226 COVENTRY ST, SOUTH MELBOURNE 9690 0185 RESTAURANTLUME.COM Fortune favours the bold at Shaun Quade’s fantastical fine diner. Lûmé is different from the first interaction, from prepaying your meal when booking to the unassuming frontage opening to a deep peach-coloured dining room.
Curious diners will love Quade’s dishes, up to 16 in a sitting showcasing his intricate, playful cooking. The Road menu opens with sea corn taco, its hero creamy crab custard masquerading as baby corn, and kicks on to petals of barbecued abalone with dry-aged emu in a kombu broth, and the signature ‘pearl on the ocean floor’ evoking seaside holidays with its raw oyster, mussel foam and sea succulents. Later, chewy ‘musk sticks’ of fermented passionfruit cleanse the palate, while olive oil ice cream delivers a lush wallop.
Interesting drink matching – both boozy and not – adds dimension to each course, as does eye-catching plating.
Since the get-go, Lûmé has marched to its own drum. Follow its beat and embrace the road less travelled. ■ Must-eat dish ‘ Pearl on the ocean floor’ ■ Cuisine Contemporary ■ Chef Shaun Quade ■ Price $$$$ ■ Bookings Yes ■ Open Lunch Sat; dinner Tue-sat ■ Instagram @restaurant_lume