Whistle & Flute - hidden gem among the plants on Greenhill Road

Whistle & Flute - 136 Greenhill Rd, Unley SA 5061

What do you do when you are very hungry, a Google search doesn't bring up any nice brunch spots around your area and you want to try something new? You call on your foodie friends of course! They're not just a bunch of good looking people, they're also the team I (Sofia) go to for suggestions on what's good to check out in Adelaide when my food-starved brain is shutting down. 

A quick group discussion led me to the discovery of Whistle & Flute, conveniently on the way to where I was going and situated on a main road. Easy! Well not so, it's a blink and you'll miss it kind of place, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for a narrow front door and a small sign above it letting you know you've found it. Look out for the huge Business SA brick building and you're at the right place. Inside, the cafe is light and airy, wooden tables are large and inviting, a high bench space along the wall looks out on the busy Greenhill Road, yet still makes you feel like you're sitting in a garden because of the green plants placed around the entire room. The place is abuzz, and we were lucky to get the last table for a 11:30 am brunch, even if we had to wait, I'd say it would be worth it.

Middle Eastern ground lamb $20 & almond milk cappuccino $4
The waiting staff were brilliant, attentive, polite and happy to go about getting orders, refilling water glasses and chatting to customers. A great vibe sets a positive mood. By this point I was starving and edging on hangry, so I set to work to scan the menu, skip any sweet dishes as I was in the mood for something savoury and meaty. Lo and behold, the Middle Eastern ground lamb dish was the clear winner for me. Spiced mince lamb covered with green salad, chickpeas and pomegranates, atop fresh yoghurt with a slice of Turkish bread, it was a miracle I didn't inhale this in one go. One word for this dish, delicious! From the salty and spiced lamb meat to the fresh yoghurt and crunchy chickpeas, it was a textural heaven. My only comment on how this dish could be improved is more meat and chickpeas, that combination is a flavour explosion. If I was to go back, I would probably order this again.

My friend ordered the poached eggs with avocado and was thoroughly impressed by the serving size and taste. The mashed avocado was mixed with lemon juice and was quite zingy, while the ricotta with mint added an interesting element and minty freshness. The poached eggs were cooked to perfection and the thick slice of Turkish bread helped to mop up the runny yolk, and the dukkah added a nice crunch. This dish was also favourited and hit all the right notes. However my friend did comment that both the ricotta and mashed avocado had some citrus juice added to them, which created a very zingy dish. Had the ricotta been served without the added citrus it would have been a fantastic dish.

Poached eggs with avocado $18
To assist our energy kick, we also ordered coffees with our meals and while my almond milk cappuccino sadly turned out rather sour and the milk had curdled in the coffee, my friends latte was one of the better ones she'd had in awhile. This is the kind of place I would recommend to friends to visit, and I will surely return myself, if not for the Middle Eastern lamb dish, then for the other great variety of menu items. Whistle & Flute is a great little place on the main road which offers an escape from a hectic schedule and a place that runs on happy vibes and delicious offerings.

Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly: Some vegetarian options.
Child Friendly: Family friendly.
Dog friendly: Fur babies are welcome.

Ambiance: 4/5 - Casual, urban and laid back.
Service: 4/5 - Friendly, attentive and accommodating.
Food: 8/10 - Great quality of food and good serving sizes.

In total OTCB gives Whistle & Flute 16/20 chops On The Chopping Board.

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