I was really, really impressed by this nifty little cafe on smith street. Living off smith street I'm always looking for a new place to have a quick brunch and coffee. Knowing it was under new management I had to come and check it out. I am sure to come back here as they have a range of delicious toasted sandwiches which have made me hungry just thinking about them and a great brunch menu, which I will be back for. I went on Mother's Day after they had been really busy and the waiter was kind enough to spoil my mum with a beautiful banana bread and fruits after the meal. They are really nice here, even my little dog who sat at my feet got her water straight away. As for coffee it was delicious. Just a great experience, would definitely recommend it!
The house blend is Cuban and Honduran, which was pretty unimpressive. It proved to be disintresting and a little dirty tasting as a magic. Cuban coffee is rarely good as a single, so perhaps a third bean would have helped with the balance. The milk wasn't very creamy or well presented, but the temp was right on. The outdoor seating is great, albeit being a little cramped. The bircher muesli was pretty good, and the service was prompt and casual. The meals are well priced and satisfying. Perhaps my coffee snobbery got the better of me, but this place just doesn't compete with most other Smith St. cafe's. It has appeal, but the lackluster coffee is a deal breaker. However, the locals appear love it, so maybe I just don't get it.
It's a small owner run cafe, coffee is generally great but it's the sort of place that you just go back to. It's small so pick your seat carefully or you won't have much space, and they get busy so just relax with a paper. Food is good too, toasted sandwiches and toast are my picks pistachio pesto on rye with a squeeze of lemon juice So back to the coffee, 9 times out of 10 your coffee will be spot on but sometimes they seem to just rush it or something. But if you're like me you just order another knowing it will be one of those 9 times Organic milk is used which adds an extra creaminess to flat whites which are always strong and just at the right temperature
We love the coffee at Dr Java, it has a disctinctive flavour and is consistently good. The food is also well priced and yummy. However...they've recently put in new furniture and a sort of "surround" to the service area...the result is that this already tiny cafe now has zero comfortable places to sit, without having to move every 30 seconds to let someone in or out. Boo! Now we have to go somewhere else for our Sat morning coffee and the papers, and stick to Dr J's for takeaways only. I've rated them low on atmosphere because of the new layout,,,but if you're the only one there the atmosphere is great.
Doctor Java is a pleasant looking cafe on the corner of Smith and Gertrude Streets. Enter the cafe and you're greeted by a small selected of organic roasts, a charming window bar made from a curved piece of wood and a few small tables. The coffee here was remarkably well tasting, but not so pretty to look at. The froth on top of my latte resembled that of a cappuccino. The coffee itself was a little watery, but full bodied and strong. Overall, the latte was very drinkable. The service was rather average, but the atmosphere was very relaxing. To top it off, my bruschetta was extremely tasty.
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