Supernormal

Supernormal - Street view

Supernormal – Street view

Supernormal is an Asian inspired menu created by the talented Andrew McConnell who is known for his highly successful restaurants, others including Cumulus Inc. and Cutler & Co. The menu offers bold flavours that work in complete harmony and create the perfect balance of flavour and texture. Ah-mazing!

Supernormal - Everybody loves ramen

Supernormal – Everybody loves ramen

This sign was cute. The venue is a large open space with simple contemporary deco.

Supernormal - New England lobster roll

Supernormal – New England lobster roll

The New England lobster roll was a winner. It was thin slices of perfectly cooked lobster, creamy herb mayo, a bit of watercress on a lightly toasted, soft buttery bun. It was sensational.

Supernormal - Sauteed mushrooms w rice cakes & sweet soy

Supernormal – Sauteed mushrooms w rice cakes & sweet soy

The sautéed mushrooms with rice cakes was tasty. There was a range of beautifully sautéed mushrooms and the rice cakes were deep-fried cubes of ginger flavoured rice. It was all sitting on top of a creamy (parsnip i think) puree. Love!

Supernormal - Vegetarian dumplings

Supernormal – Vegetarian dumplings

The vegetable dumplings were great. They had spinach, tofu and spring onions and were sitting in a delicate vinegar sauce.

Supernormal - Prawn & chicken dumplings w chilli, vinegar sauce

Supernormal – Prawn & chicken dumplings w chilli, vinegar sauce

The prawn and chicken dumplings had a great kick of chilli. They were sitting in a chiili oil and vinegar sauce and were topped with dried chilli and fresh spring onions. Delish!

Supernormal - DIY duck bao

Supernormal – DIY duck bao

We had the twice-cooked duck bao, which was sort of like peking duck pancakes, minus the pancakes plus a few baos. The duck had a crispy coating and the meat was tender. What you do is: you shred the duck, pop some meat in the super soft bao with a piece of cucumber and add some plum sauce. Yum!

Supernormal - Duck bao

Supernormal – Duck bao

Then you dip the bao in the vinegar and eat. It was so delicious and fun putting them together yourself because you can make it just the way you like it.

Supernormal - Salad of brocollini, tofu, candied walnut & toasted seaweed

Supernormal – Salad of brocollini, tofu, candied walnut & toasted seaweed

The salad of brocollini was one of the salads you do make friends with. It had a great balance of flavours and textures. There was a combination of broccoli and brocollini, soft tofu, candied walnuts, crunchy rice puffs and toasted seaweed scattered on top.

Supernormal - Beef cheeks w eggplant, crispy tripe and pepper sauce

Supernormal – Beef cheeks w eggplant, crispy tripe and pepper sauce

Braised beef cheeks are a great winter meal. The beef fell apart easily and was in a sticky pepper sauce with eggplant. The tripe I was unsure about at first. Who in the world knew tripe could be so delicious. It was little deep-fried bits of crispy, that sort of tasted like crackling. It was delish.

Supernormal - Fried custurd w ginger syrup

Supernormal – Fried custurd w ginger syrup

The fried custard was incredible. It was cubes of vanilla and ginger custard, battered and deep-fried with ginger syrup poured over the top with bits of candied ginger. I love ginger, custard and fried food so I had a slight inkling that I would fall head of heels for this one. Loved it. The custard is piping hot so try to eat it slowly at first, but I completely understand if you can’t help yourself.

Supernormal - Baked meringue w jasmine, raspberry & lychee sorbet

Supernormal – Baked meringue w jasmine, raspberry & lychee sorbet

The baked meringue was lovely. It had a nice shell and was soft inside. It was topped with cream, a dehydrated raspberry crumb and a scoop of lychee sorbet, which we though was an actual lychee at first glance. The lychee sorbet had an intense lychee flavour it was awesome and brought all the flavours together. There were little jellies around the plate and a raspberry jasmine coulis underneath the meringue.

Supernormal - Peanut butter parfait w salted caramel soft chocolate

Supernormal – Peanut butter parfait w salted caramel soft chocolate

The peanut butter parfait is popular for a reason. It was incredibly indulgent and reminds me of a snickers bar. The peanut butter parfait was super smooth and had a great peanut flavour. It was covered in a dark salted caramel with roasted peanuts on top. It had a layer of crushed peanuts as a base and a quenelle of soft chocolate on top. It was very rich and super delicious.

I really enjoyed everything we ate. All of the meals were modern and creative. Our waitress Sue was so lovely and very knowledgeable about the food and the company. She was also telling us about some of the exciting new ventures Andrew McConnell has in the pipeworks so be sure to keep an eye out.

I heart Supernormal!

Olives x

Address: 180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: http://supernormal.net.au/
Phone: 03 9650 8688
Trading Hours: Sun-Thu: 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-midnight

 

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Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne)

Night Noodle Market 2014 - Melbourne @Birrarung Marr

Night Noodle Market 2014 – Melbourne @Birrarung Marr

The return of the night noodle market makes me happy. Last year it was a major hit and this year its back with double the food stalls. This time it’s held at a different, and much larger venue, Birrarung Marr. Which is a great idea considering last year the event was packed to the max. The noodle night markets present a collection of authentic Asian cuisines and Asian inspired dishes from across the continent.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Early birds (before the flocks of people arrive)

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Early birds

I generally like to go earlier because there are less people, less queues and more available seats…winning!

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Lots o' people

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Lots o’ people

It’s a really popular event so one minute there is no queue, the next minute there is a really long queue. As they say, the early bird gets the noodle.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Grassy knoll

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Grassy knoll

They was a big grassy knoll, which is perfect for good weather you can have a little picnic on the hill.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Red Spice Road - Coconut sago pudding

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Red Spice Road – Coconut sago pudding

The weather was all sunshine so a tropical dessert from Red Spice Road sounded like a good starter. We had a coconut sago pudding w pineapple & lime. It was really fresh and had lots of different textural elements.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Red Spice Road - Five-spice pork belly w chilli caramel

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Red Spice Road – Five-spice pork belly w chilli caramel

We also got a savoury dish from Red Spice Road. The five spice pork belly w chilli caramel. It was delicious! The pork belly was deep-fried, crispy on the outside and soft and sticky in the middle. The chilli caramel was so good with the pork and it was complimented with a side of fresh beans shoots, coriander and mint. Yum!

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Ramen Burger - Chicken ramen burger

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Ramen Burger – Chicken ramen burger

From Ramen Burger we got the…wait for it…yep, the ramen burger. We ordered the chicken one, which was well constructed and tasted good. It was a fillet of teriyaki chicken amongst two noodle patties with some spinach, cheese and mayo. And yes the burger bun was made entirely out of thin egg noodles, which were toasted, so they had a bit of a crispy noodle crunch. It was good.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Charlie's Dumplings - Steamed pork & ginger dumplings

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Charlie’s Dumplings – Steamed pork & ginger dumplings

From Charlie’s Dumplings we tried the steamed pork and ginger dumplings with black bean and chilli dressing. They were yum. The pastry was good and the filling melted in your mouth. The dressing was nice and had a good chilli kick.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Charlie's Dumplings - Milk choc dumplings w raspberry & chilli sauce

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Charlie’s Dumplings – Milk choc dumplings w raspberry & chilli sauce

Also from Charlie’s dumplings we got the Milk chocolate dumplings w raspberry and chilli sauce. Luckily the guy at the store gave us a heads up on how to eat the dumplings in daylight (as chocolate is less visible after dark). We ate the dumplings whole as suggested to avoid a chocolate mishap. They were yum and our shirts got through unscathed. The dumplings were battered balls of chocolate. A great idea. They were sitting in the raspberry and chilli sauce, which was nice. The taste of chilli was barely noticeable which I liked.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Izakaya Den - Nakaochi (Tuna & salmon tartare w rice)

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Izakaya Den – Nakaochi (Tuna & salmon tartare w rice)

We tried the Nakaochi from Izakaya Den, which is a tuna and salmon tartare w sesame & ginger. It was served with some salted cucumber and steamed rice. I really liked it. It was fresh and the oily fish went well with the steamed rice. It was really yum.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Lankan Tucker - Veg pan rolls

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Lankan Tucker – Veg pan rolls

We got a couple of veg pan rolls from the Lankan Tucker stall. They were nice with some sweet chilli dipping sauce.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Hammer and Tong - Soft Shell Crab burger w sriracha mayo

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Hammer and Tong – Soft Shell Crab burger w sriracha mayo

The soft shell crab burger was incredible. I didn’t realise I was such a fan of soft-shell crab. This burger was amazing. It was a crispy fried soft-shell crab in a soft buttery brioche bun with cabbage and sriracha mayo. Oh my goodness. It took me to a heavenly place. Loved it.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Kong B1 & B2

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Kong – B1 & B2

At this point we were getting very full and decided we would get bun one and bun two from Kong. B1 was spicy pork belly, pickled cucumber & crazy horse sauce and B2 was peanut butter S&P tofu w burnt chilli mayo. They were good. I was petting the buns they were so soft. There was a long order line and an even longer collect line. So you could maybe have one person in each line and while the first person orders, the second person is already in queue to collect the order.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Gelato Messina - Phuc Khing Tasty & Happy Taste Bud Time

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Gelato Messina – Phuc Khing Tasty & Happy Taste Bud Time

Gelato Messina created some really exciting flavour combinations. We tried the Phuc Khing Tasty and this dessert was exactly that. It was cinnamon scroll (like literally a piece of cinnamon scroll), coffee gelato, condensed milk panna cotta, walnut crunch and an Asian spiced cookie. It was amazing. It was really fun journeying through the different elements. We also tried Happy Taste Bud Time, which was just as delicious. Lychee sponge, mango puree, rambutan & coconut gelato, whipped salted coconut cream (omg yum!) and a cocnut macaron. It was amazing. I could have eaten a bowl of that whipped salted coconut cream. Exploring through the dessert and finding little surprises was fun. These two desserts were stand out and worth the wait in queue.

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) - Mr Miyagi - Nori Salmon Taco & Miyagi Fried Chicken

Night Noodle Market 2014 (Melbourne) – Mr Miyagi – Nori Salmon Taco & Miyagi Fried Chicken

After some time I mustered up the courage to eat again, I was very full by now but I wanted to try the Nori taco at Mr Miyagi. So I got a taco and while I was there I also got a cheeky six pack of MFC (Miyagi Fried Chicken). And I’m glad I did because that nori taco was pure genius and the fried chicken was yum too. The Nori taco is such an interesting creation and it was well executed. The taco was a sheet of nori battered and fried, then folded and filled with vinegar rice (like sushi rice), grilled salmon belly, spicy nappa cabbage, japanese mayo and chilli oil. It was so delicious! And it didn’t even fall apart. My issue with normal tacos is that they fall apart when you bite into them. Not with this one. The nori taco is flexible and easy to eat. It was fantastic. So creative.

It’s a great event and it’s still on for another week. There are so many amazing food stalls in one place. It’s really well organised and is definitely one of my favourite food festivals.

I heart the Night Noodle Market!

Olives x