LuMi Bar & Dining has been on my radar well before its opening in September last year. I don't keep my love for Ormeggio at the Spit a secret, where LuMi owner and executive chef, Federico Zanellato, was head chef for 4 years before leaving to open his own venture with restauranteur, Bill Drakopoulos. After several booking changes due to circumstances beyond my control, I finally made it to LuMi on Friday night with my wife.
LuMi is located in Pyrmont in a space that resembles a glass box. Lumi is Italian for small lights, reflecting the multitude of pendent lights hanging from the ceiling. LuMi is also the combined name of Federico Zanellato's twin daughters, Luna and Mia.
|Federico Zanellato in the open kitchen|
LuMi is pitched as a casual fine dining restaurant and offers an 8 course degustation-only menu for dinner. At $95, LuMi represents unrivalled value in a city where $100+ tasting menus are the norm. The food is modern Italian with Japanese influences. As always, my wife had the vegetarian menu.
|Porcini brisee, mascarpone, walnut; Rice chips salt and vinegar|
|Mussels, coconut, seaweed|
|Potato & rosemary focaccia|
|Calamari & scampi, cucumber, yogurt, fennel|
|White cucumber, apple, sour cream|
|Veal tartare, tarragon emulsion, roasted capsicum, buckwheat|
|Roasted capsicum, tarragon emulsion, buckwheat|
|Spelt ravioli, burnt butter, pumpkin, avruga, chives|
|Tonnarelli, bottle squid, orange, purplette onion|
|Risotto, tomato, balsamic, fennel, chives|
|Beef cheek, cauliflower, parsley|
|Turnip, gruyere, porcini powder|
|Ginger ice cream, white chocolate, passion fruit, yogurt crumble|
Highlight: Evergreen is one of my favourite desserts in Sydney at the moment.
Lowlight: I am not the biggest fan of the glass box design of the restaurant.
Overall: At $95, LuMi Bar & Dining represents some of the best value on the Sydney fine dining scene, especially given the talents of the head chef, Federico Zanellato. The food here is some of the most innovative, thoughtful and clever you will find. A shoe-in for hats from the next edition of the Good Food Guide. 8.5/10 (Excellent)
LuMi Bar & Dining
Contact no: (02) 9571 1999