Cumulus Inc.

June 11, 2012 at 11:23 am (Australian, European, Melbourne CBD, Victoria)

There are a couple of places I can always fall back on when visitors say ‘Take me somewhere typically “Melbourne”‘ and Cumulus Inc. is one of them.  Also a good excuse to go and have something other than breakfast for a change 😛

The whole roast lamb shoulder never fails to impress but unfortunately, we were only two, and four of us could barely finish it last time.  So we decided to be sensible and order a few smaller dishes to share.

First up, foie gras parfait.  This was absolutely delicious; beautifully smooth, rich parfait, juicy raisins and a sweet dressing to cut through the fattiness of the foie gras, served with thin slices of sweet, toasted brioche.

Feeling indulgent, we then had roast Aylesbury duck breast on a bed of toasted grains, lentils and plum, with a cracked wheat, freekeh and preserved lemon salad on the side.  Nothing at all to complain about the crowd-pleasing mix of sweet and savoury flavours, along with interesting textures from the mixed toasted grains.  In hindsight, we probably should have ordered another salad for something texturally different but it’s hard to say no to the brilliant combination of freekeh, preserved lemon, barberries and yoghurt.

Dessert to share was a rum baba.  Seriously the biggest rum baba I have ever seen, served with a smooth, intense vanilla custard, with rum on the side so that you can add as much or as little as you like.  Yum.

Again, great food and, as usual, attentive service despite the crowd.  Thanks for making my job as tour guide easy.
 
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