Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cumulus Up @ Melbourne

This first-floor wine bar that launched this past year on Flinders Lane, upstairs from chef Andrew McConnell's immensely successful Cumulus Inc, proved to be a hive of activity on one recent Wednesday evening, buzzing with Melburnians seeking a delicious dinner to drive away the work-week blues.

This is the sort of venue where customers should come ravenous; even though the menu isn't exceptionally extensive, everything from the peppered butcher's steak with pomme frites ($32) to the pappardelle with mushrooms & pecorino ($24) sounds tempting & seems to surface in mighty portions (once we're past the olives with pickles, that is).

Cumulus Up's signature treat is its duck waffle, with confit duck meat & skin mixed with buckwheat flour for the batter, topped with foie gras parfait & prune puree. Playfully pleasurable, arrestingly addictive.

When visiting the state of Victoria, consume oysters as often as possible _ advice that we were happy to accept here. 

Double-smoked 'large black' ham ($14), marvellous for mindless munching.

Gnocchi that's fluffy with ricotta cheese, pine nuts, oregano & citrus-infused burnt butter, a terrifically tasty recipe.

Spiced lamb ribs ($4.50 each), tender & flavoursome meat with a creamy smoked tomato sauce.

Roast chicken isn't an afterthought here, hearty comfort food with grilled leeks, peas & cos lettuce ($32 for half a chicken) ...

... well-partnered with sides of potatoes (irreproachably prepared) & a basic salad made more enjoyable with hard-boiled eggs. 

Desserts are simple but satisfying: Can't-fail profiteroles with chocolate sauce & house-made vanilla ice cream, strawberry Eton mess & rum baba with creme patissiere.

And of course, lots of wine & cocktails are available to keep the crowd very happy till very late.

Cumulus Up
45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia






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14 comments:

  1. Duck waffles? Gee!!! First time, seeing a waffle that's not sweet. I love duck though - must be good! Groan...the double-smoked ham. It's killing me....slurpssss!!!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: oh yeah, i love savoury waffles, and this one was just ducky, heheh :) i can't remember too much about the ham, but i think we finished it really fast! :)

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  2. Mmmmm.....roast chicken? Lamb? Wow! :)

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    1. Linda: a meaty meal, for sure :)

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  3. duck waffle, with confit duck meat & skin mixed with buckwheat flour for the batter, topped with foie gras parfait & prune puree - OMG!!!!!

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    1. Rebecca: glad we ordered that one! :)

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  4. Aiya, I didn't have any oyster this trip. Have to wait another three months...

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    1. CK: ooo, hopefully the three months will pass by quickly and happily ... oysters will be waiting for you in KL! :)

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  5. Oh my, the duck waffle looks like something I would really enjoy! You seem to be in Australia pretty often nowadays. :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, well, i wouldn't mind heading Down Under more often :) but yeah, that duck waffle was wonderful, pretty brilliant :)

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  6. You went all the way to Australia? Any thoughts about blogging on the food establishments in WA? =)

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    1. Waverly: someday, i hope! but not in the next few months, heh :)

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  7. Ahh... yes! Oysters.... the more the merrier :D

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    1. Ken: true, i only managed to have one oyster at this outlet, and i'd have been merrier with more, heheh :)

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