CUMULUS INC.

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$41 to $100
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CUMULUS INC. Eating House and Bar opened in 2008 in Melbourne’s famous art and fashion precinct, Flinders Lane. Celebrating the historic turn of the century rag trade building in which it is located, the space is a busy social hub offering Andrew McConnell’s acclaimed food. The space, designed by Pascale Gomes-McNabb, is light and classic. CUMULUS INC. is open throughout the day, seven days a week, whether it be for a coffee, snack, drink or a meal. Breakfast until 11.30am is done simply; organic muesli or perhaps the Full English, with farmhouse slab bacon and smoked tomato. Lunch and dinner include dishes designed to share, charcuterie, oysters shucked to order, salads or the whole roast lamb shoulder.
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J
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

A bit of a serving muck up. Potatoes didn't come - and then when I checked they had been taken off the bill was assured they had - but they had not! We are regulars and this is the first ever mistake - Oopps!

M
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

My first dining experience at Cumulus Inc was lovely - hospitable service and delish food (highlight for me were the tuna tartare and the coconut & kiwi meringue dessert)! Feedback for ambiance - I did notice that the floorboard kept creaking when walked over, which made our dining table (seating 4) rock from side to side. Whilst there was no liquid spillage (i.e. drinks) from the rocky table, it may be worth looking into the table placement - otherwise a fantastic experience overall! I'll definitely be back next time, thank you. :)

d
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

one of my favourite restaurants. Every time i travel to melbourne, I try to come for a meal. My wife had a great 3hr dinner, enjoying food and connecting.

DS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

The food did not have much flavor and we ordered a variety of dishes. It was overpriced for what it was. The service was terrible for a multitude of reasons. We were a party of 6 squished into a tiny table, where we had to ask the people behind us to move so we could get in. Not impressed at all. Very disappointed, as this place has received great reviews. I will not be back.

J
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Loved it! Quite pricey but great food, attentive customer service, sat at the kitchen bar as was on my own and felt part of the crowd. Overall an excellent evening out!

MD
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is always good here, but you need to tell the wait staff how you want your plates served and the timing, otherwise you run the risk of the food arriving at different intervals and not in the order you might have wanted. Service was excellent and we had a great time.

M
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

When first arriving we were not wowed. We had booked a table for 8:30 and were not seated until almost 8:50, we even ordered food and had our first course of meals come out before we were offered a drink. How ever. A hospitality super star at the venue named Chris swooped in and saved the day. He offered us a cracker of a wine pairing, premium service and went above and beyond and did everything in his power to make sure we left laughing and feeling like we were at home. My partner and I both enjoy dining out quite a bit and are always looking for new and exciting venues to eat at and We would be delighted to return. The food was pretty tasty, the lamb definitely was the star of the show but honestly our evening was made by Chris. Thanks for having us guys. We’ll be back.

CJ
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We dined here on Sunday evening. Very lovely experience, all the food was very good! Well presented, tasty and cooked very well. I couldn’t fault it. Service also was very good. Would definitely recommend. Thank you

JS
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The tuna tartare did not taste like described. Appeared to have no dressing.

DW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The attentiveness of staff was excellent. They timed the food to perfection. The dishes were unique and excellent.

D
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food and service friendly staff and atmosphere

TD
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious dinner, overlooking the kitchen, oysters, some raw tuna, and a delicious pork cutlet with sides for mains... fantastic and balanced beer list with the Fixation Obsession ticking all the boxes there. A range of wines by the glass we tried a pinot that delightful. Will be back for sure!

V
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Coming to Melbourne, I wanted to treat myself to a nice restaurant. Cumulus Inc kept popping up on all the websites I looked at, so I made a booking. I just left the restaurant, and I’m very disappointed with my dining experience. Upon entering the venue, we were not greeted and had to stand around and wait to be noticed.

I ordered the “Marinated razor back prawns” for entree. There were a few shrimp (not prawns) swimming in the less than pleasant sauce on my plate. Ridiculously tiny portion for the price. The onions and baby carrots in the dish do not compliment the prawns and weren't enjoyable to eat at all. Very disappointed with this dish.

The online menu was different to the menu that was presented tonight, which was really disappointing as I already had my heart set on the “Roast celeriac, Parmesan and Otway Shiitake” and had to order the Ricotta Pie instead. The pie was very disappointing. My mum makes a better ricotta pie and doesn’t charge $40 for it. It was very bland, plain and a huge portion compared to the entree, that I couldn’t even finish, more so because of the lacking flavour than the size. I couldn't even see or taste any ricotta - it was all wilted greens.

My Mum was the first to receive her main, with mine nowhere in sight. Upon asking the chef if my dish will be coming out, he answered - "Do you want it to be?" Not sure why the two main dishes weren't prepared to arrive to the two diners at the same time, as this just added to the negative experience.

I wasn’t impressed with the food or with the service. For the price you pay to dine here, I expected a lot more. If I could turn back time and have dinner elsewhere, I would, as I feel like I wasted my money. I won’t be returning.

KR
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved it! A relaxed and unfussy vibe, but excellent quality dishes with amazing flavours and top notch wines by the glass.

d
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Meal was sensational
Will be back for sure
It’s up there with one of the best meals I’ve ever had

S
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved it! Although packed in and noisy it all added to the experience- food and service amazing. Highly recommend it.

SS
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to Cumulus before for breakfast.
This was our first time for dinner and we were taken on an adventure of tastes and delights.
We tried the chef tasting menu and tried dishes which I would have not usually ordered. The tuna was mouthwatering, and oh my goodness, how do you get asparagus to taste sooo good!!
Thank you so much for a wonderful night, and a beautiful way to celebrate our 31st anniversary.

LG
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Favourite restaurant in Melbourne!
Great food.......not one bad dish on the menu!

TR
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

Food was amazing. Unfortunately service was lacking, had to ask for our wine to be topped up when we ordered a bottle.

OT
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Wonderful selection on the grazing option. Staff were sublime. Good wine list. All in all a perfect evening

N
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Excellent food and service. I have a ridiculous list of dietary restrictions and they were so accommodating. The food was top notch even with all the changes they made for me, never felt like what I was eating was below par.

CR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Great food….but

The food was great Beef tartare, tarragon & anchovy toast then Goldband snapper, clams, kohlrabi & nettles and the Rare breed pork cutlet, pickled witlof & butcher's sauce, with a side of roast potatoes, confit garlic & sage......but:

The table was booked 2 weeks in advance though we were shown to bar stools opposite the kitchen.
Despite many requests to bring the wine it arrived after we had finished the beef tartare.
Noise levels were massive conversation was difficult.
Fish arrived first the pork followed later as dishes should be shared?
The roast potatoes never arrived.

KM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was brilliantly cooked, well paced and well delivered. Thank you to the Cumulus staff

J
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's not my first time at Cumulus Inc, this time I took a friend. The food was again immaculate in terms of presentation, freshness and the creativity of the menu. My friend and I will definitely revisit and share the restaurant within our circle of contacts.

IR
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I bought overseas colleagues to Cumulus. We ordered the Chef's Selection Menu (Sample) meal and we were not disappointed. Outstanding dishes were the Black barley, romanesco & bagna cauda AND Tuna tartare, goat's curd & crushed pea. The only blip was the lamb shank, which could've been more tender and lacked flavour.

C
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I’ve eaten at Cumulus three times now and as before really enjoyed the evening. The lamb was, as always, stunning. I must say that a couple of the ‘mid way’ courses were not quite up to the high standard I have enjoyed previously; that is not to say that they weren’t good, but rather that they lacked exception. I am looking forward to the next meal here; the dessert was also delicious

ST
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Impeccable service of interesting, delicious food .

DA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We have dined at Cumulus a number of times over the past 20 years

We have always found the menu innovative and always enjoy the decision of trying something different.

Really enjoyed our dining on Tuesday night and discussions with our Argentian waitress, not only about the food but her"journey" to leave her home to find a better life in Australia.

Service was very timely, but not rushed

j
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

food was amazing. the service could have been more attentive and we didnt get 2 of the items we ordered.

VW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful food albeit it shy on vegetarian options. A humming noisy ambience that is vibrant but makes hearing difficult. Bring a healthy wallet.

KS
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food - great service. Waitress came & apologised when it took a long time for the cheese we ordered to come. It was a very enjoyable dining experience for a long friday lunch with work colleagues!

FL
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We can't really fault our experience at Cumulus Inc.

We were seated at the bench and could see all of the food being prepared. The food was simply amazing - we chose the chef's selection and were able to sample a variety of dishes.

Our only suggestion is for the chefs to be mindful they are on display - there was 1 particular chef who couldn't help but sneak a few bits of food from plates that were being prepared for diners.

This won't stop us from going back however as overall the experience was fantastic.

FM
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food was variable- some was fine, some was not so good. Steak was not medium rare, more medium- well done. Marrow was slimy and off putting. Duck hearts were great, as was the snapper.
Staff were attentive and friendly, some small confusion with our ordering, but overall they were great.

l
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love everything just a bit too open and cafe ish but has the best standard of fine dining in the whole of Melbourne

MT
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to celebrate my wife’s birthday. We ordered the chef choice menu and it was superb.

Each round had so many great dishes.
Tuna Tatare
The one with the broccolini and the kale
Lamb shoulder

Had a great grapefruit Soda as well

All great! We were so full by the end of it. A great array of flavours.

AG
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! Loved the food and customer service! Will definitely be back

BF
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

The service was good but the food has gone downhill. I think when you spend almost $600 for 4 people you would get a little more flavor an overall better experience.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We opted for the chefs menu and everything was absolutely delicious

F
London
22 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Was a bit disappointed in our meal at Cumulus as had heard good things, service was not as would be expected and whilst some of the food was good, some was a bit average.

YZ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cumulus Inc. never fails each time I visit when I'm in Melbourne. The starters were excellent, the mains generous and delicious, and the desserts were divine (try the madeleines especially). Watching the kitchen team doing their magic by the countertop was a bonus. A splendid evening.

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