The menu is noteably more refined (read lighter) than the monster hash I had the day before, which was a good thing as having been in Melbourne for a full 24 hours I had pretty much not stopped eating.
I have a lot of new friends from Melbourne, Canberra apparently meaning the “meeting place” for Melbournians and Sydney Siders to meet on neutral territory and whole heartedly agree that they both come from cosmopolitan cities compared to the large town they currently live in. As a result, I hear some fancy things, like 65/65 egg. Now I know about 65/65 egg – I’ve tried one before but they are still exciting. I mean firstly, how do you get water to stay AT 65degrees. That is CRAY! I can barely get my water to stay at 100 and I;m sure that’s meant to be easier. And secondly, you are a cooking AN EGG for 65 minutes. I mean eggs are the 60 second dinner you have in the fridge. You always end up waiting for the bloody toast to pop.
Anyway, obviously, when I saw that they had a 65/65 egg with my favourite ground produce – mushrooms on toast I was sold. I don’t think I realised there was anything else on the menu. Oh, and a Madeleine (that is why I came back so soon, I swear).
Mum got house-made crumpets, which is another fancy amazing thing I get excited about. I mean how good are crumpets! But house/homemade ones are always super fluffy and delicious. And der, they were at Cumulus. Served with local honey and some butter it was the most refined breakfast I think I’ve ever had.
But then it went up a few notches. Because the Madelaine arrived. Cooked to order, this is apparently, one of the house specials, but I’m such a Melbourne novice I did not know that. The are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Just go get one!
The warm soft little cake felt almost healthy with the tartness of the lemon curd. It was so delicate and precious on it’s plate, begging you to devour it with your hands, but teasing you because it’s totally worth taking out your knife and fork and savouring it.