Been a long absence over the last few months! Theres still some of my end of year trip I haven’t posted up yet but since I’m in Sydney this long weekend, decided to post some reviews of some new places we haven’t been. On this rainy day we ventured to LuMi in Pyrmont, opposite Star City. Felt a bit like docklands in Melbourne – the only difference is I’d never time at Docklands restaurants. My best mate chose this venue. 1. he was looking for a good deal and 2. he booked via qantas restaurants which means he gets 100 QFF points per diner. Win win.
It was absolutely empty when we got there. but was pretty packed by the time we left at 2pm.
Quite an open area with views of the harbour and decking surrounds.
Lunch consists of a 4 course menu including a dessert. Lumi has some Japanese influence in their dishes fused with what I call ‘modern’ Italian. For $55 dollars, you get the following. 1. Chawanmushi 2. Tonnarelli, candied orange and bottled squid 3. Kurobuta pork jowl w/spinach, cauliflower, kale & quinoa and 4. Ginger Ice Cream, White Chocolate, Passionfruit. You can also order from the A La Carte Menu. All the courses even mains were under $30 dollars which was quite good value, but portions were quite small.
Some drinks to start. I went for a La Mi Bionda Beer. Quite nice.
Had some Starter to start. Rice Chips & Salt and Vinegar. Quite light, yet crunchy at the same time.
First course was the Chawanmushi. Basically looks like the Japanese egg custard, but its Italian. lol No It has parmesan Consumme with Tomato water. It was a perfect starter IMO. they still served this in a Japanese bowl which was a nice touch as well, respecting the Japanese roots of this dish.
Next course was the Tonnarelli, candied orange and bottled squid. Again it almost tasted like miso with pasta, the textures and the al danteness of the pasta was excellent. My only problem with this was, it was too little…. But less is more right!? Definitely a modern italian dish, not the traditional pastas you get.
We were going to order 4 of the same, but my mate had other ideas, wouldn’t let his wife order that and wanted to order some from the a la carte menu. So we ordered Veal Tartare, Tarragon and buckwheat served with flat bread. Again, wonderfully presented, it seemed to have a bed of tarragon puree, layered with the veal tartare and some crunchy buckwheat on top. Divine combination.
I didn’t have the next dish, but apparently it was also a nice dish to have. Amatriciana in the can. And literally, i reckon you can fit the pasta in a can. It was that sort of portion.
For our main, we had pork jowl, quinoa, cauliflower with spinach leaves over the top. Reminds me of our Attica Dish.
Crispy pork jowl underneath. Never was a fan of pork jowl as its quite stringy at times, no crunch, soft usually but I guess if you can change the textures a bit, it makes a big difference.
Our friend had the Striped Trumpeter, black sesame seeds, daikon. Again lots of Japanese ingredients used in this dish. The fish was cooked perfectly and was delicious. Again portions were just too small.
Finally for dessert – Ginger ice cream, white chocolate, passionfruit. Nice dish to finish with some meringue shards on top
Overall, the dishes were lovely, quite a novelty to have a mixed Italian/Japanese influence. And to be honest, I don’t think there are many around. Italians tend to stick to their roots, and as the world changes all the time, its nice to see that it works quite well.
Rating : 15/20
Dish of the day : Go for the pasta
Vibe : Misses something, not sure what, maybe it was the weather.
Most Disappointing part : Still hungry after.
Would I come back : Definitely, maybe 8 courses should do the trick next time 😛