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3/5

Java Lounge

135 Jawatte Road, Colombo 5


Java Lounge in Jawatta has become our go to spot for casual meetings or we just want to grab a quick coffee. They've got an accessible location, some surprisingly good pasta dishes and coffee that hits the spot more often than not.



I remember the initial hype around this place concerned the fact that they sold Starbucks coffee and used only Starbucks coffee beans in their brews. As I wasn’t entirely convinced that Colombo really needed another Starbucks imitator/clone (we already have Barista, Coffee Bean) I didn’t make any special attempt to reach Java Lounge. Even though their JawatteRoad location always looked rather inviting. The other evening though I finally ventured inside.

I have to say I was impressed. Starbucks imitator it maybe but this is imitation done rather well. It’s got supersoft modern US coffee chain sofas and red-woodish furnishings along with a pretty snazzy looking coffee bar but somehow it manages to feel homely. Unlike a generic coffee chain outlet there’s something genuinely cosy about the place. I think the the fact that it was actually quite full on Thursday night helped add some atmosphere

So many places in Colombo are so often deserted that it's nice to go somewhere there’s a real buzz of conversation. Gaggles of teenagers slouch in the oversized settees, others bash away on laptops making use of the faster than average wi fi connection. Older patrons settle themselves in the outside space and thumb the day’s newspapers. It really has the feel of a neighbourhood coffee house- rather than simply a cut-out piece of American lifestyle impersonation.

However despite the pleasant space and nice Havelock vibes I have to report that my coffee was not particularly inspiring. We tried a Hazelnut Honey Latte (Rs 500) and a White Mocha (Rs 450) and both seemed rather watery. I know the local preference is for milky coffee but this was barely coffee. Just milk, flavourings and whipped cream. Also Rs 500 for a regular-sized cup is pretty steep particularly when it contains less caffeine than a glass of coke. To munch on we had a chicken tikka sandwich (rs 370) which was fine but utterly unremarkable.

So the quality of the food/drinks left a lot to be desired but I guess that’s not the point of the contemporary US style coffee house? It's more about having a space where you can relax and linger for a while, somewhere comfortable and public without blowing the budget and Java Lounge seems to have got that right. They have a lovely location, a spacious and attractive bungalow premise and best of all they are opened late(11pm weekdays midnight weekends).

So for like a long conversation, study-date or some productive web crawling this is a good spot, in this part of town it might be the only late-night lingering spot.

Still the coffee ought to be better.

TIP

They have free WiFi, which is nice, but from what we experienced it can be excruciatingly slow at times.

Address

135 Jawatte Road, Colombo 5

Directions

Going up Thimbirigasaya, if you turn left on Jawatta it's just around the corner.

Contacts

Facebook E-Mail Website

Report Inaccuracy

Open until 10:30 PM

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Coffee

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
3
Ambience Rating
3

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AL2007

This place is NOT only heavily overpriced but the quality of beverages and food is NOT at all what one can expect. They sell an ice latte which is basically instant coffee, richlife milk and tons of ice cubes. By the time the ice melts, you basically have extremely watery coffee. There is no sugar and don't tell you to add sugar nor were there any sachets. Each latte is LKR 530.00 for crap they call ice latte. Then I asked for a slice of strawberry cheesecake which was this tiny piece of cake placed in a large box with No doily or anything. The box was so big when compared to the small piece of cake that it fell and all the topping was in the box. Shocking. Java Lounge prices are brought day light robbery given what you get for what the price you have to pay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Malinthe

It's just not worth it. Overpriced and underwhelming. The coffee here makes me wanna cry.

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AL2007

This place is NOT only heavily overpriced but the quality of beverages and food is NOT at all what one can expect. They sell an ice latte which is basically instant coffee, richlife milk and tons of ice cubes. By the time the ice melts, you basically have extremely watery coffee. There is no sugar and don't tell you to add sugar nor were there any sachets. Each latte is LKR 530.00 for crap they call ice latte. Then I asked for a slice of strawberry cheesecake which was this tiny piece of cake placed in a large box with No doily or anything. The box was so big when compared to the small piece of cake that it fell and all the topping was in the box. Shocking. Java Lounge prices are brought day light robbery given what you get for what the price you have to pay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Malinthe

It's just not worth it. Overpriced and underwhelming. The coffee here makes me wanna cry.

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BaileyDar

This is a nice spot to hang out with friends for brunch. loved their food.

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