When it comes to dining along Greenhill Road, there wasn’t much choice for those who worked in one of the many corporate offices. That’s all before Whistle & Flute came along. Josh Baker (of Pink Moon Saloon, Clever Little Tailor and Coffee Branch) saw the potential in the city fringe location and brought along Steward Wesson (former Chef at Flinders Street Project) to create another hipster cafe. Breakfast runs from 7am-11:30am and offers a selection of ten dishes. Lunch is from 12pm-2:30pm, and offers another ten items that are separated into smaller and larger plates.
We started off with the Vietnamese Beef Tartare. Covered with generous amounts of prawn crackers, you could hardly see what was underneath. The raw beef had a silky, smooth texture but was slightly under seasoned. The prawn crackers and crispy shallots added a nice crunchy texture, while there wasn’t much heat detected from the chilli.
The SA Haloumi was well executed. Thin slices of haloumi were nicely browned and topped with dukkah and avocado. The dukkah provided a crunchy element, while the avocado had lovely smooth and silky texture. The ingredient that made the dish was the basil as it added a fresh mintiness to the dish.
Next was the Chicken Liver Pate. The amount of pate you get is considerably generous, however the taste was overpowering. We felt the pate could have used more butter as all you could taste was the chicken liver.
The Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder Burger was the only large plate ordered. A huge chunk of lamb shoulder sat at the base of the burger. It was juicy and succulent, and the meat simply fell apart. What really made the dish was the roasted capsicum. It’s natural sweetness really elevated the dish. Having said that, we thought it was basic for what it was.
As a side, we ordered the Fries and Secret Sauce. The thin fries were a hit and the herb salt that they season them with is absolutely amazing. Of course, the secret sauce was just as good. It tasted like a combination of cheese sauce and mayonnaise. The sad part about this article is that we thought the fries were better than all the other dishes.
Whistle & Flute is incredibly popular with a steady stream of customers dining here throughout the day. The staff were super friendly and the service was fairly good. Small plates at lunch time are around the $13 mark while larger plates average $20. Trusted sources tell me that their breakfast menu is great and they serve some of the best coffee in Adelaide. As for the lunch menu, we thought it was a bit underwhelming.
WHERE: 136 Greenhill Rd, Unley