The Market on Maxwell is located within a small group of shops about half way down Maxwell Terrace in Glenelg East. My experience with small cafes down side streets is quite good so I had rather high expectations when coming here. Unfortunately, once I had a look at the menu, I thought the food offerings were quite boring. There are a selection of rolls, sandwiches, wraps, pies, pasties, sausage rolls, croissants, slices and open grills. Open grills are like gourmet toasties but with only one slice of bread.
The counter area nearly takes up one third of the cafe. There’s a dedicated dining space in a seperate room as well out on the pavement.
For lunch, I had the Salami, Olive and Capsicum Open Grill. The meal was ready after a 10 minute wait and looked as expected. The sweetness from the capsicum was balanced by the saltiness of the olives, and the cheese was nicely melted. There was nothing special about this, and to be honest, I could have easily made this at home.
The staff were really friendly and the service was good. The atmosphere was relaxed and the pricing was bit higher than expected. The cost of my Open Grill was $9.90, which is a tad expensive for a slice of toast with topping on it. For that price, I could have bought a 9 inch pizza from a pizza bar. Pricing starts at $7.90 for a sandwich and go all the way up to $14.90 for some of the gourmet meals.
There are some really good small cafes down side streets which serve up top quality dishes. Unfortunately, this isn’t one of them.
WHERE: 37 Maxwell Tce, Glenelg East