|Kitchen charcuterie selection|
|The bar seating and the kitchen|
|Lucy Margaux Sangiovese 2010*|
|Gobbling up half the sea|
|Roasted figs, goasts cheese (?), toasted brioche (I keep thinking it might have been the foie gras parfait...)|
|Grilled ox tongue, pickled chilli, paprika and parsley|
|Tuna tartare with crushed green pea salad|
|Fried soft shell crab, kimchi, kewpie|
|Roast Aylesbury duck breast, toasted grains. lentils, quince|
|Cauliflower with goats curd|
|Whole slow roast leg of lamb|
|Inside Cumulus Inc. Industrial meets minimalist|
|Malt parfait, spelt crumbs, soft chocolate, PX raisins|
|Madeleines filled with lemon curd|
Cumulus Inc. is labelled Modern Australian, which in the past, could have been anything from Teage Ezard's heavily-Asian-inflected cuisine to a pizza made with tofu. But as with all things, Modern Australian has come into its own, and really grown into that definition in recent years. Sure, there are still people trying to put miso onto zucchinis and putting it into a pasta bake, but we've come a long enough way that there is now a modern cuisine in Australia that one cannot eat it and say, "oh it's European-influenced". It's become a true, mature representation of the mix of cultures in the country, and simultaneously maximises the wonderful produce it has. The food at Cumulus uses ingredients that are not unfamiliar to the average diner, but they've re-imagined completely how they can be used, to brilliant effect. It's the result of time and experience. I'm delighted, proud, even, to call this Modern Australian.
*Thank you The Basket Press aka Mr.Wine Detective for identifying the label!
**In fact, Cumulus is busy every night - get there early!
45 Flinders Lane
+613 9650 1445
Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat-Sun 8am-11pm, no bookings unless for groups of over 14 people.
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In case you were wondering where the blog title came from, it's the first line of the Australian national anthem, Advance Australia Fair, the lyrics of which apply pretty well to this post!
Australians all let us rejoice
For we are young and free
We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea:
Our land abounds in nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare,
In history's page let every stage
Advance Australia fair,
In joyful strains then let us sing
Advance Australia fair.
Beneath our radiant Southern Cross,
We'll toil with hearts and hands,
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands,
For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share,
With courage let us all combine
To advance Australia fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia fair.