I had stopped in here once before for a take away chai tea latte and blueberry muffin. It was a brief stop, but the staff was friendly. The chai was decent, but not great. I'm picky with my chai, though -- most places make it overly sweet and not nearly spicy enough, so a mediocre chai by my standards would probably pass as good for those who like sweet chai. The muffin was decent as well. Good, but nothing to write home about. All in all it was a decent stop.
Today I was looking for an Internet café where I could do a bit of studying (we Americans do like our funky cafés for studying). I had since read the reviews here and was pretty leery of stopping by to eat in, but there are frustratingly few good Internet cafés nearby with enough room to actually get studying done. So I decided to give Java&Co a shot. And it was...decent, again. Contrary to others' reviews, the staff were all very friendly and pleasant and the spacious upstairs area is a HUGE plus. As I'm writing this review using the wifi here, I can report that upstairs, at least, the wifi works well (though it seems as though I might only get 60 minutes of use?). As for the food... Decent. I had a slice of carrot cake that might have actually been good if it had not been so stale. The part of the already-cut slice that was against the plate was soft and moist, but the exposed part was so stale that it was crunchy. Yes, crunchy. I would suggest that they not cut the cake until a slice is ordered, or at least use some sort of covering over the cut slices to prevent them from getting stale. I had a hot chocolate as well (I avoid coffee like the plague while I'm in the UK -- sorry, Brits just don't know how to make good coffee) and it was actually quite good. It might have been just a touch on the rich side due to some excess chocolate syrup discovered in the bottom if my mug, but overall, pretty good.
So here's the run down:
Good atmosphere (nice background music, art on the walls, slightly funky, yet modern feel)
Extra points for lots of seating
Pretty good hot chocolate
So all in all, Java&co gets 3 stars with an extra 1/2 star for the spacious seating area: 3.5 stars.
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