I'd heard a lot of people rave on about Zest Café Gallery at Glenelg, but I never actually knew where in Glenelg it was. I soon found out that's because it's hidden just off Jetty Road down Sussex Street.
It is a quaint little café with a façade that gives off a kind of hipster vibe. Inside it's quite cosy, but welcoming. With an enclosed outdoor area, artwork along its wall and vines overhead, it's a nice place to come relax and have a coffee.
First and foremost the best thing about the Zest is the service. The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. I have this bad habit of talking too much when I meet with friends, so I take forever to order. Our waiter was very nice about my slowness and let us take our time, and when I finally did decide we didn't have to wait long for our meals to arrive.
The menu offers a selection of breakfast and lunch options, organic fair trade coffee and freshly squeezed juices. Breakfast and lunch are served all day. The kitchen closes at 5:30pm on weekdays and Saturdays.
I ordered the Zesty Eggs for $14.50: poached eggs on buttered Turkish toast with a seeded mustard and orange zest cream topped with smoked salmon. One thing that is for sure is that it lives up to its name. The eggs were definitely zesty. Almost too zesty. I couldn't handle the zest.
Zesty Eggs $14.50
Now don't get me wrong. The poached eggs were cooked great. The Turkish bread was great. The seeded mustard and orange zest cream…great! Really tasty in fact. The salmon…..wayyyyyyy too much salmon. Salmon over load. Together it was an explosion of flavours. And I'm still undecided whether it was a good explosion.
The meal was good. I just think the problem was that there was too much salmon. My friend agreed with me.
My other friend ordered the number seven baguette and said it was delicious. The baguette was $8.90 and had fetta, tomato, roasted pumpkin with pesto and lettuce. There are a selection of various meat based and vegetarian baguettes to choose from, so something for everyone.
We also had a latte and chai latte for $3.30 each. Both tasted great and came with a complimentary biscuit which was both tasty and cute.
Overall Zest Café Gallery is a nice little spot to grab a coffee with friends if you're at Glenelg. The food was nice but nothing fantastic, however the service and cosiness of the place make it worth a visit if you're in the area.