Cumulus Inc., Melbourne

by lex on February 13, 2014

The bar

The bar

We arrived in Melbourne with a never ending list of cafes to check out for breakfast. But then we slept in and couldn’t really be bothered traipsing all over town to reach the places on said wish list. So we ended up at Cumulus Inc. around the corner from our hotel. Having eaten brekkie at Cumulus Inc. previously we knew we were in for a good feed and had no qualms returning. And so after having dined at Cutler & Co. the night before it suddenly became an Andrew McConnell kind of 24 hours.

Piccolo – Single Origin Coffee House Blend #7 (Organic, Fair trade) ($3.80).

On this visit we were seated at the bar with a nice view of the drinks team doing their thing and the bright morning light streaming through the windows. As always the coffee at Cumulus is fine. Their blend from Sydney’s Single Origin roasters produced a robust piccolo and just the caffeine hit required for a day wandering Melbourne’s laneways.

Piccolo - Single Origin Coffee House Blend #7 (Organic, Fair trade)

Piccolo - Single Origin Coffee House Blend #7 (Organic, Fair trade)

Shakshouka – baked eggs with roasted peppers and shanklish ($16.00).

There were three things I’d always wanted to try at Cumulus – the crumpets, fresh madeleines and the shakshouka. As I’d had both the crumpets and a madeleine on our first breakfast stop at Cumulus a few months prior it goes without saying I knew what I was having before we entered the building.

Shakshouka is quite a common breakfast dish in Sydney and Melbourne these days, but that doesn’t mean it’s always done very well. I had high hopes for Cumulus’ shakshouka and I’m pleased to say they did not let me down. Cumin permeated the dish without dominating the sauce of tomato and roasted peppers. Fingers of Turkish bread the perfect thing to mop up the sauce. But the real highlight for me was the baked eggs themselves. Really nicely cooked, fresh and super tasty eggs evidently coming from happy chooks. I could quite happily eat this for breakfast every day.

Shakshouka - baked eggs with roasted peppers and shanklish

Shakshouka - baked eggs with roasted peppers and shanklish

Heirloom tomatoes & goats curd on toast ($12.00).

Dylan’s not much of a breakfast person. I usually drag him along with me as my tummy is known to wake me up in the morning grumbling loudly. I cannot start the day without breakfast but Dylan could take it or leave it. As long as he has coffee he’s happy. So it came as no surprise when he said he wasn’t particularly hungry and unsure what to order.

After the most exquisite tomato entrée at Cutler & Co. it was the heirloom tomato special that drew him in for another tomato hit. Light and fresh the tomatoes were vibrant and flavoursome, their colour merely hinting at the flavour within. A dish with clean flavours and no mucking around. Basil oil worked wonders with the tomatoes and goats curd. Dylan particularly enjoyed the way the tomatoes were slightly warmed through. It couldn’t beat my Cutler & Co. entrée but it was a delicious start to the day.

Heirloom tomatoes & goats curd on toast

Heirloom tomatoes & goats curd on toast

Two very different dishes but both hit the spot. Our second brekkie at Cumulus Inc. was just as good as the first, though next time I’m definitely ordering a canelé. Sated and full of energy we set off for a day wandering the beautiful city that is Melbourne.

Cumulus Inc.
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000 ‎
(03) 9650 1445
Cumulus Inc. Website

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Drool Worthy World June 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Those baked eggs look incredible! I must check this place out next time I visit Melbourne! 😀
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