Java Spice Bar, is a very cute, colourful, floral visual on the eyes. I thought the waitress just decided to dress outlandishly to resemble an escaped leopard from the local zoo, until I realised it was the cafe’s staff uniform. At least they match the decor.
The carrot cake is suppose to be very good. However, because we arrived at 7:30am after the Anzac day dawn service, we were after their selection of savoury breakfast items and coffee.
We ordered, two naughty boy pork rolls (approx $12 each) , a toasted sandwich ($7.50) which supposedly is ‘the best toasted sandwich you’ve ever tasted or your money back’, chai latte and two coffees.
A friend mentioned the naughty boy pork rolls are normally really good. Crusty, soft, super fresh bread, lightly toasted and pretty much typical Vietnamese pork roll ingredients inside. It wasn’t as good as it usually is because we were there SO incredibly early, we suspect it was there from the day before. Also the toasted sandwich was not bad, but by no means even close to the best toasted sandwich I’ve ever eaten. I would probably rate it as a 6.5/10. Given that Darwin is so small though, and most people know each other by a matter of 1 to 2 degrees, I, like other Darwin residents would probably never dream of complaining. You don’t want to be known in a small town as a serial complainer.
Even though I normally enjoy illy coffee, I have to say the coffee was drinkable, but not great.
On the plus side, the ambiance is uplifting and fresh and the service is very friendly and attentive. I can see why people come here to pass time.
value for money: 6/10
overall score: 26.5/40