Lûmé, South Melbourne

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MELBOURNE | Since opening in 2015, Lûmé has always been about offering a theatrical and multisensory dining experience. We had the opportunity to speak to owner and head chef Shaun Quade a few months prior to visiting the restaurant, and in many ways talking to Quade reminded us of the sort of things we experienced when we dined at The Fat Duck in Bray. We agree that dining is about so much more than just great food – think of the times that you’ve eaten at a place where the food was merely acceptable but the night still excellent because of the great service, atmosphere and company. Of course, the best dining experiences nail all of the aspects.

When we visited, we opted to go for the “Proposition” degustation, which sees 4-5 courses optionally matched with either wine or tea (we went for the tea). Lûmés menu focuses on stimulating the sense, visually, textural and taste wise. This is apparent with the sea corn taco starter. The dish looks like a hard taco surrounding a piece of charred baby corn. However it is not what you think, in fact the baby corn is actually delicious creamy crab, topped with cured camel hump and finished off with marjoram to round of the dish.

Following the sea crab taco Lûmés signature dish pearl on the ocean floor is bought to the table. This plate is spectacular, a delicate “pearl” sat atop an oyster and jelly hidden in the sand with samphire and bush salt. The pearl is comprised of a miso and pine nut ice cream surrounded in a crispy white chocolate shell. Textually the pearl is gorgeously crisp on the outside, cold and salty on the inside with a slight creaminess. It’s truly a taste of the sea, evoking memories of seaside holidays.

The potato bread and eel honey is also incredibly satisfying. The spongy potato bread pairs beautifully with the light smokey, creamy and slightly sweet flavours provided by the butter and eel honey. Moving onto something more substantial, and another highlight is the salt grass lamb cooked in olive caramel and barbecued greens. The lamb is incredibly tender and a very well balanced dish.

To finish off the meal a meyer lemon and almond cloud dessert is served with an Amaro tea cocktail. The bitterness of the cocktail plays off nicely with the zest and mild sweetness of the deconstructed lemon curd, candy shell, custard and meringue. Another of Quade’s signature dishes, it’s easy to see why this dessert is a crowd favourite. It’s as fun to experience and “play” with as it is to eat.

When Lûmé first opened, there were a lot of mixed reports about the effectiveness of the concept, but over the years, it’s developed into something refined, special, and above all, fun. All in all, a spectacular meal that shows that fine dining isn’t dead, it’s simply evolving. Highly recommeded.

Lûmé

226 Coventry Street
South Melbourne
Victoria 3205
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9690 0185
E-mail: [email protected]
Website

Open
Tue – Fri: 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Sat: 11:30pm to 1:30pm; 5:30pm to 10:30pm

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Lauren has travelled extensively, allowing her to experience different cultures around the world. This has fed her desire to travel and try as many cuisines as possible. Lauren's appreciation for food is grounded in the philosophy that food has a unique way of telling a story about family, friends or struggles. She believes food is a way of preserving culture and the stories of the people behind them. This has inspired her to create recipes and design events that ensure food from different cultures is accessible at home.

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