I was feeling unusually grim and not entirely because of excessive boozing so when I took a seat at today’s chosen lunching location, Supernormal on Flinders Lane, I had an odd longing for restorative green tea. I’m not sure how much it helped but it was certainly a better idea than a lunchtime glass of wine or similar.
Supernormal is a very well regarded Asian fusion restaurant from the chap, Andrew McConnell, behind the likes of Cumulus Inc and Cutler & Co.
I was dining for my first meal of the day so was plenty hungry enough. I immediately spied a banquet menu and once I’d established that they were happy to serve it for one I handed over the reins and let them commence feeding me.
This started with soy toasted pumpkin seeds followed by a little cracker snack of smoked aubergine and fish roe. Both were delectable.
Next was a dish of kingfish sashimi topped with wafers of kohlrabi and served in a citrus dashi. This was brightly invigorating although there was a little too much kohlrabi than absolutely necessary.
A bright salad of shredded Szechuan chicken with pickles and soba noodles was the kind of dish that I imagine is a real lunchtime favourite. It was light and fresh.
Next we had a New England lobster roll which was very good but felt like a complete non sequitur. It pushed the fusion idea to its limit, but I enjoyed it so what the hell.
The final starter dish was a couple of good quality prawn and chicken dumplings. They hit the spot.
My main course was Xinjiang lamb served with rice, cos lettuce and a sesame flatbread. In one set of dishes we had Chinese, Lebanese, Korean and who knows what else. The lamb was beautifully tender and the densely crumbed flatbread really good. I can see the melding of elements confusing some palates, though.
So overall, I enjoyed Supernormal and found their slightly haphazard and nae-fucks-given approach to fusion cooking quite refreshing and generally very successful. I can see some of their flavour combos being a little polarizing but as long as you check in your puritanism at the door, it’s a place you will like.
Blythe scores Supernormal
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16.5/20
I ate: banquet selection 1
I drank: green tea, water
I wore: black and white
Total bill: $73
Address: Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000