Cumulus Inc is one of Melbourne’s must-do’s for breakfast. But I slept in and missed it by ten minutes. Our plans for breakfast quickly turned into an extravagant long lunch.

Cumulus Inc - interior

The restaurant is in the middle of preparing for the switchover between
breakfast and lunch so we’re directed to the wait at the bar.

Cumulus Inc - bar

We have our coffees while waiting and (due to a combination of impatience and laziness) decide to stay seated at the bar for our meal.

Cumulus Inc - latte

Soon after picking our selection of share plates, a small cast iron plate of housemade bread is served. It is light and fluffy with a cheesy crust. With a generous smear of butter, it is just irresistibly divine. So much so, that when offered a top-up, I don’t hesitate to say yes.

Cumulus Inc - bread

Our first plate is the soft shell mud crab ($22). It’s a tad too salty but the batter is brilliantly crunchy and the robustness of the crab makes this dish such a treat.

Cumulus Inc -soft shell crab

Next we move onto the ‘fish’ section and have the tuna tartare with crushed green pea salad ($35.20). Cubes of glistening tuna are lightly dressed and sit on top of a refreshing bed of mashed peas and mint. The flavours are light, delicate and perfect.

Cumulus Inc -tuna

There are about ten items on the charcuterie menu but seeing it’s only my first time dining here, I go for the kitchen selection ($28.60) for a bit of everything. We get some wagyu bresaola with beetroot and almond, hand cut Sicilian salami, rabbit terrine with prune and caper relish and prosciutto di Parma.

Cumulus Inc -charcuterie

Also from the fish selections is the John Dory with miso buttered leeks and diamond clams ($39.60). I love the nutty overtones of the miso butter. It goes really well with the firm but flaky fish. It’s such a seductive dish overall.

Cumulus Inc -fish

Lastly, from the salads and comestibles, we have the organic carrots with almond cream and harissa ($18.70). You’d think for almost twenty bucks, they’d better be extraordinary… And they are. The carrots are so fresh and full of flavour, they stand on its own as a dish, not a side.

I think this dish sums up Cumulus Inc quite well. Everything on the menu is simple but spectacular; on their own, they’re all fabulous snacks, but together, it’s a symphony for my tastebuds.

Highly worth the damage it made to my credit card 🙂

Cumulus Inc -carrots

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45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC
Phone: (03) 9650 1445

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.