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Cumulus Inc. Restaurant

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Published September 17th 2012

A short stroll from notable restaurants like Pei Modern and PM24 and located on Flinders Lane, just behind Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, is Cumulus Inc. Housed in the same building as fortyfivedownstairs, one of the exhibition venues for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, the restaurant is Andrew McConnell's showcase in the heart of Melbourne's art and fashion precinct. Cumulus Inc joined other dining establishments in transforming Lionel's Melbourne into an gastronomic adventure, including Longrain, Grossi Florentino, Comme, La Vita Buona, Saint's Peter, The Little Press,
Chin Chin, Miss Chu, and the Cricketer's Bar in Hotel Windsor for the city's Look.Stop.Taste Food Festival. The festival showcases the abundant local culinary creativity in celebration of Victoria's proud food history and the State Library of Victoria's Gusto! Exhibition.

I entered into a whitewashed warehouse space with red coloured industrial load-bearing pillars, flanked by high industrial windows that shed light on a dark wood bar on my left and a white marble bar overlooking the open kitchen on my right. Round tables and banquette seating dominated the centre. The restaurant with 50% covers kept waiting staff moving around and the team of youngish looking chefs busy about the kitchen at 4pm.

I ordered the grilled octopus with smoke paprika and basil organised for Look.Stop.Taste. It came with a glass of Sherry at AUD15. The accompanying dollops of aioli supported the slightly burnt and tender flesh of the octopus tentacle pieces. The nearly melt-in-your-mouth soft texture of the octopus hinted at the application of slow-cooking techniques. I found the dry sherry an unusual companion and would have preferred something fresher and crispier to the palate. Despite the continuous flow of customer traffic, service remained attentive, friendly and efficient. I can see why this casual and airy eatery is popular with Melburnians.
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Why? With all the talk about Andrew McConnell's Cumulus Inc, I had to give the restaurant a try. Decided to start with the grilled octopus with smoke paprika and basil prepared for Look.Stop.Taste.
Phone: (03) 9650 1445
Where: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: AUD15 for Look.Stop.Taste
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