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The Loose Caboose Cafe

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published August 12th 2012
The Loose Caboose popped up in early August, and has quickly turned Bowden Railway Station into a popular brunch spot. The old station sits on the still operating train-line, but instead of a ticket-booth you'll find a snazzy new cafe, and a mouth-watering breakfast menu.

Inside the old station has been completely converted, with bright modern touches highlighting the building's old charm. There are several tables inside which are perfect for bigger groups, but on a clear day head outside to the large deck. It will be the perfect spot when Summer comes around. Sit inside and you can watch the kitchen at work, or stare out the windows as the trains pass by.

But you're not stopping at the Loose Caboose just to pass some time, their breakfast menu is full of sweet and savoury options. The toasted banana bread with marscapone and the banana chocolate sandwich are two of the more decadent options, but if you'd rather a bit more protein the hazelnut dukah eggs or the Turkish poached eggs might be more your style.

Breakfast does last all day, but there is a lunch menu as well. Sandwiches are a lighter, but still tasty, option. There's the Crumbed chicken picate with avocado, bacon, and brie, or the roasted vegetables with houmous and yoghurt dressing. You'll also find burgers, tarts, and more.

There's a big fancy coffee machine that makes just about any coffee you could want, or interesting teas from the Barossa. Fresh juices include the Ginger Tinge (carrot, apple, ginger, and cinnamon), The Johnny (kiwi, broccoli, baby spinach, and apple), and the Beetfroot Tingle (beetroot, carrot, apple, and orange). The fruit and vegetable mixes have the right to blend so they're not too sweet and not too vegetable-y. There is of course complimentary water, but in an interesting twist their self serve water bar has complimentary sparkling as well.

There are plenty of cute quirks around the cafe, like the real coffee plants you pass in the hallway, and it's a great use of the space. Unfortunately the outdoor chairs aren't the most comfortable seats around, but it's something that's quickly forgotten.

To get there you just have to hop onto the Outer Harbour line from the city and get off at Bowden, or take the tram to the Entertainment Centre, cross the road, and head down station place.

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Exit at Bowden Station
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Why? A snazzy new brunch spot inside an old railway
When: 7am-4pm 7 Days
Phone: (08) 8340 0809
Where: 21 First St, Hindmarsh
Cost: Meals Under $20
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