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Published January 15th 2013
An unexpected find
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Cafe Latino at Woodville


It is quite common at London railway stations to have a cafe where hurried commuters can quickly grab a coffee and something to take away and eat on their journey.

That convenience only came to Adelaide quite recently with the opening of the very popular Loose Caboose Cafe at Bowden station.

While wandering the back streets of Woodville researching a rare house for the sequel to the successful Most Unusual Houses of Adelaide, I stumbled across Cafe Latino.

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Conveniently lose to the Woodville Park railway station


This stylish eatery is situated right across the road from the Woodville Park railway station, well off the beaten track of main roads.

It was the last place I expected to see a cafe in Adelaide, but the carefully restored old building hinting of Art Deco looked clean and inviting. It was still early, and I hadn't found the place I was looking for, so I popped in and asked owner Marguerite.

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The Colourful Interior of Cafe Latino


She was able to tell me exactly where to go (no, not there!) so I set off on my mission. An hour later I returned, tired and hungry.

A few people were eating inside and out, while children played happily with toys on one side of the cafe. This place has a very neighbourly and casual feel to it, and is clearly child friendly with a children's reading corner too.

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A Child Friendly Cafe is a Bonus


Curiously there wasn't a menu in sight - I never did find out whether this was because the cafe had only just re-opened after the Christmas break. But there were an assortment of wraps and focaccia rolls on display, so I picked my choice and declined the offer of toasting it. An iced chocolate was perfect to drink on a hot day.

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My Lunch


After sitting I was offered water, and a steady stream of locals came in for their brunch while I enjoyed mine. My roast beef wrap with rocket and baby spinach, red onion, cream cheese and Dijon mustard was fresh and tasty.

The iced chocolate was richly flavoured, and had a large dollop of ice cream on top.

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Tempting Treats


There were a good selection of cakes and other treats, while the coffee received compliments from another patron while I was there. I'm not a big fan of coffee and cakes, so can't comment on them.

What did interest me was the Latino big breakfast which is only available on Saturdays. I just might have to return for that.

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Outdoor Dining at Cafe Latino


The outdoor dining area is well shaded from the morning sun, and there is little traffic to disturb you if eating outside. According to the Facebook page, dogs are welcome, and there is a water bowl outside for Fido.

I asked Marguerite about the name of the cafe, as I hadn't noticed any particular Latino influence in the food. She said the naming reflected the strong local Mediterranean influence, and also the close family associations one finds in Latino culture.

Whatever the reason for its name, this cafe in Adelaide's suburbs is indeed a friendly neighbourhood place, and obviously highly regarded by people in the area.

Pop in and check it out if you are around Woodville. The perfect spot to pick up something for the road if you're travelling by train.
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Why? Relax in a friendly eatery
When: Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 4.30pm. Sat 8.30am - 12.30pm
Phone: 0421 084 268
Where: 22 Belmore Tce, Woodville, South Australia
Cost: $$
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This will certainly be a good change for me from hospital cafeteria food :)
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 2808 days ago
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