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Whistle and Flute Cafe

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Published August 14th 2017
Delicious dishes that both salute and transcend convention
The Whistle and Flute Cafe and Liquor Bar is dog friendly, but it's difficult to tell if the disconsolate looking Dalmatian over in the corner by the sliding door, head resting calmly on its forepaws, appreciates the sentiment. The Maltese alongside, however, is a fluffy ball of energy enthusiastically slurping from a bowl of water.

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Sliding Door Entrance to the Whistle and Flute Cafe on Greenhill Road


Bright wood tones and greenery dominate the space; suspended plants drape - veil like - from planter boxes while natural light streams in from the high ceiling. Exposed pipes among the wood and brickwork create an atmosphere reminiscent of a conservatory or greenhouse, thankfully without the cloying humidity. Below, the cafe is always busy and buzzing, animated conversations echo with a rhythmic, lilting, continuous murmur.

Whistle and Flute Dog Friendly Cafe Gastropub Lunch Brunch Dinner Delicious Fresh Ingredients Organic Produce superfood kale fresh adelaide greenery
Greenery from planter boxes above the seating area


Whistle and Flute Dog Friendly Cafe Gastropub Lunch Brunch Dinner Delicious Fresh Ingredients Organic Produce superfood kale fresh adelaide
More Greenery


The grail of fresh ingredients, locally purveyed and sustainably sourced appear to be the buzz words of the restaurant industry, and Whistle and Flute delivers this trinity in spades. Servings are generous with a cornucopia of colour and texture. The slight bitterness of kale is balanced perfectly with roasted tones and the kick of chilli. Crusty, earthy charcoal bread has been paired with creamy and rich halloumi cheese. Nutty brown rice, tangy beetroot yoghurt and a perfectly poached egg round off the "Nutrition Breaky Bowl." It's a bounteous profusion, a rounded equilibrium.

Whistle and Flute Dog Friendly Cafe Gastropub Lunch Brunch Dinner Delicious Fresh Ingredients Organic Produce superfood kale fresh adelaide greenery
"Nutrition Breaky Bowl"


Whistle and Flute Dog Friendly Cafe Gastropub Lunch Brunch Dinner Delicious Fresh Ingredients Organic Produce superfood kale fresh adelaide
"Nutrition Breaky Bowl"


It's much the same with the other offerings on the table, with vibrant combinations incorporating fresh produce and nutritious superfoods. Pleasing charred, smoky notes harmonise with tangy and light yoghurts and pickles, toothsome grains with crisp crusts and crunchy vegetables. The overall theme is hard to characterise beyond this, being a mixture of traditions, cuisines and influences which are uniformly delicious and deliciously ununiformed, changing to reflect the varying availability of fresh produce and culinary creativity.

Whistle and Flute Dog Friendly Cafe Gastropub Lunch Brunch Dinner Delicious Fresh Ingredients Organic Produce superfood kale fresh adelaide greenery
"Smashed Jap Pumpkin"


A decent collection of beers on tap, cider, South Australian wines and coffee are available.

Whistle and Flute Dog Friendly Cafe Gastropub Lunch Brunch Dinner Delicious Fresh Ingredients Organic Produce superfood kale fresh adelaide
Sirloin Steak


Whistle and Flute is open from 7am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 7am to 10pm on Friday and 8am to 4pm on Saturday. Prices vary (see the menu) but are generally around $15 - $20 a plate. If you're on Greenhill Road, perhaps taking a walk in the parklands with dogs or on a lunch break in the area, Whistle and Flute serve a variety of delectable dishes with a fresh and engaging approach to produce and cuisine.
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Why? For a delicious meal that both salutes and toys with convention.
When: 7am to 5pm Mon to Thurs. Late on Friday. 8am to 4pm on Saturday.
Phone: (08) 8373 2490
Where: 136 Greenhill Rd, Unley SA 5061
Cost: Variable - see the menu page. Generally around $15-$20 a plate
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