The Loose Caboose, Hindmarsh

I’m not the biggest fan of brunch because I feel it to be overpriced for something that I could make at home. Of course it’ll be a crappy, inferior job but at least it doesn’t cost me $20 for some scrambled eggs. On the other hand when brunch is done right I fall instantly in love with – so far there’s only 2 places in Adelaide that has been able to convert me. Another get together with The Smiling Foodie and Dbites brought us to The Loose Caboose. Maybe I had chosen the wrong dish on my last visit? My heart was a bit more hopeful.


Putting my bets on a non-brunch item I chose the Korean pulled pork bun that sounded really interesting with it’s “bulgogi pulled pork, cucumber kimchi, kewpie, siracha on a brioche bun.” The pulled pork was so dry that it was hard to stomach with only a mild kimchi taste. The small amount of sauce didn’t help and barely brought any flavour to the burger. Eating the kimchi by itself only gave a very slight hint of fermented taste and nothing what kimchi should be – pungent, sour and in your face. Only positive was at least the chips were nice with it’s crispy coating and a pillowy inside.

kimchi burger

Spiced Korean Pulled Pork Bun ($18)

Dbite’s dish of boudin noir was actually burnt – just look how black the blood sausage and bread were!

Boudin Noir

House Made Boudin Noir – Smoked tomato, poached egg, bacon & rye sour dough ($15.50)

The Smiling Foodie’s quinoa bircher muesli looked pretty as a picture but looks can be deceiving. One bite and he couldn’t eat it anymore :(

Quinoa Bircher Muesli

Quinoa Bircher Muesli – Seasonal poached & fresh fruit, vanilla Labne & chia seeds ($12.50)

I didn’t try the other guys dishes after seeing their reaction and to be honest I was struggling to eat the pulled pork bun. The place is buzzing with lines out the door but I still don’t really see what the hype is all about.

Food: 1.5/5 – just based on my pulled pork bun
Service: 3/5
Atmosphere: 3/5

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4 comments for “The Loose Caboose, Hindmarsh

  1. Kathryn
    November 20, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Wow how long ago did you eat there – the new menu has been up for a few weeks now and The Smiling Foodie (I love his blog – its the best one around) has moved to Melbourne. I am a person who loves brunch and respects the cafes that do it well. The Loose Caboose is one that does it very well.

    • November 20, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      I ate here around the start of October but it takes me a while to write and edit the post. So good to hear you like The Smiling Foodie – awesome blog and awesome guy – a loss for Adelaide to have him move to Melb :P

  2. November 20, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Aww…I was just looking at the burnt toast! Like you, I also remember the not-so-great restaurant choices I made. Pleased to hear they have a new menu up now :)

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  3. Kathryn
    November 20, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Yes he has the most amazing photos and I have never seen him hack on a restaurant , He seems to be an extremely positive person and someone who genuinely loves and respects life.

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