- Telephone 0141 258 1511
- Food served Mon–Fri 8am–4pm. Closed Sat/Sun.
- Average price £6.50 (lunch)
City centre café with award-winning sandwiches, plus vegan and Indonesian dishes (including regular pop-up dining events)
The bright, gilded batik map of Indonesia gives a clue that Java Jess isn’t a hipsta barista but rather an Indonesian-inspired café. Proprietor Pauline Storrie has created a comfy city-centre hideaway that combines tasty soups, sandwiches and wraps with daily specials inspired by her homeland. Fillings range from veggie choices such as roast butternut squash with green pesto and almond (the vegan choices are highly regarded in cruelty-free circles), to a full-on roast beef with cheese and a mustard mayo, or meatballs with a spicy peanut sauce. Fans of Cherry and Heather Fine Foods might recognise the awards on display – Storrie has brought with her the winning recipes that she created at her former workplace. Some may feature on the specials board, featuring other such delights as nasi bakar – a filled rice roll that is wrapped in banana leaves and then grilled; or lonton sayur – a veg-packed spicy soup with a coconutty base and sliced rice balls served with a hard-boiled egg and prawn crackers. It’s the kind of place that once you discover it, you’ll keep returning.
- High point: A real taste of Indonesian home-cooking
- Low point: Not the prettiest spot
- Notable dish: Lontong sayur Indonesian veggie soup
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 15
- Largest group: 15
- Open since: 2016