For my birthday, my wonderful husband surprised me with dinner at Lûme! It’s been on my to eat list for a few months since opening with the big bang of “we’re going to be in the top 50 restaurants in the world” (paraphrased but you get the gist). We went the day before the announcement about the change in ownership, with 2 of the 3 originals leaving to go overseas. Not sure what this means for Lume, but none the less, here’s my review of the place.
Some things to note:
- Amazing interior. From the outside, you wouldn’t know that there was this beautiful restaurant with a open courtyard out the back hidden in the back.
- Have faith: you get very little info about what you’re eating and sometimes it gets a bit scary but in the end it all works out.
- Matching wine = 1 bottle. That’s a lot of wine. We were there on a school night so I could not partake. We did try the non-alcoholic match which was different (in a good way) and complimented the food nicely.
So without further ado, here’s what we ate…
Breakfast eel on burnt barley crumpet
Red summer fruit, dashi and citrus
Raw asparagus and calamari entrails warmed with saltbush butter – surprisingly the best dish of the night.
Emu tart with warm jersey milk and white geranium
Pearl on the ocean floor
Flinders island lamb perfumed with cherry wood, rhubarb, hibiscus and rose
Red beet baked in La Sirene Praline, raw cocao vinegar
Sea corn and pork fat
Barbecue ice with raw yabby tail, shitake and lemon aspen
Dry aged duck dressed with sour mulberries and elderflower vinegar – stunning
Cauliflower cheese with a pastry smoked over pear wood
Lambs blood ganache rolled in maple oats, native apple jam and riberry pepper
Blackberries, blueberries and sour goat’s milk
Jarusalem artichoke, La Sirene Praline, caramelised apple and chamomile
Cacao pod from Maralumi with notes of tobacco, green banana and currants – the picture doesn’t do this justice. It’s a very generous serve of chocolate delights.