Before the arrival of Cumulus Inc. in 2008, many features now considered standard in Melbourne’s restaurants were not as common. Think all-day casual eatery with an expansive a la carte menu designed for sharing. Oh, and good wine, don’t forget the wine.
Today, and ever since its opening, Andrew McConnell’s visionary establishment brought casual all-day dining at a high culinary level and the widespread adoption of share plates into the city’s dining scene.
While McConnell didn’t single-handedly invent Flinders Lane as a dining destination, his restaurant undeniably contributed to Melbourne’s love of a casual eatery, with expansive windows and splashes of designer decor.
Whether you’re a seasoned food enthusiast or a curious traveller looking for a memorable dining experience, Cumulus Inc delivers an unforgettable journey through Melbourne’s flavours and the artistry of one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs. So, the next time you find yourself in Melbourne, add Cumulus Inc to your culinary bucket list—a place where food, community, and passion come together to create something truly special.
Cumulus Inc is tucked away in a historic building on Flinders Lane, where wall-sized windows frame the iconic culinary lane and people walking by. Inside, the restaurant’s interior features a sleek, minimalist, industrial design with high ceilings and an open kitchen, allowing diners to witness the bustle of a kitchen.
Over the years, Cumulus Inc has received numerous awards and accolades, solidifying its status as a Melbourne dining institution. From being listed in the prestigious ‘Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants’ to receiving glowing reviews from prominent food critics, the restaurant is known for its exceptional culinary offerings and outstanding hospitality.
Speaking of the menu, McConnell’s approach is all about showcasing Australia’s finest produce. The focus is on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients transformed into simple, wholesome dishes with a modern European flair.
There are a few perennial favourites that have become synonymous with the Cumulus Inc experience. The cured kingfish with citrus, fennel, and samphire is a delicate yet vibrant dish that quickly became a favourite. The lamb shoulder served with an anchovy, and rosemary sauce is another crowd-pleaser, showcasing McConnell’s talent for elevating classic dishes to new heights.
Although, if we’re being honest, you can’t go wrong with any dish, which is why the menu encourages diners to order several dishes to pass around the table. McConnell believes that food brings people together, and what better way to foster a sense of togetherness than by sharing a meal?