Cumulus Inc. Finders Lane, Melbourne CBD

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Cumulus Inc. along Flinders Lane is my favourite Melbourne CBD spot for breakfast. It’s also number 15 of the 100 Top Australian Restaurants

The most popular brekkies were the Cumulus Inc. Breakfast $16 with boiled egg, toast, preserves, yogurt, orange juice and coffee and the House-made crumpets $10 with whipped ricotta and roof top honey.

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But I loved my Hibiscus poached pears with sheep’s milk yogurt $12.

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Exploring Melbourne CBD’s Top 100 Restaurants

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Last month I was lucky enough to spend time in the Melbourne CBD. So I set about working through the restaurants on the 100 Top Australian Restaurants list.

While many visits were brief (one can only eat so much) I was impressed by how unpretentious these top eateries are. I was welcomed equally whether I was there for a meal with company or dining alone and dropping by for dessert. I was also surprised at how accessible the prices are, something for every budget.

This week I’ll be working through the list, but here’s a bit of a preview.

#15 Cumulus Inc.

My favourite for breakfast

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#17 The Flower Drum

Not quite so accessible for the drop-in diner

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#20 Supernormal

On my list to return – creating something special

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#24 Movida

Must have the tapas

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#30 Embla

Excellent for a drink

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#34 Chin Chin

Fun dining

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#65 The European

Mmmm…

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And my verdict for the top…

Maha ( not actually on the list, but absolutely should be).

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And I need to add in  a great place to stay for this kind of project….

Hotel Grand Chancellor on Londsdale Street at only $103 a night.

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Still on my dining Wishlist is Ginger Boy!

 

The Kettle Black, South Melbourne – Insta heaven!

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Google ‘best brunch in Melbourne’ and The Kettle Black will be there!


The Melbourne Girl and Not Quite Nigella are both fans!

Read ‘picture perfect’ and I’m in!

And not disappointed…the food is gorgeous! To admire and to savour!

Very, difficult to choose…fortunately, there’s time while you wait for a table to peruse both the menu and Instagram!


Other diners also offer helpful tips…what they’ve loved on previous visits.

The mushrooms came highly recommended, but wanting something both sweet and very beautiful, I trusted Instagram and went for the SOAKED MUESLI WITH AUSTRALIAN GRAINS, HOUSE-MADE YOGHURT, SEASONAL FRUITS & FLOWERS
– great value at $14


It was everything I’d hoped it would be, satisfying, great balance of crunch with nuts and some biscuit crumb, creamy, sweet from the berries, but not too sweet and the fruits and edible flowers at real treat! Loved it.

My friend enjoyed her TATAKI OCEAN TROUT WITH A RAW KALE & PICKLED VEGETABLE SALAD, SEAWEED, ALMONDS & POACHED EGGS
– $21 also beautiful and delicious.


Other people’s dishes looked excellent too like the…

CONFIT FREE RANGE PORK, COMPRESSED PEAR, POACHED EGGS, BUTTER EMULSION
– $19

CAPE GRIM BEEF
WITH HOUSE-MADE MUSTARD, SEASONAL FRUIT RELISH & LEAVES ON THE KETTLE BLACK BUN – $23

And a very substantial HOTCAKE WITH RICOTTA, BLUEBERRIES, PURE MAPLE, DOUBLE CREAM, SEEDS & NUTS – $20

Once seated service is quick, but there’s no need to rush. Plenty of time to appreciate the artistry and take wonderful photos!

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Flying Duck, Prahran, Victoria – a friendly local

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The Flying Duck Hotel in Prahan, is a great all rounder.

Relaxed and casual it has a varied and interesting menu that includes dishes like…

Caprese salad – heirloom tomatoes, homemade ricotta and basil

Croquettes – semi dreied tomatoes and goat cheese with broccoli pesto

Salt and Pepper Squid and housemade kimchi salad with sushi

Aromatic grilled focaccia and housemade dips

Spanish-style ratatouille with baked egg, tomato, zucchini and eggplant

Spinach spaghetti with spanner crab, diamond clams and manzanilla wine

Gurnard, green mojo and potatoes cooked in papillote

Duck breast, served with chestnut puree and pine mushrooms

Vegetarian risotto with button mushrooms and parmesan cheese

300gm Porterhouse – grass fed steak with mushroom sauce. roquette slad and hand-cut chips

Side of green beans

Dessert plate!

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Red Spice Road, Melbourne CBD

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Red Spice Road in McKilllop Street has an amazing decor.

Best visited with a group as guests are all seated together, bench-style and it’s noisey.

Wine by the half caraffe is geneous and a good choice for two people, offering four small glasses.

There’s a good early bird express menu….which is when it’s also quiet, …

Mains from the Express Dinner Banquet  – $55 per person

Chicken adobo – Filipino style chicken w/ soy, vinegar, black pepper, ginger & green onion
Massaman beef, potato & pineapple curry
Yellow noodle, peanut, coriander, chilli salad

Crispy barramundi, green papaya, toasted coconut, herb salad Pork belly, apple slaw, chilli caramel, black vinegar

…..but for a later supper with a drink good choices to share are….

Steamed bao, lemongrass pork, mint, pickled daikon (2 pce) $14

Hunan style lamb ribs‐twice cooked ribs w/ green onion, chilli, Sichuan pepper, sesame $19

Peanut butter parfait – Salted peanuts, fresh coconut, honeycomb, warm chocolate16*contains nuts $16 – not perhaps as good as other dessert choices

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Cookie, Melbourne CBD

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Stylish and full of energy, Cookie is a very popular Melbourne eatery on Swanston Street, that does still take bookings.


It’s noisy and busy, but the food is truly amazing!

Excellent dishes include…
Taro dumplings with chilli soy $16 – crispy fish salad with green papaya & pickled crab $23.50

Sour pork belly salad with ginger, peanuts & curried rice balls $25.50

Crispy fish salad with green papaya & pickled crab $23.50

Barramundi fillets in banana leaf, red curry with coconut and basil $37

Steamed rice $4

Roti bread $5.50

Not BYO

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