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One of Australia’s Most Experimental High-End Restaurants Expands to Los Angeles

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Melbourne’s Lûmé is landing across the ocean

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

One of Australia’s most prominent restaurants is expanding to Los Angeles in 2018, as Melbourne star Lûmé looks to find a home on the West Coast.

The surprise announcement comes just days before Lûmé chef Shaun Quade is set to cook at Trois Mec with Ludo Lefebvre. That meal will mark the first time Angelenos have the opportunity to taste Quade’s Lûmé cooking, but certainly not the last once the restaurant opens in late 2018.

Reps for Lûmé have not confirmed the exact location of the restaurant just yet, but acknowledge that it’s definitely happening. Whereas the current Lûmé, which opened in 2015, is a more experimental high-end restaurant, the Los Angeles outpost is expected to be something slightly different, with a larger influence from the restaurant’s business manager Veronica Fill.

Still, it’s a fair bet that Lûmé Los Angeles will carry at least some of the same vibe as it’s predecessor, perhaps something akin to Destroyer as it relates to Vespertine. The move to Los Angeles also underscores just how important world-class dining is becoming to the city, as places like Cosme also eye real estate in the city and a 2018 opening.