The ability to make reservations for small groups at popular eateries in Melbourne is uncommon and it is a true test of one’s patience and their willingness to wait for good food. Cumulus Inc was a prime example. As a table of four, we were unable to book a table, but that didn’t stop as we tried our luck and walked in at 8PM on a Saturday night for dinner. We ended up waiting 45 minutes before we were given a table. Not as bad as I thought!
As ordered as soon as we sat down and then we were told it would be another 45 minutes wait for their famous slow roasted lamb shoulder. Yet, we were determined and ordered it regardless. While waiting for the lamb, we satisfied our hunger with a creamy duck parfait served with pieces of brioche toast. The parfait glided on the toast like butter and was a guilty start to our meal.
Knowing that we had a whole lamb shoulder to devour, we controlled our desires to order the pork rack and sirloin and instead decided to pair the lamb with an organic asparagus with ewe’s milk curd and rock flathead fish. Our asparagus dish came with more milk curd compared to asparagus but was very pleasant. I love cheese and this creamy ewe’s milk curd had a nice subtle flavour. We also enjoyed the subtle chermoula spice rub on the fleshy flathead fish which gave a nice flavour and this was served on a bed of borlotti beans.
And finally, the star of the show, the slow roasted whole lamb shoulder. The sheer size when it arrived on the table made me glad that there were four of us to share this monster dish. With a good even covering of fat, it bastes the meat during cooking and leaves an amazing crust of caramelised goodness. The meat just fell off the bone/joint. Marvellous!
Dinner at Cumulus Inc made me realised that I can happily wait for food, especially when you are rewarded with something as divine as this lamb shoulder. Despite the eatery being jam-packed with customers, staff managed the crowd with ease and there were smiles all around. The quality of the food was exceptional and it is evident why Cumulus Inc is still a popular and hyped restaurant despite being in Melbourne CBD for over 5 years.
Cumulus Inc | 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD