Food Review: Whistle And Flute

From an early morning brunch, that 3pm coffee, to those Friday night drinks, the newest cafe on the scene has it all covered…

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Slip into yer whistle and flute (suit), get your bees and honey (money) ready and take the plunge into Greenhill Road’s snazzy new cockney-slang eatery! Serving up pearly smooth coffee and delectable bites are Adelaide’s very own hospitality super duo- Josh Baker (of Pink Moon Saloon & Clever Little Tailor) and Stewart Wesson (Chef, Flinders Street Project).

Setting up camp in the largely untapped market of Greenhill Road, Whistle and Flute successfully walk the fine line between casual café style vibes and restaurant inspired food and service. Whether it be popping in for a coffee when that 3pm slump hits, or brunching in place of a uni lecture, this greenery-filled haven caters for everyone. Yep, you can even bring your fluffy companion along for the ride!

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Mushroom ragout, goats curd, chilli kale, eggs and dukkah.

It doesn’t get much better than the Mushroom Ragout. Put your kale smoothies aside friends, this chilli kale will blow your mind.

When placed on the table by the waitress she assured us that ‘both dishes have already been seasoned by the chefs so you shouldn’t need salt and pepper, however if you do, just let me know’ and seasoned they were! Flavours were bursting from the seams of this dish- you know you’ve found the one when you can’t decide if it tastes or looks better. Complemented by a poached egg, dukkah, mouth-watering mushrooms and goat’s curd, the ragout ticked all of our breakfast boxes.

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Eggs your way, poached with bacon and Turkish bread.

With the breakfast basics covered, the menu is a great read. Creative and imaginative, one can’t help but plan future visits just for the ‘Maple Roasted Granola’. There are so many brunch favourites with a twist that you won’t know where to start!

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But there for you all the way are the wait staff. Taking care to top up water glasses, check on the food and have a chat, the service is professional yet refreshingly casual.

To cater for the roughly two-hundred plus workers in the Business SA building above and offices scattered along the main road, Whistle and Flute’s opening hours revolve around breakfast, lunch as well as a cracking wine list for post-work drinks. Brewing Five Senses coffee with their custom Synesso machine, W & F can be relied on to wake you up- it’s seriously good coffee.

With Mountain Goat, Estrella and Asahi on tap and the likes of Stone & Wood, Pirate Life and Hills Cider by the bottle, the local craft beer and cider rival a trendy wine list. Biased towards South Australian wine (as they should be) the vino highlights Ochota Barrels, Brackenwood and BK Wines among many, many more. Basically, they’ve got your 5pm-onwards schedule sorted.

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 Without giving the menu away here are some more highlights we couldn’t resist sharing:

  • Blue swimmer crab scrambled eggs, toast, chilli, crunchy stuff and herbs
  • Peanut Geezer: peanut butter parfait, chocolate and salted caramel (for all those sweet toothed geezers out there, W & F have you covered! Who says you can’t have dessert for breakfast… duh.)

If you’re looking for a change of scenery past the café congestion of the city, head on down to Greenhill Road and bask in the glory of good food, good wine and quality service. Our only tip? Watch out for those side-street permit parking zones…

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Whistle & Flute
136 Greenhill Road, Unley

Monday to Friday [7am til late]
Saturday and Sunday [8am til whenever]

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