Cumulus Inc needs no introduction, but I’ll give you one anyway. One of the busiest restaurants on Flinders Lane, Andrew McConnell’s creation takes no bookings, which means the small space is bustling all night long, and if you get there past 6pm, prepare to wait out in the cold.If you do manage to grab yourself a table however, two types of bread will be placed in front of you after you have placed your order, with some freshly churned butter on the side.
Because this was a celebratory dinner, I started off the night with a cocktail. The originale was quite simple in flavour, although the mint was quite refreshing.
While sipping on the cocktail, we nibbled on some high quality charcuterie. Our waitress did not go through all of the items on the plate, but I remember loving the small pieces of some sort of salami, it had a very strong umami flavour.
The pickled chillies were both spicy and sour, and was a nice palate cleanser between tasting the various types of cold cuts.
I can’t seem to find this on the menu, but from memory, it was a light and refreshing salad, just what we needed to tone down the roasted lamb shoulder.
Onto the star of the night, a visit to Cumulus Inc is not complete without ordering the roast lamb shoulder. They weren’t kidding when they said the lamb shoulder was to share, thank God there were four of us!
The lamb were slow roasted to perfection, while still pink inside. The skin was crispy, and the jus was lovely. Although a tad more seasoning would’ve helped, it already left us feeling contempt with our meal.
But hey, why stop there? For dessert, we got the simple yet stunning freshly baked madeleines. The madeleines were soft and spongey, and the lemon curd added a touch of freshness.
Due to the no booking policy and the relatively small space, you definitely wanna rock up before 6 to secure a table, otherwise, a wait is to be expected.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Cumulus Inc, and am already eyeing a number of the smaller dishes to share on my next visit!
How to get there:
Cumulus Inc is located on Flinders Lane, five minutes walk from Parliament station.