The Loose Caboose, Hindmarsh

It’s so nice not having to wake up to an alarm clock for a solid 2 weeks (or close to it in my case)!

So how’s everyone enjoying their holiday break? Are ya’ll having as much trouble as we are in finding a decent place to eat out at that’s open during the Chrissy break? πŸ˜› We encounter the same problem every year! Hehe.

Anyways, a quick post for the last week of the year! πŸ™‚ A brunch slash lunch sesh with fellow foodies at the ever so popular The Loose Caboose.

Seeing that it was my second visit there, I had a good idea of what was on offer at the cafe.

the loose caboose, hindmarsh
House made boudin noir; $15.50

Unfortunately, not much stood out to me from their menu on this visit so I ordered something a bit more ‘different’ – the house made boudin noir served with smoked tomato, poached egg, bacon and rye sour dough. The kitchen really pushed it to the edge with the toast and boudin noir, both appeared to be on the end of the ‘burnt’ end of the stick for me, but you might disagree with me. Either way, I wasn’t a fan. Plus, I found it rather impractical to have a runny poached egg served on a flat board. Good thing our table wasn’t on a slant of some sort else my poached egg would’ve been slanting and sliding! πŸ˜‰

the loose caboose, hindmarsh
Quinoa bircher muesli; $12.50

Sam, the cleanest eater from our lot ordered the quinoa bircher muesli that came with seasonal poached and fresh fruit, vanilla labne and chia seeds. It came out pretty as a picture as we all took turns taking snaps of the colourful bowl before us. Then the excitement quickly wore off once Sam took a spoonful… then 2. He wasn’t particular fond of the muesli and eventually replaced the bowl with a freshly squeezed juice instead. Such a shame cause it looked so pretty!

the loose caboose, hindmarsh
Spiced Korean pulled pork bun; $18.00

Bernie dappled in their lunch menu and ordered the bulgogi pulled pork bun with cucumber kimchi, kewpie mayo, sriracha and a side of chips. From her account, the meat was rather dry and the kim chi punch was rather mute and mild. But the saviour? Those crispy chips!

A rather disappointing experience for our group that day. Maybe we ordered the wrong things? Or maybe they had an off day? Either way, after being here two times now, it’s time I continue on with ticking off places on my list that just never seems to get shorter! Bring on 2015! πŸ™‚


The Loose Caboose
21 First Street
Hindmarsh SA 5007
P 08 8340 0809

Opening hours
Mon-Fri 7am4pm
Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

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10 comments for “The Loose Caboose, Hindmarsh

  1. Ann
    December 30, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Hi d. I think your review of Loose Caboose was pretty spot on. Some places you go and there are too many menu choices that you want to try them all. This isn’t one of those places. And burnt is burnt.

    • dee
      December 30, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Heh! Thanks for dropping all and commenting all year Ann. See you in 2015!!! πŸ™‚

      • Ann
        December 30, 2014 at 11:45 PM

        No problem d. I always read your reviews even if I don’t always comment. All the best to you in 2015.

    • Katie
      December 30, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      thanks for the feedback Ann x

  2. December 30, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    I’d have to agree that their standard of fare hasn’t been high of late. Been reading some pretty average reviews.

    • dee
      December 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      It’s a shame really, cause I really enjoyed my first experience at TLC! Oh well, too many other new places to try. πŸ™‚

  3. Katie
    December 30, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    im really sorry to hear your experience at our cafe was not what we work so hard to produce. Your visit must have been a few months ago as these items seem to be from the previous menu. I was wondering if you let any of the staff know that you were not happy with your meal and if they were able to fix it for you? Once again I am so sorry your second visit was not to our usual high standard and hope you do come and visit us again as we do love to follow yours and the smiling foodies blog x

    • Ann
      December 31, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Katie, I realise you were responding to d, but I appreciate you taking the time to respond and you do sound like you care about the cafe and its customers.
      I will usually not complain, as I find it inconvenient and uncomfortable to not only myself, but to my dining companions as well.
      Surely the cook can judge for themself whether the plate is acceptable or needs to be re-done.
      I would be prepared to give TLC another go, as judging by the crowds you have, you guys must be doing something right!

      • Katie
        December 31, 2014 at 9:07 AM

        Thank you so much Ann. We have never had an issue with our customers asking for a meal to be redone or if it’s not what they thought it was going to be – change it.
        Please don’t ever feel uncomfortable about talking to staff – we would much prefer the opportunity to get it right for you than to read it online. I follow some blogs as I love food and some blogs have amazing photos and are really respectful – that’s why I follow this one. I have read reviews in the past online that have honestly had me in tears and so deeply hurtful that I have wanted to just stop – I think that some people just forget that we see our cafes as our family we work 7 days 12 to 14 hours a day trying to make it perfect. Thank you so much for responding in such a lovely and genuine way x

        • dee
          January 2, 2015 at 1:54 PM

          Hi Katie,

          Thanks for following up! Much like Ann, I didn’t want to inconvenience the staff and just soldiered on with what I was given but you make a valid point and I’ll be sure to let the staff know if I need my meals to be redone. πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by either way, it’s always nice to hear from the other side of the table. Happy new year and all the best for the year ahead!

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