Restauranteur Andrew McConnell’s latest restaurant, Supernormal offers discerning diners something new; Innovative and modern Asian inspired food influenced by McConnell’s jaunt in Shanghai and Hong Kong, a welcoming spacious eatery, relaxed dining, the inclusion of the old favourite New England Lobster Roll from Golden Fields on the menu and attentive friendly service.
The interior is understated elegance and upon entry one scans the long zinc coated bar, adjacent to the open kitchen. Quirky touches such as the Japanese vending machines and plate of condiments on the table enhance the relaxed dining experience. Complimentary moreish soy roasted pepitas go down a treat with the signature cocktail, Supernormal Smash, which contains two types of gin and grapefruit sherbet. Dishes are designed for sharing and the Duck Bao $26 double fried duck leg is shredded and dispersed amongst the table of five and doused with vinegar and plum sauce. The New England Lobster Roll $16 is a delight. Sweet and soft brioche buns encase pieces of lobster tail in kewpie mayonnaise and watercress and in a couple of bites, the small yet satisfying portion is gone.
The standout dish of the evening is the Slow Cooked Szechuan Lamb with Spring Onion Pancake and Coriander Paste. The heat of the lamb is tempered by the fresh Iceberg Salad, while the Sauteed Greens with Black Bean Sauce also complement the lamb well. Generous portions mean no space for dessert. The quality of the food was high, the service brisk and friendly, and in addition all food came out within a 50 minute period, since the group had a show to attend after dinner, which is very impressive.
For fine inner city dining that will satisfy the food connoisseurs, look no further than Supernormal and try to leave room for dessert. (Note the much loved and indulgent Peanut Butter Parfait from Golden Fields is on the menu.)
180 FLINDERS LANE
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
T. 03 9650 8688
SUNDAY TO THURSDAY
11AM – 11PM
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
11AM – MIDNIGHT
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