There’s something to be said for restaurants that can maintain their integrity, and don’t follow the fads and trends running through the industry at any given time. Cumulus Inc. is one of these.
A legend of Melbourne’s hospitality industry, it’s been looking after its dining clientele for a decade, offering modern Australian creations from morning to night. Along the way, it has embroidered itself into the fabric of the city, creating a name that provokes exclamations of pleasure from even the most critical food-focused friends.
Just who could ignite such a response? That would have to be Andrew McConnell, the Box Hill-born chef who has created an empire of remarkable restaurants dotted throughout Melbourne. His current collection includes the pan-Asian Supernormal in Flinders Lane and its younger, punchier cousin in St Kilda, Supernormal Canteen; Fitzroy staple Cutler & Co. and neighbouring wine bar Marion; as well as the much-loved Builders Arms Hotel and its Chinese dining room, Ricky & Pinky. He also has created his own gourmet butcher concept, Meatsmith, which supplies to both home cooks and restaurants across two locations in Melbourne.
During his time running kitchens, Andrew has surrounded himself with a collection of exceptional staff, espousing everything he stands for: real flavours, quality produce and a minimalist approach to dining. This is all in full flight at Cumulus Inc., where an expert team of chefs turns out dishes that celebrate Aussie ingredients, and floor staff that operate with autonomy, ensuring your every whim is satisfied.
Take a seat near the open kitchen to view what’s happening on the other side. If you’re there for breakfast, you might spot the House-Made Crumpets with whipped ricotta and rooftop honey being whisked out to a nearby businessperson, or a couple of friends sharing the Shakshuka And Marinated Mushrooms with black barley and 65/65 egg.
Come midday, the dishes are designed for afternoon eating, but the same classic techniques continue throughout. Charcuterie is given plenty of air-time with a comprehensive range of cured meats and accompaniments on offer. Create your perfect plate or let the kitchen do it for you.
Make sure you have plenty of time up your sleeve when dining at Cumulus Inc. Relax and enjoy leisurely grazing at its best. Enjoy Ethically Fished Rock Flathead, which is delicately served with fregola, chermoula and prawn, or the signature dish of Whole Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder, which is perfect for sharing between a few. You can pair both of these with a selection of sides, including baby cos with ruby grapefruit and spanner crab, or sprouting broccoli, tahini and black barley.
This same crafted approach to dining continues onto the drinks list, where a staggering number of wines, beers, cocktails and spirits sit, just waiting to be tried and tested. The extensive selection extends to the late night wine bar, Cumulus Up., where the same level of detail and considered beverage service is celebrated alongside a menu of wine-worthy dishes.