It's been a long time coming but this weekend I finally made it to Supernormal, an über-chic, Japanese-inspired, Asian-fusion restaurant in the city. Located on Melbourne's dining walk of fame, Flinder's Lane, Supernormal combines relaxed modern simplicity with a tiny dash of pretentiousness, a combination that makes you feel a little bit cooler as you casually sit at the bar sipping a glass of wine while you wait for your table.
Unless you have a party of 6+, you can't make a reservation so the normal walk-in-only-restaurant rules apply – get there early if you don't want to wait ages for a table. We got there right after work on a Friday night (just before 6pm) and managed to get a table for three straight away.
I really, really liked Supernormal. The food is packed with delicious traditional Japanese flavours but with the modern creative twist that one would expect from a trendy Melbourne Asian-fusion joint. All the dishes were quite fresh and light, which gave Supernormal extra points from me because I didn't feel like I completely broke my daily calorie bank (nor did I have to undo the top button of my jeans on the train ride home – yes sometimes this happens, don't judge me).
My friends and I opted for the banquet menu, which was great for a first visit because we got to try a bit of everything. They were quite accommodating with the menu, swapping out the lamb for the fish/mussels dish for me (although I ended up eating some of the lamb anyway after the girls were too full to finish it – despite not being a lamb-fan, this was still pretty amazing).
I've listed all the delightful dishes that come with the banquet below – the highlights for me were the sea bream sashimi, the lobster rolls and the peanut butter and caramel dessert. Actually, I feel like I need to give the dessert a more notable mention because I honestly think it could be my most favourite dessert ever – I'm a massive peanut butter fan and an ever bigger fan of caramel, so on paper it already ticked all the boxes. In reality, it was incredible.
Banquet Menu ($65pp)
KIMCHI, CABBAGE & RADISH / CUCUMBER & WAKAME PICKLE
SEA BREAM, WHITE SOY & GINGER
PRAWN & CHICKEN DUMPLINGS, CHILLI & VINEGAR SAUCE
NEW ENGLAND LOBSTER ROLL
STEAMED GROUPER, MUSSELS, SOY DASHI & WAKAME
PEANUT BUTTER PARFAIT, SALTED CARAMEL & SOFT CHOCOLATE
- CUCUMBER & WAKAME PICKLE
- SEA BREAM, WHITE SOY & GINGER
- WHITE CUT CHICKEN, COLD NOODLES, SESAME, PEANUTS & CHILLI OIL
- NEW ENGLAND LOBSTER ROLL
- PRAWN & CHICKEN DUMPLINGS, CHILLI & VINEGAR SAUCE
- SLOW COOKED SZECHUAN LAMB, SPRING ONION PANCAKE, CORIANDER PASTE
- STEAMED WHITE RICE
- ICEBERG SALAD, GINGER VINAIGRETTE, MINT
- PEANUT BUTTER PARFAIT, SALTED CARAMEL & SOFT CHOCOLATE
- STEAMED GROUPER, MUSSELS, SOY DASHI & WAKAME (included in banquet)
- KIMCHI, CABBAGE & RADISH
For the aforementioned food and three glasses of wine each, our bill came in at around $100 per person – it was a somewhat expensive Friday night dinner but it was worth it for the quality and uniqueness of the food. Would I go back to Supernormal? Hell yes. (I'd go back just for the lobster rolls and the peanut butter and caramel parfait alone!)
180 FLINDERS LANE
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
T. 03 9650 8688
(Image credits – restaurant photos: supernormal.net.au / food photos: mine)