Whistle & Flute
Greenhill Road is a strange place for a cafe – especially one that’s mostly courtyard. With so few intersections nearby, the traffic flashes past, creating a persistent roar.
That’s no hassle for the dream team at Whistle & Flute, which includes Josh Baker, the man behind Coffee Branch, Larry & Ladd (both since sold), Pink Moon Saloon and Clever Little Tailor. Then there’s Edinburgh Hotel and Cellars’ Jamie Botten; Baker’s accountant and childhood friend Lee Kelly; and chef Stewart Wesson.
The group enlisted the design talents of Sans-Arc Studio’s Matiya Marovich (Pink Moon Saloon, Gondola Gondola, NOLA, BRKLYN) to create the venue’s alfresco setting with a mix of suspended timber beams and lots of naked concrete.
The compact menu is heavy on vegetables and includes dishes such as coconut-and-chia pudding with mango and kiwi; poached eggs with feta, beetroot relish and pumpkin seeds; and blue swimmer crab and chilli stirred through scrambled eggs. A separate lunch menu includes small and large plates.
On Fridays Whistle & Flute transitions to a small bar, offering charcuterie, cheese and share plates such as fried chicken and kingfish on toast. The menu cheekily offers a range of “depressants”, including Deliquente vermentino; Ochota Barrels pinot noir; and bottles of Pirate Life pale ale. “Stimulants” include Five Senses coffee and juices by Besa.
Whether you’re in the mood for uppers or downers, the front courtyard will likely lift your spirits. Ferns and other greenery spill from every surface that’s not a table or chair, and upbeat hip-hop almost drowns out those passing cars.