2/157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
03 9525 4488
Supernormal is already renowned in Melbourne, frequented by Melbourne’s CBD dwellers. Now Executive Chef and owner, Andrew McConnell, has headed back south to St Kilda with Supernormal Canteen.
This isn’t the first time Supernormal has left the confines on the Hoddle Grid. In the summer of 2013/14 Andrew McConnell launched the first iteration of Supernormal Canteen, a test kitchen, in Fitzroy’s Gertrude Street and now he’s bringing it back.
While Supernormal has gone on to become one of Melbourne’s top restaurants, Andrew McConnell still fondly remembers his days in Gertude Street.
“The summer of Supernormal Canteen was the most fun that we’ve ever had working in a restaurant. It was a special time and place, and an experience that I’ve wanted to revisit for some time now, but we just had to wait for the right moment, the right fit,’ said Andrew McConnell. “The closure of Luxembourg has given us the opportunity to revisit and reinvent the space, and we are really excited about it.”
These days, Supernormal is synonymous with sleek Japanese, pan-Asian flavours as well as those lobster rolls and that peanut butter parfait! However, the new Supernormal has no intention of mimicking its older sister. Instead, diners can expect Supernormal Tokyo-style, faster, louder and livelier.
With yet another venue added to Andrew McConnell’s cap, Tim Goegan will oversee the kitchen as Head Chef. Expect minimalistic dishes that still deliver a powerful flavour punch. New kids not seen before on the original Supernormal menu such as smoking Yakitori grill from a central bar, pig’s head bao, steamed pork buns, chicken skin chicharrones, Chongqing popcorn, dumplings will be dished out – and yes, the famed lobster roll will also be on offer.
Because yakitori style fare is the perfect beer food, there’s a list of Japanese beers to quench your thirst as well as soft drinks, sake and cocktail jugs. There’s also a long wine list with a separate section for ‘the good and the rare stuff’.
As you’ve probably guessed by now, this isn’t fine dining. The menu is short and sharp, the napkins are paper and the chopsticks are bamboo.
‘We want Supernormal Canteen to be a fun, approachable local, bursting with people,’ said Andrew McConnell. ‘The kind of place that is just as much loved for the good times as it is for the food and drink. Think Izakaya style with a twist.’
Andrew McConnell is teaming up with long-time collaborator Zenta Tanaka to design the space. Tanaka’s take on the ‘fun-and-inviting’ brief will be seen through window-ledge dining, clustered seating options of varied heights and textures, and a wooden private dining cube that will be curtained off from the main dining space.
Ever the innovator, Andrew will launch Supernormal Canteen exclusively via delivery for the first fortnight. The full menu will be available delivered to your door. ‘We expect to be just as busy cooking for home delivery and take-away as we are for in-house guests. This will be delivery done well,’ said Andrew.