Cumulus Inc (breakfast)

45 Flinders Ln
Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 9650 1445

Yesterday was HOT. Like, REALLY HOT. Although I was inside my comfortable air-conditioned office building all day, I still had to walk from the office to my bus stop and then once my bus arrived at my stop, from that bus stop to my house. Now, I’ve never been to Hell but after walking in such sweltering heat, I can confidently say that Hell’s temperature couldn’t be much more worse than Melbourne’s temperature yesterday. And don’t get me started about last night’s god-awful mid-30 degree temperature. Bleh.

So anyway, I didn’t have to be at work until 9am this morning so I decided to go to Cumulus Inc for breakfast. Having been there for lunch a year ago, I was impressed and promised myself that I would return for breakfast. So here I was, sitting alone with my newspaper and about to take a few photos of the dish that had just been presented before me when my camera started rudely beeping. I must have frantically taken two measly shots before the battery went completely dead. Motherf*cker. Because of that, you guys will be bestowed of the rare honour of having a veryveryhungrycaterpillar entry with only. one. photo.

Yeah, I know. The horror.

That was my Tom Cooper’s smoked salmon, 65/65 egg, sorrel, apple and dill $17. Had it not been for my cafe latte ($3.50) and my two pieces of OMG-SO-AWESOME lemon curd madeleines ($2.50 each, sorry no photo because my camera had died at that stage), I would have probably left the place still hungry. But I didn’t. Although not as filling as some of the other choices such as The Full English breakfast ($18), the light and refreshing elements of the dish was more appropriate for a muggy 34 degree morning. The creamy avocado, the matchstick-sized Granny Smith apple pieces, the bits of sorrel and dill, the silky smoked salmon and the crunchy toasted sourdough all played a role in elevating the poached-in-its-shell egg (cooked at 65 degrees for 65 minutes) which was the centrepiece. Genius. The meal totally made my day.

That and the fact that the temperature has now dipped significantly to the point where I now need to sleep with a doona tonight.

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