Those of you who read my recent review of Southside in Newtown will know that it has become my highest rating cafe in the region. Today’s cafe is 9 Grams which is situated two doors north of Southside. If I am going to go to the trouble of driving to 343 Pakington Street, 9 Grams is going to have to be really, really good to coax me away from my new fave.
9 Grams is situated on a corner which gives it two walls of natural light with windows that open onto Pakington Street. You would describe the interior decor as trendy with concrete floor and modern furniture. If anything, I found the tables a bit close together which meant, with the cafe more than half full, the noise level was quite high, making it difficult to hold a conversation with the person I was drinking coffee with. Not an ideal place to go during coffee peak times if you want to get some quiet work done.
The food selection is quite varied which means that if you were to go there for breakfast or lunch, there would be something for everyone, regardless of their particular eating preferences.
I found that the coffee was well-made and better than average – and that is reflected in my rating below. But, will it be enough to drag me two doors north of a regular basis? Unfortunately, I have to be honest and say that I prefer both the coffee and environment at Southside but that’s not to say that you might find that you have a different preference. What it does mean is that there are two very good options available to you within a few metres of each other – that has major implications for parking on weekends and first thing in the morning. Factor that into your planning, won’t you.
PS: One thing I really did like about 9 Grams is that they charge less for black coffee – it has always puzzled me why cafes charge the same amount for coffee made with milk as coffee made without. The cost of milk must surely be factored into the price of milk-based coffees, mustn’t it?
|Address:||Shop 1, 343 Pakington Street|
|Telephone:||03 5222 2716|
|Open:||Seven days per week|
|Price:||$3.20 – $3.80|
|Headline:||Coffee was certainly better than average. I found the cafe too noisy for a quiet cup of coffee.|
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