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Published November 25th 2020
Bloom makes you happy outside or inside
adelaide bloom thebarton cafe pizza oven
Can you guess what this space was before transformation to a cafe?

Holland Street Tramway Bridge
The Municipal Tramway Trust was formed in 1906 to take over the existing Adelaide metropolitan horse tram network and electrify the system. The original Adelaide-Hindmarsh Tramway ran along Port Road. Since Thebarton was a more populated area, the new electrified service was meant to move further west from Port Road. By March 1908, the Trust determined that the Hindmarsh line would cross the Torrens at the end of Holland Street. Hence, the Holland Street Tramway Bridge was built within 6 months and regular electric tram services began on 26 June 1909.

adelaide hindmarsh tramline tramway map
Hindmarsh Electric Tram Route

Tram Barn
When there was a tram line, there was a tram barn. The long-forgotten tram barn on Holland Street has now been transformed into a restaurant as well as a venue for a wedding, birthday or even corporate hire. Bloom has a mission for this location. "Drifting smells of malt and barley, dappled shadows of ghostly gums, trickling sounds of the Karrawirra Parri. Bloom is an old tram barn, a cafe and function space, a garden playground.", an extract from the Bloom website. What's Karrawirra Parri? In the Kaurna language, "karra" means "red gum"; "wirra" means "forest"; "parri" means "river". Karrawirra Parri is the Kaurna name of the Torrens River. Look around you will spot some red gum trees.

adelaide bloom thebarton cafe menu
Table setting with linen napkin and whimsical menu

adelaide bloom thebarton cafe inside
There is always something eye-catching whichever way you look.

Inside and Outside
Located at the end of Holland Street, there is plenty of parking space by the restaurant since the site is 4 hectares in size. Bloom is located along the Torrens River bike trail. Another reason to visit when you go for a bike ride next time. On the outside, there is an alfresco dining area. The inside of Bloom is the gem of the space. The transformation has made us feel like we had been teleported somewhere in Scandinavia. The wood-fired pizza oven is the centrepiece on one end of the restaurant while the other end is a standalone bar that you can sit and watch the bartenders making your favourite drinks. There is also an outdoor function space for venue hire.

adelaide bloom cafe outdoor alfresco thebarton
Can you spot the Holland Street Tramway Bridge in the background?

adelaide bloom thebarton cafe vintage telephone
One of the highlights inside Bloom. It's on a wall where you least expect it.

Food and drinks
The "All Day" menu is designed to share. There is a "Feed Me" option for $70 per person where you can try the different courses without having to make the hard decisions. Since the cuisine is modern Australian, expect some unusual items like bay leaf butter, garlic soy milk and even wood-roasted berries. Unfamiliar words can range from aged basmati pulao (rice dish) to zhoug (a spicy Middle Eastern cilantro sauce). I often take this chance to talk to the wait staff to learn something new as well as check out their most popular dishes. Today we ordered wood-fired halloumi, beef cheek pasta and crispy potatoes for lunch.

adelaide bloom thebarton coffee
Flat white served in rustic ceramic cup and saucer

adelaide bloom thebarton wood fired halloumi
Wood fired halloumi, pine nuts, honey, sumac, thyme - the most popular dish in Bloom

adelaide bloom beef cheek pasta thebarton
Ugly pasta, beef cheek, yolk sauce, truffle reggiano, garlic shoot, chive

adelaide bloom thebarton potato
Crispy potatio, unami salt, fried capers, porcini aioli - the 'Wow' dish for us
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Why? A leisure meal by the river
When: Wednesday to Sunday
Phone: (08) 7089 7877
Where: 38 Winwood St, Thebarton SA 5031
Your Comment
What a beaut location. I like it when the new happens in the old. In many cases it saves the old from demolition.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|1446) 62 days ago
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