In April, MediTrainean – a tapas train on Crows Nest’s Alexander Street – opened without fanfare. In October, Blue Caboose opened behind the train in a flurry of blue tones, velvet upholstery and cocktails.

While Blue Caboose is connected to MediTrainean by a pair of steps (they share one location), co-owner Steph Rofe insists the two are separate in style and nature. “The whole idea is that it’s an all-day dining experience,” says Rofe. “You can start and finish here [in Blue Caboose], or you can brunch here and you can have tapas there.”

The cocktail list was led by Alex Clark (Lobo Plantation, QT Sydney). Infusions are king; vodka is flavoured with prosciutto and peppercorns, bourbon with apple tea. A musky, smooth Money’tenegro isx heightened with a charred half-lime. A goblet of bright-orange St Moritz Spritz is enhanced with coconut Yakult, mandarin and thyme.

The menu is inspired by the 21 countries bordering the Mediterranean. Ashley Rofe – Steph’s husband, another co-owner and head of the grill at MediTrainean – hopes to change the menu seasonally to try out different national inspirations. Currently, skewered prawns or kafta lay on beds of pureed roast capsicum adorned with edible flowers. There are also Dukkah-encrusted calamari and truffle arancini. The tabouleh is the standout, though: tart and zingy.

The space has tones of blue and green, with a mural of palm fronds along one wall. Velvet loveseats sit alongside stools and wooden chairs, and pendant lighting frames the bar. A single piece of blackbutt features as the bar-top. Geometric tiles from Scandinavia offset the foliage throughout the space.

Blue Caboose
55a Alexander Street, Crows Nest
(02) 8970 1521

Hours:**
Tue to Sun 12pm–12am

www.bluecaboose.com.au