The name has been in every Melbournian city dwellers’ food guide as THE place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My potential visit to 4-time Chef Hatted Cumulus Inc. was totally unplanned and while I was walking up Flinders Lane, my knees had gone weak the moment I saw Cumulus.
Tucked in a neat corner of the bulding, the entrance called out to me. I was not surprise to find the place fiercely crowded with Melbournians getting a little warmed up with hot coffee and breakfast on a cold Sunday morning! Having came here without a booking means we will need to wait for a table but the nice gentleman who greeted asked me for my name and told me to wait about 10 to 15 minutes.
Dining room is airy with hungry diners eating and chatting away. The open kitchen and the bar at the opposite end lends a charming share of high table seating where you can see the staffs at work. Once we were seated (yup! after waiting for 10 to 15 minutes later), we were given a 1 page breakfast menu comprising of savory and sweet plates. The service was fast, staff was smiley and unpretentious. They even baked their own breads!
I decided to go for a mix of savory/sweet plate – the house smoked ocean trout. What can I say – I totally melt in this dish – the trout was smoked perfectly coupled with the sweet tingling fresh cucumber salad and the thin crusted waffle. I’m loving the mustard creme fraiche which is a creamy sour cream with little mustard seeds. Everything on the plate played harmoniously.
My husband decided to go for something savory like the Grilled lyonaisse sausage that look awesomely delicious and tastes heartily meaty without the meat! Of course, it comes with the famous 65/65 egg (65 gram eggs cooked for 65 minutes). Wondering what that is ? It’s an egg that is cooked slowly at a precise temperature of 60C to 65C to achieve the translucent, silky, soft round egg surrounding its rich, yellow, soft liquid egg yolk. Such technique!
We were told their Madeleines are out of this world. So, refusing to share, we ordered 2 pieces and boy, loving the sour thang of the curd and the sweetness of the Madeleines. I came here with very high expectations and boy oh boy, Andrew McConnell, you did not disappoint me. Can’t wait to get in another time for lunch and I will definitely see you very very soon .
“Bread, milk and butter are of venerable antiquity. They taste of the morning of the world.”
– Leigh Hunt
45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria
P: 03 9650 1445
Mon-Sun: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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