Supernormal Canteen Flinders Lane soft opening review

We decided to try out Supernormal after seeing it after going to On Nom last week. Pretty much directly opposite Adelphi Hotel they hae occupied this large space with a spiral staircase that leads to a private dining area and the toilets.

Once we went in, the staff told us today is a “soft opening” so theres only going to be a banquet on the menu for $50! Bargain I thought.

Once you enter, it reminds you of Golden Fields in St Kilda ( now closed). I haven’t had the chance to go to their pop up restaurant next to Cutler & Co. Big Long bar table and a long open kitchen which I love. Lots of smaller tables, some round and some “car seats”. We sat down and first thing we noticed was the salt in a little bucket (Obviously still kept that from Golden Fields)

7 spices, sesame seeds, sea salt and soy
7 spices, sesame seeds, sea salt and soy

$50 Banquet was a steal. 16 Dishes on the Menu!

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Menu

Lots of fluorescent lights around, including a light box in the front which has スノ written on it (SU NO) in english.

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Entrance.

Alright. First dish was House Pickles. Fennel, baby carrots and shiitake mushrooms. It was a bit too sour for our liking, but guess it opened our palates for the remaining 15 dishes.

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House Pickles

The second was Cucumber with sesame. Looks like the Japanese sweet Dango, again this was pickled so a little on the sour side. This was crunchy and refreshing.

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Cucumber with Sesame

Also had an extensive wine list and non-alcoholic drinks. Felt like having the 2 Brothers Kung Foo Rice Lager. Light and refreshing.

 

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2 brothers Kung Foo Lager

Next up, Moonlight Flat clair de clune oysters. Standard stuff with a wedge of lemon.

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Moonlight Flat clair de clune oysters

Rice Cake, chilli, sesame. Can you start to see some Korean influence in their dishes. It was crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. IK preferred the traditional tteokbokki.

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Rice Cake, Chilli, Sesame.

Lots of cold dishes tonight. This one was Duck fish, white soy, Laver. If anyone had their Wagyu Tataki at Golden Fields, I would highly recommend it. Not sure if they will have something similar on their up coming menu.

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Duck fish, white soy, Laver

Another sashimi dish. Pickled Bonito, Wasabi Leaf. Again fresh and tasty.

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Pickled Bonito, Wasabi Leaf

Raw Ama Ebi Prawns. Looks like Prawns and Eggs from a distance! More like chinese cabbage

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Raw ama Prawns

Another old dish, brisket with what looks like “dao ban” sauce.

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SzeSchuan peppered Blackmore wagyu brisket

Asians don’t really like chicken breasts very much as they are known to be rough and lacks taste compared to the chicken thigh. This chicken was very tender and reminds me of mum making shredded chicken with cucumber, white sesame sauce and glass noodles. If only they had that component in it!

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White cut Chicken, Black Sesame

chicken and prawn dumplings. Now, this is pretty much wan tons with hot chilli sauce. I think you have to go for the original ones you get like from Hu Tong or Din Tai Fung.

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Chicken and Prawn Dumplings

My niece’s favourite dish. EGGPLANT. this was one of our favourite dishes. Eggplant was braised nice and soft and with home made Tofu. Winner for me.

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Spicy Braised Eggplant, home made Tofu

Finally onto the main course dish lol. Wagyu Short Rib, Crispy Tripe and Peppered Sauce This came with lettuce and pear slices which you can wrap it in. Crispy Tripe was amazing, something you don’t see in Western Cuisine. Beef was tender and soft. Peppered sauce had that extra kick. You can definitely see the Chinese inspired flavours in this.

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Wagyu Short Rib, Crispy Tripe and Peppered Sauce
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Lettuce, Raddicchio and pears to go with the Beef.

Was too busy eating, had to go to the loo! went down this spiral staircase which had a private dining room and a vending machine which sold polky for $2.

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Downstairs Supernormal
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Vending Machine

 

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Toilets. Just to make sure you go to the right one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, hold your breath, suck your gut in we have 3 dishes to go. Dessert time! Next up, almond cake, Vanilla Ice cream, plum granita & Mandarin. This was refreshing. IK didn’t like the granita, reminded her of cough medicine! Harsh! Shes quite picky with particular flavours. I was brought up to eat anything and almost everything.

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Almond Cake, Vanilla Ice cream, Plum Granita & Mandarin

The Peanut Butter Parfait was a killer. So rich but so good.

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Peanut Butter Parfait

Finally a little chocolate cookie to finish up. Palate didn’t feel too sweet after having this.

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Chocolate cookie

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Rating 16/20

Would i go back – Definitely.

Dish of the day – So many! but loved the eggplant.

Catch of the day – $50 for the banquet per person! Don’t think they will do something like that when it opens! Lucky to have

Disappointment of the day – Forgot to bring my camera. Resorted to using my phone!

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