Catchy name. Delicious food. Even better coffee.
The Loose Caboose has been on my must-visit list for forever now and finally I ticked it off. And it was everything I imagined and more.
A heritage listed train station turned café, The Loose Caboose is hidden away off of Port Road away from all the hustle and bustle. Its interior is open and airy- think hardwood floors, exposed stone walls and high raked ceilings, breathing new life into this space that was once a derelict train station. There’s a raised outdoor dining area that’s perfect in the morning sun, shaded with brightly coloured umbrellas and tables topped with succulents- a café after my own heart.
The coffee is always on point, using Cast Iron Coffee Roasters as their Caboose house blend- it’s smooth and perfect for a morning espresso. If your one for a latte or milky delight then you’ll be pleased to know they use Myponga’s Fleurieu Milk & Yoghurt Company for their milk products- this café is very community focused and loves to source their produce locally.
Health conscious folk will love that they make fresh juices and smoothies on site, with a firm favourite being the Tropical Mojito- a blend of Pineapple, kale, coconut water, mint and banana.
The seasonal all day brunch menu is lengthy and covers all tastes. There’s pancakes and bircher muesli that are incredibly photo worthy, steak sandwiches that are the size of your head and a big breakfast which is fit for a king.
The first time my friend and I visited we ordered the Buttermilk pancakes with honeycomb, fairy floss and maple poached raspberry- to be perfectly honest I wanted them because the Instagram pictures of them were amazing. And I’m glad I did. The fairy floss was light and stringy (and freaked my friend out as she resembled it to hair). The raspberries were lush and there was plenty of cream to cover the pancakes- no ice-cream needed here. The pancakes were incredibly filling and the plating was a foodies dream- so many edible flowers and pops of colour.
The second time I visited was for brekky with my other half in tow. He is a sucker for a giant breakfast (must be the English in him) so he went for the Conductors Brunch. I opted for the Baked Eggs, because honestly, you can never go wrong with baked eggs.
The Conductors Brunch was massive and full to the brim with chorizo, bacon, mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, avocado, free range poached eggs on toasted sourdough. The eggs were cooked perfectly and the mushrooms were so tasty- it left him well and truly full.
My baked eggs were incredible- the house made beans were rich and full of saucy flavour and were not too spicy. The pesto type sauce on the top was plentiful which was fab as it got lathered onto the toasted sourdough. The beans also had bits of chorizo and veggies in it which made it a little different from your standard baked eggs- I absolutely loved it.
If you’re looking for the ultimate place for big brunches just outside of the CBD then this needs to be your new place to visit- you wont be disappointed.
You can find The Loose Caboose at 21 First Street, Hindmarsh.