Java U Cafe predominately is a coffee chain located in Montreal (and some others located in Dubai, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and Qatar – talk about market diversity!) I stumbled upon this coffee shop when I went to Montreal for a conference and had time to kill. Famished from being shopped-out on Saint-Catherine’s and feeling a little low on caffeine.
This modern looking coffee shop offers more than your regular cuppa joe. Classic and specialty coffee, Smoothies and their anti-oxidant versions called smoothieceuticals ? What a gimmicky name! I could have sworn I saw wines sold; but I wonder if my memory is playing tricks on me! There are daily specials on breakfast, paninis, salads and more. Tri-U is a sandwich, salad, or soup combo paired with coffee for less than 10 bux. A pretty good deal and hard to get in Vancouver!
The particular location I went to had 2 stories with tables upstairs overlooking the bar area.
I read over the internet that a lot of people were bashing the service. Although though not superb (common’ you weren’t looking for a Michelin Star grade were you?) it was not terrible. I had no problems with it at least.
Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Cafe Price/Entrée: $5-10 Out of 5… (1: Don’t bother —> 5: Excellent) Food: 3 Service: 2.5 Ambiance: 3 Overall: 3
Freshly diced cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and feta cheese. Feta was grainy and deliciously pungent.
Bold. Not very acidic. Not bad overall.
I wish I had read upon this earlier. But according to their website Montreal Gazette Charlie Fidelman described their Café Au Lait as “tantalizingly fresh, appetizingly thick and rich-looking, rich coffee-milk mix that would be as good ice cold.” and “A seriously good cafe au lait,” says Gazette reporter Julian Armstrong. I guess I will have to give this place a try if I ever go back.
But then again, there are so many more independent cafes I’d rather try…
4104 Saint-Catherine St. West,