Tucked away just a stone’s throw from the Adelaide CBD, on a stretch of Greenhill road which was formerly bereft of quality cafes, stands another gem from hospitality superheros Josh Baker, Stewart Wesson and Jamie Botten. Whistle and Flute (cockney rhyming slang for a suit) offers a masterclass in culinary excellence and creative café design. Together with architect Matiya Marovich of San’s Arc Studio, the group have transformed an otherwise generic office foyer into a beautiful urban garden patio featuring Five Senses Coffee.
Entering through the large sliding door from the sidewalk is reminiscent of finding Narnia inside the wardrobe. Customers are greeted by cascading greenery flowing down the solid timber and concrete structures. Whistle and Flute hums with the sound of a bustling crowd of office workers, mums, dog walkers and students all basking in the ambiance of a well-thought-out playlist (60’s soul and R&B as I write 😊). As you head across the floor to the bar, you’ll be greeted, seated and watered before you can say ‘Darling Daughter’.
For their house blend, Whistle and Flute use Dark Horse. Rotating limited edition singles are served through their custom three group MVP Hydra as well as through their Marco SP9 brewing system which allows them to incorporate their filter coffee program seamlessly into their workflow. The brew bar is placed strategically in the middle of a wrap-around concrete counter, with plenty of space to perch, order a filter coffee and take part in the cheerful banter while watching the master baristas at work.
Do yourself a favour, grab your calendar and make a date to visit this beautiful oasis. Or next time you find yourself in the vicinity of Greenhill Road in Unley, take a break and head on into the Whistle and Flute to experience one of Adelaide’s finest cafes.
Whistle and Flute
136 Greenhill Road
Unley SA 5061
Mon – Thurs: 7am-5pm
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