Cumulus Inc. (45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne)

Last Friday I was lucky enough to have a ‘client lunch’ at Cumulus Inc., a well-reviewed and noted venue nestled among other great restaurants at ‘my end’ (the Spring St end) of Flinders Lane. The tapas inspired food was spectacular and the vibe suited the spacious but well-filled interior. From street level you are looking down into the bar that runs along the length of the shop, across the floor and then into the open kitchen that lines the opposite wall.

Decorative, designer light fittings and other quirky and elusively cool giant beakers and decorative (and some functional, I’m sure) items give the place an edge. We ordered a selection of dishes designed to be shared – smoked trout and dill special to start, smokey slow cooked octopus in aioli, tuna tartare on a bed of crushed green peas, spiced cauliflower with goats curd (not too goat-ish at all), rocket and candied walnut salad, and soft shell crab (delicious). We finished with coffee and a Madeleine filled with lemon curd.

The food was most impressive and we even had our lovely client tasting and enjoying foods she had not considered trying before/doesn’t eat (no really, she did like it!). I stuck to my usual Grey Goose and my boss David and our client enjoyed a glass of vino rosa from the extensive wine list.

The service was neat and helpful but not too obtrusive for a weekday lunch. I would love to bring my family here – I really think they’d enjoy the crisp freshness of the dishes that are clever but not too complicated.



  1. Never had any of these Kimberley. the spiced cauliflour sounds and looks good though! What is grey goose?…and why is it grey? surely it can’t be because of its age? 😀

    • hehe, grey goose must sound disgusting but it is actually a brand of Vodka so not that disgusting after all! The food was delicious – different but not too crazy, it still had its freshness and values of ‘simple fresh food is best’ even though it was spiced up. So much good food in Melbourne!

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