MELBOURNE | Supernormal Canteen was the precursor to Supernormal Kitchen, and when it ran in the summer of 2013/14 (yes it really was that long ago!) it gave owner/chef Andrew McConnell and his team the opportunity to try a whole bunch of different things before opening the full-time restaurant in the CBD. McConnell has said that running Supernormal Canteen was some of the best fun he’d had in a kitchen, and now it’s back in St Kilda.
Located in the space formerly home to McConnell’s Bar Luxembourg, diners can expect a faster paced, livelier, louder version of Supernormal Kitchen, in a venue featuring all new dishes except for, you guessed it, the famous lobster roll. The interior is colourful and fun, inspired by Tokyo and designed by Zenta Tanaka of CIBI. Think Izakaya with a twist. In particular, you’ll notice the smoking Yakitori grill cooking up skewers of the good stuff from a central bar.
Head chef Tim Goegan and his team are cooking up minamilist dishes with punchy flavours like whole garlic clove yakitori, pig’s head bao, steamed pork buns, chicken skin chicharrones, Chongqing popcorn and dumplings. Drinks wise, it’s all about a focused selection of wines by the glass, sake, cocktail jugs, and Japanese beers and soft drinks. There’s also a wine cabinet containing ‘the good and the
For those who want to forgo the buzz of the restaurant and just focus on the food, Supernormal Canteen will also offer the full menu for delivery, and McConnell wants those ordering delivery to know that he wants to offer ‘delivery done well’ – expect food to be delivered fresh and just as good as you’d get in the restaurant.
2/157 Fitzroy Street
Mon – Sun: 5:00pm to 11:00pm