Foie gras

Cumulus Up

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Oysters

= ★★★

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Fried chickpeas with spiced salt

= ★★★★★

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Olives and pickles

= ★★★

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Smoked ocean trout, Jerusalem artichoke and lemon

= ★★★★

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Kitchen charcuterie selection (smoked brisket, prosciutto, salami)

= ★★★

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Cracked wheat & freekeh salad with barberries

= ★★★

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Lentil Salad

= ★★★

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Duck waffle, foie gras, prune

= ★★★★

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Roast potatoes and confit garlic

= ★★★

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Lettuce and candied walnut salad

= ★★

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Confit duck leg, parsnip and sauce Bourguingnon

= ★★★★

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Chocolate ice cream sandwich, salted caramel

= ★★★

Overall:

I got really excited as soon as I saw ‘Fried chickpeas’ on the menu as I’ve had them before at Cumulus Inc and found them to be totally amazing. Looking through the menu there were so many things that we wanted to try so we decided to go with the Chef’s Selection. Now this turned out to be the best decision ever as the food was sensational and there was just so much of it! The staff were helpful and professional, and the decor was rustic yet very sleek. If you like Cumulus Inc then you would no doubt like its smaller upstairs sibling. This is certainly a place I would happily return to.

Cumulus Up

45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

8658 3110

http://cumulusinc.com.au/up

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Albert St Food and Wine

382 Sydney Rd, Brunswick 8354 6600

 

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Crisp pork cheek, scallop, quince, pickled cucumber

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Foie gras parfait, toasted brioche, peach & ginger chutney

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Chicken, truffle butter, jerusalem artichoke puree

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Yellow Fin tuna, white ratatouille, green olive & almond pistou

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Valrhona chocolate tart, ‘Poire Belle Hélène’

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Meyer Lemon Tart

Thoughts:

Pork cheek and scallop – the pork was melt-in-your-mouth delicious while the scallop was well cooked but didn’t quite stand out. The serving size of this dish was quite small = Good

Foie gras parfait – large serving size of standard parfait and okay brioche = Not bad

Chicken – one of the specials, tender chicken that was very well flavoured = Good

Yellow fin tuna – I was a bit disappointed with this dish. The tuna was bland while the ratatouille and pistou were uninspiring = Not bad

Chocolate tart – the sweet Poire Belle Hélène (poached pear) and the not overly creamy vanilla bean ice cream were the perfect accompaniments to the intense chocolate tart = Good

Lemon tart – Highly delectable with an amazing balance between sweet and sour = Excellent

Overall:

The real reason why I came here was for Phillipa Sibley’s lemon tart, and my high expectations of it were definitely fulfilled. Everything else I sampled was good but not amazing . Thus I say come to this place for the dessert.

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