Tiptoeing down Pyrmont Wharf along the wooden planks, I will tell you in advance that wearing high heels aren't the best idea. But this is soon forgotten once entering into a luminous glass box dotted with lights, whisked to our table beside the ceiling to floor glass window looking out to the pier. With a decent looking cocktail list, it wasn't long before we put our orders in.
Glancing around the room, I note the dark wooden flooring, comfy seating simply decorated with hanging lightbulbs and potted succulents in an assortment of glass open jars. Watching the action from the open kitchen, chefs working on both sides of the pass removing the era of separate kitchen and dining space.
With impressive credentials including Ormeggio at the Spit securing two Chef Hats, stints at Norma, Attica and training at Ryugin in Tokyo, I was curious to see how the chef, Federico Zanellato would marry all his experiences at his own restaurant.
Taking advantage of the bargain 8 course degustation at $95 with the option of matching wines. With snacks to start, salt and vinegar rice chips, tasty porcini bites with a walnut biscuit base, mussel coconut foam seaweed and finishing with focaccia with rosemary salted roast potato, did I say there was 8 courses to go?
The next dish is out of this world perhaps due to the fusion of Italian and Japanese cuisine. A steamed parmesan egg custard set in a bowl injected with tomato water consommé, sprinkled with basil and chilli. The result is marriage of flavours that I didn't think was possible.
Such pretty presentation of the calamari and scampi with perfectly placed cucumber segments, yoghurt and fennel, it seemed a pity to eat it but that I did and enjoyed every last bite.
This dish shows ravioli at its finest. Translucent discs of spelt ravioli filled with liquid pumpkin and burnt butter filling dressed with Avruga caviar and toasted pumpkin seeds and chives on top. Four seemed not to be enough of these beauties, I would like a plateful please.
Another delicious pasta dish of Tonnarelli with bottle squid, orange and sweet tasting purplette onion. Ribbons of an Italian and Japanese turnip is next, the texture and bitterness isn't to my liking but it is offset by the gruyere and dry liver.
The dish is covered in spinach leaf which we lift to discover the 12 hour slow cooked pork jowl, the first few bites we discover the tender pork with puree cauliflower and toasted quinoa.
If there was ever a palate cleanser, this would be my go to dish every time. Evergreen as it is titled, flavours of green from the lemon basil icecream, burst of flavour from herbaceious mint meringues quickly on the hunt for the flavour bursts of shiso jelly, parsley salt and sorrel sorbet .
To finish off, the ginger icecream with white chocolate, passionfruit and yoghurt crumble.
To say we felt full after this meal was an understatement. Impressed with the small gestures of providing two glasses to share the wine tasting experience. Lumi is definitely an exciting new fixture to Pyrmont, perfect for a gathering of friends, or in my case a romantic dinner for two. But my next thought is leisurely long lunches along the water's edge on my next day off. A parting message inscripted on the glass doors 'You are only confined to the walls you create', a fitting thought about the food I've just eaten and in life in general.