Based on numerology, the birth number of 9 has a life colour of gold and the planets in the solar system also have 9 colours. So, I visited the Colour Nine Café in Stafford Heights, wondering whether their name was inspired by either of these cosmic phenomena. The Colour Nine café is located in the suburban streets of Stafford Heights, 9 kms from the CBD.
Don't be fooled by its suburban location. The Colour Nine offers an extensive, interesting and sophisticated menu. Standout items for me included the Buddha bowl comprising cauliflower cous cous, roasted pumpkin, avocado, boiled egg, toasted pepitas and lemon yoghurt dressing ($15) and the Southern fried chicken tacos with house slaw, chipotle mayo and lime ($18). For the sweet tooth, there's Banoffee waffles, with house made waffles, fresh banana, caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream and walnut praline ($16.50).
Food choices Photo courtesy Colour Nine Facebook Page
In terms of its caffeine, the Colour Nine serves Beancraft coffee. Along with the popular milk based coffees, the café also offers chai tea and lattes, including the rooibos turmeric chai (caffeine free masala chai with star anise, cloves, cinnamon and black pepper) and an impressive range of loose leaf teas like the jasmine pearls green tea (a long leaf and bud tightly rolled silvery coloured pearls, Fujian province). A really great selection for the non-coffee drinker. How will I know it when I see it? The cafe is one of two residents (along with a hairdressing salon) in a small shopping complex on a residential street. The outdoor seating area at the front of the shop indicates that you have arrived and is the winner for me. With white umbrellas shading the winter sun and a bed of artificial grass which is soft underfoot, it makes a comfortable outdoor space. Inside has a simple, clean Scandinavian style. The wooden floors and white walls, window box and table seating round off the space.
My Standout The thing which took my eye was the vertical wall garden which added some extra green space and an organic, homely feel. I came home wanting to create one on my own deck.
What else is there? If visiting the Colour Nine, there is ample street parking in Mawson Street. I left, still not sure where the name came from or what it means, but didn't really mind. What I had found a new local café and that was the better discovery to make.