This place has been on my radar for a while now but each time I’d gone back home to SA I never seemed to find the time to get there! Well I wasn’t having any of it when I went home for a solid 10 days straight over Easter and Mama and I finally managed to experience breakfast/brunch at The Loose Caboose – a funky retro style converted train station in Hindmarsh, Adelaide.
Arriving almost at lunchtime we ascended the steps to find ourselves standing by a giant water trough with stunning orange glazed jugs as we waited to be greeted and seated. It was a self-service ‘water bubbler’ only the difference was that you could find both normal and sparkling water on tap! Such a cool and innovative concept…I was already impressed and we hadn’t even sat down.
The interior was a blend of old stone framework, beautiful arched windows and wooden finishing – it gave off a wonderful sense of old and rustic with pops of new. However, we were making a beeline for the last bench spot in the sunshine out on the deck area and sat ourselves down to inspect the menu.
There are incredibly intriguing items on The Loose Caboose menu such as the Butter Milk Panna Cotta with mango, pistachio & passionfruit, the Egg & Bacon Bun with house cured maple bacon, fried free range egg, caboose pickled and relish on brioche, or house made Boudin Noir (blood pudding) with potato hash, poached egg and relish…in fact everything sounded delicious but as I was yet to have breakfast my heart was set on the House Made Granola Nut Clusters with seasonal berries, flowers, organic vanilla bean yoghurt…(I must confess this was actually still being prepared in the oven after an epically busy Easter weekend and wasn’t available for me to order. But after some serious begging, a kind waitress and an accommodating chef I managed to score some not-quite-how-we-usually-serve-this Granola, which I was extremely grateful for!). I also couldn’t go past the Boudin Noir as I am a sucker for blood pudding and requested a side serve.
Mama settled on the toasted Zucchini bread with walnuts, honey curd & whipped ricotta (I think after our fabulous zucchini bread experience at Knock Knock Café in Melbourne) and we both ordered a freshly squeezed juice – for Mama a Workout Buddy with apple, carrot, celery, cucumber & spinach and a Lemon Ginger Zinger with carrot, apple, lemon and ginger for myself. Our juices swiftly arrived at the table and as we sipped we simply enjoyed basking it the blissful Autumn sun, listening to the trains as they pulled into the station and watching them “clacker-ty-clack” off again (the station itself may have been converted into a café but the actual stop is still on the line!).
After a short wait our meals arrived on fantastic pastel ceramic plate style bowls that were so large and heavy the waitresses must be as strong as oxen! My House Made Granola Nut Clusters sat oh so prettily on the baby pink hued plate and truly looked like a piece of art with it’s adornment of edible flowers and pops of blue, red and magenta from the fresh berries.
Unfortunately for Mama the Zucchini Bread was more like cake and not entirely what she was expecting but we both agreed the Boudin Noir was seriously among the best we have EVER tasted and that’s also accounting for Morcilla in spain! (Read about my Spanish adventures last year). It was moist and crumbly and held all the flavoursome juices within it’s compacted rectangular form. Salty-meaty-protein-y goodness at its best.
Overall for me the Loose Caboose lived up to expectation after sitting on the must-visit list for so long. It was a lovely way to spend a perfect Adelaide Autumn morning and enjoy a leisurely brunch.