. On the other hand, the filling encased in the crunchy breadcrumbs was moist and flavoursome, composing an amazing contrast in terms of textures. Moreover, the combination of flavour from different ingredients were very well balanced, including salmon, onion, potatoes and a mix of lovely herbs.

Situated in a quiet street of Potts Point, Cafe No.9 is is a classy place for brunch with friends, and is yet to be discovered by more visitors.
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Why? Excellent brunch in an beautifully decorated Manhattan style cafe
When: Breakfast and Lunch
Where: 9 Ward Avenue, Potts Point NSW 2011
Cost: $5 - $25
Your Comment
What a great little write up on this place, great details, love the close up on your fish cakes as many come with little else but potatoe sometimes. Will have to try this place as sometimes my husband and I go to the griffin theatre nearby for a day play when we have our little ones at grandmas.
by hwill (score: 1|41) 2729 days ago
What a great little write up on this place, great details, love the close up on your fish cakes as many come with little else but potatoe sometimes. Will have to try this place as sometimes my husband and I go to the griffin theatre nearby for a day play when we have our little ones at grandmas.
by hwill (score: 1|41) 2729 days ago
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