The colour purple is associated with nobility, mystery, magic and power so when I came across the Grate Life Café in Dayboro, it was not only striking in colour, but my mind also wanted to know what was inside. I was not disappointed.
The café is located in Williams Street, close to the road and creek. Wooden tables are positioned inside near the café counter, while others are placed along the side of the building and in the back courtyard. The courtyard overlooks the creek and is sheltered by trees. Although traffic was flowing steadily through the main street, the noise did not affect the solitude of the patrons sitting in the courtyard area.
A child’s playground area is also situated in the courtyard, providing a great opportunity for Mothers to enjoy a catch up with friends, while the children are being occupied as well.
Gift lines which included ornaments, wall hangings and painting, salt lamps, dream catchers, bags, candles and locally made cheese boards are available for purchase.
The menu consists of a variety of dietary alternatives for those who may be vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or other, with all meals made from local and organic produce. Breaking away from the traditional breakfasts, although these are available as well, Grate Life Café can offer Fig Toast which is a fig and hazelnut toast with honey ricotta, fresh figs and maple drizzle for $7.50 or you may prefer an acai sorbet, cranberry and apple granola coconut yoghurt and fresh seasonal fruits for $12.00 per serve. More mouth-watering options can be found on the menu.
I was most impressed with the tea on the menu as it came in loose leaves rather than the usual tea-bag giving my hot beverage a much richer flavour. To my delight, my favourite variety of tea, Lemongrass, was on offer. I chose Carrot Cake for my dessert and was again impressed by presentation of the cake in a tart style portion. The base was made with grated raw carrot, coconut and walnut and topped with a creamed cashew mixture, a walnut and home-made honeycomb. The Carrot Cake was absolutely delicious, yet not too sweet.
The café is open six days a week from 7.00am to 3:30pm and closed on Tuesdays. They can also cater for private functions, BYO with corkage being $2.00 per person.
Considering herself a local, owner Niki, husband and their two children have lived in Dayboro for eight years. Originally from Melbourne, Niki trained in London before returning to Australia. She worked in several Brisbane businesses before deciding to take ownership of Grate Life Café.
As an added bonus to your visit, in one of the rooms of the Café you will find Christina who can give you face-to-face intuitive readings, healing energy balancing and psychic/medium advice. Gift vouchers are available but Christina does not do phone readings. I can certainly vouch for the fact that she is very accurate. A blackboard at the Café’s entrance will provide a phone number to book a reading.
Grate Life Cafe proudly uses Q Roasters coffee beans which source, roast and cup their coffee with consistency and quality that promotes social, economic and environment sustainability. The beans support the Rainforest Alliance, children’s orphanages, Sumatran Tiger Organisation and are fair trade.
Opening Hours: 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays): 7:00am – 3:30pm
Address: 38 Williams Street, Dayboro, Queensland
Phone: (07) 3425 2721