Lume Uses Japanese Cooking Techniques to Present Newborn Dishes in French-Italian Cuisine.
Last October, a casual Haute restaurant and lounge called Lume opens its door and brings a whole new experience of French-Italian cuisine. Located at Jalan Suryo No. 30, Senopati, Lume is founded by the Executive Chef Nicola Mondelli who is eager to make the restaurant and lounge different from any other places. With years of experience, Chef Nicola wants to give a newborn to French-Italian cuisine by combining his old world artisanal savoir-faire with Japanese technique. “So, we mix innovation and tradition. We give a new light to French-Italian cuisine,” he said.
When The Peak visited Lume, Chef Nicola showed the new light that Lume has given to their dishes through a simple yet tantalizing appetiser, Pork Gyoza. Unlike any other gyoza, Lume’s Pork Gyoza is tasty pan-seared gyoza with a touch of Italian taste. The gyoza’s skin is made based on traditional Japanese gyoza recipe, but it’s filled with the mixture of pork belly and ricotta which is the same filling for Italian ravioli. Adding more highlight of the Italian taste, the dish is served with creamy mushroom sauce and balsamic reduction. “When I say we use Japanese cooking technique, I mean we take their tradition and we apply it to our taste,” Chef Nicola added.
One of the signature dishes that can’t be missed in Lume is Sausage and Broccoli. The dish using a kind of pasta that might not be common for many people called Orecchiette, which shape looks like a small ear. In Lume, the Orecchiette is freshly made from the mixture of flour and Semolina. Thus, the pasta is chewy and has a little bit of rough texture that helps to grab the tasteful sauce and perfectly combined with spiced Spanish pork sausage, also sautéed broccoli.
To top off the meal, there is a Coffee Semifreddo Dome which has a very interesting way to enjoy. Once it’s on the table, cracked the dome with a spoon and find the frozen meringue topped with sliced strawberry and blueberries inside, then poured it with toffee caramel. Coffee Semifreddo Dome is a dessert that suits everybody’s palate since it has a lot of flavours in one plate. It’s sweet and has strong coffee flavour from frozen meringue that balanced with the sour of berries and the bitter of dark chocolate.
Aside from the mouth-watering dishes, Lume also provides various drinks to brighten up the day. From the cocktail line, Last Duchess is a must-try. The red-coloured drink made from a combination of vodka, black cherry water, lemon, and rose that gives sweet and fruity flavour. For those who prefer a non-alcoholic drink, Elderflower Sour mocktail can be an option. The mocktail served in a lovely presentation with Elderflower as a garnish and purple jelly. Just take a sip and feel the refreshing sensation and very balanced taste from the combination of red grape, lemon, mint, and lemonade.