It’s still a construction site but Greenhill Road’s new cafe and bar is so close we can taste it. It’s a good thing, too. The stretch of road overlooking Adelaide’s south parklands isn’t exactly known for decent food options. Whistle & Flute is about to change all that.
The venue is run by a dream team. There’s Josh Baker (Clever Little Tailor, Pink Moon Saloon), Jamie Botten (Mitcham’s Edinburgh Hotel & Cellars), accountant Lee Kelly and chef Stewart Wesson, who last worked at The Flinders Street Project.
The guys enlisted Sans-Arc Studio designer Matiya Marovich to take care of aesthetics. After recently designing Pink Moon Saloon, Gondola Gondola, NOLA and Rundle Street’s BRKLYN, he has the golden touch.
“What Matiya does is incredible,” says Wesson. “He completely changes a space and everything he does is different.” Branding and imaging is the handiwork of local designer Carlo Jensen.
Like the venue’s name (whistle and flute is Cockney slang for suit), the space, located on the ground floor of a block of offices, will have the feel of an old English shop. “We’re trying to keep it really accessible,” says Wesson. “The door is always open.”
Think banquet seating, copper trimmings, character lights from a dock in Russia, deep blue tiles, communal tables and bench seating around a heavy concrete bar made by the folk behind the impressive 21-metre-long centrepiece at Osteria Oggi.
Diners in the outdoor area are protected from traffic by wooden beams and plenty of foliage. The licensed venue will serve Five Senses Coffee from a new MVP Synesso machine and a big custom-made copper fridge, stacked with snacks to go such as fresh juices, yoghurts and granola.
In the kitchen, Wesson will prepare the type of food he likes to eat. At the moment, he’s digging dishes with an Asian influence. “Big serves, big flavours,” he says.
The cafe will also offer catering service to local businesses. “During the week we’ll be open until 8 or 9pm so people can come for a knock-off drink or a quick stop-off on their way to dinner,” says Wesson. “We’ll open seven days a week. I think we need to. It’s a no-brainer really.”
Whistle & Flute is expected to open soon after Easter.
Whistle & Flute
136 Greenhill Road, Unley