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HOT: Cumulus Inc, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

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In New York City, Dulcinea offers ‘a wholesome indulgence’ every Wednesday by subscription, whether that be jumbo rhubarb muffins, a blueberry lemon pound cake, or a half dozen strawberry scones. Similarly, Le Dolci is London’s first weekly cake club where subscribers can receive a bundle of home-baked goodness such as biscotti, scones, brownies, pies and Sicilian treats every Friday.

Australia has yet to launch such services (great business idea, anyone?) so the closest we get to baked-goods-on-demand are the madeleines at Cumulus Inc. These little breakfast indulgences ($2.50) are filled with lemon curd and come fragrantly fresh out of the oven within 15 minutes of your order.

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Other breakfast items we tried were the organic muesli with yoghurt, poached fruit and vanilla ($10), bircher muesli with grated apple, berries and almonds ($10) and grilled sourdough topped with sardines parsley, tomato and lemon ($13). All dishes were colourful and punchy with fresh flavours – although I would have liked to had a larger serving of sardines on toast for $13.

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Be aware that if you come for breakfast after 8am it gets very busy and food and coffee service becomes very slow. Not great when you’ve get to your desk by 9am.

For a change of pace, tomorrow you can read all about the eight-course degustation at Andrew McConnell’s other super-successful restaurant venture, Cutler & Co.

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2 comments for “HOT: Cumulus Inc, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne”

  1. I LOVE those madeleines! I’ve been to Cumulus Inc once for breakfast but not since because:
    1. Food is good but pretty small-portioned; and
    2. Service was kinda slow and I’m always late for something!
    I’ve always wanted to go back for dinner at some point but it’s kinda hard to stomach the waiting time – which I understand easily runs up to three hours. Can’t wait for your Cutler and Co post xx
    .-= Vee @ Munching (in) Melbourne´s last blog ..D.O.C =-.

    Posted by Vee @ Munching (in) Melbourne | December 1, 2009, 4:56 pm
    • Hi Vee

      I have to agree with you on all counts. Not since it first opened have I returned for lunch or dinner. Its popularity means it doesn’t work for me now, as I’m either pressed for time and/or really hungry.

      Jetsetting Joyce

      Posted by Jetsetting Joyce | December 3, 2009, 3:23 pm

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