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Published September 8th 2012
Delightful food and coffee on board The Loose Caboose
The Loose Caboose is the newest addition to the Bowden explosion. The quaint Bowden train station (the oldest in Australia) has been transformed into a modern and delightful cafe.
We popped into Loose Caboose for a Sunday brunch at about 10am, inside was already full but as it wasn't too cold we were happy to sit outside. As you can see from the photo outside has a bright and breezey feel to it, will be great during the warmer months, there are also 2 outdoor heaters that help keep the winter chills away.
Inside has more of warm, cosy feel to it with an open fireplace and wooden decor. They have incorporated enough "train-ness" into the cafe, without being kitsch, that the nearby boom gates and line add to the atmosphere as opposed to being an annoyance.
The menu has a good mix of cafe staples and interesting delights. I went with Caboose Eggs, (the big breakfast - poached eggs, bacon, field mushroom, tomatoes and some turkish bread and avacado for a nice interesting touch), and a mocha. My partner however was feeling more adventurous and went with the Hazelnut Dukah - turkish bread, spinach, capsicum salad, poached eggs, sprikled with hazelnuts, plus a flat white.
The coffees were well made and presented, with the mocha having a good mix of choc and coffee. The black cups with an antique styled spoons add the to modern / heritage mix of the place. Another cute touch was having the cutlery and napkins in small tin buckets.
The food was plentiful and well presented on plates made to look like old tin/enamel. My eggs were poached nicely, bacon slightly crispy and the bread was well toasted. I was too busy indulging in my breaky that I didn't manage to steal a bite of my partners. But by all accounts it was 'good!'
Caboose Eggs with Hazelnut Dukah in the background.
All up the meal cost us just over $40 and was well worth it. By the time we had left people were lining up for tables. Unfortunately they don't take bookings, so get in early.
A couple of things to note when visiting. The enterance from Station Place is the glass doors, not the old station doors, and there is a glass sliding door to the outdoor seating, you just need to work out which panel it is. It was bemusing watching people make the same mistakes we did but I do hope they get some signage to make it a little easier.
There are some steps up from the doors but I have been told they will open the entrance from the station when requested for wheelchairs, prams, etc. A wheelchair lift is on it's way. Also, you need to access the outdoor seating from inside so not a good place to drop into while out walking the pooch.
They have gluten free bread, gluten free fritatta and gluten free cakes too.