Supernormal Canteen - St Kilda

4.5
88 reviews
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Asian
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In the summer of 2013/14 Andrew McConnell launched the fun-times test kitchen Supernormal Canteen. The loud and lively eatery was packed nightly and was the free-wheeling precursor to the hugely successful Supernormal, Flinders Lane. In winter of 2017, McConnell brought it back , and it is St Kilda's Fitzroy Street that gets to have all the Canteen fun. Think casual good-times in a distinctly Tokyo setting while the delicious scent of yakitori smoke fills the air. The relaxed and versatile menu lends itself well to a quick snack or party pit-stop, or you can go all out and build a feast that might hero dumplings, cup noodles and fried school prawns alongside a selection of sticks (yakitori) and of course, the New England Lobster Roll.
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HB
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It’s not normal but it is super, especially the food. The standout is still the lobster roll and a new must try is the typhoon shelter beans.

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c
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious food, love every dish 😋
Staff were friendly & helpful
We took our kids, they loved it also

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SJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was amazing and perfect for date night

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LD
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

LOVED THE FOOD! Our service was excellent too.
Easy to book, nice wine list not a great mid price range though.
Yep, will certainly go back again and again

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding dinner - delicious and the service friendly - overall perfection

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KK
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every dish was exceptional, and the staff are wonderful. Even though it was so busy, we never felt rushed. Wonderful experience

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MT
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, delivered promptly.
Great friendly service in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere.

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JF
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Really nice food and great flavours. Helpful and attentive staff, and they helped a lot with our ordering, as we had vegan and fructose intolerance to deal with.
Overall really enjoyable, but expensive, especially when you factor in the cost of the wines on offer.

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AG
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place where the staff make this experience very pleasurable. We ordered the banquet and they made sure we were comfortable and the kitchen went the extra mile so thank-you.

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T
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Mid conversation and a guy clears a plate with food ... kinda anoying when you oaybso much for it

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GA
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved SuperNormal! The duck leg bao bun is stunning and fantastic fried chicken. Great sake selection as well.

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KM
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service every time. The flavours are always well considered, highly recommend duck leg bao and pork and chicken dumplings.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The team working there is unbelievable. So caring, interested in making your experience the best!

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LS
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Recommended by a girlfriend and it did not disappoint. Beautiful food and fantastic service. Definitely recommend for a nice dinner or drink.

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RD
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food! Best Asian fusion I’ve had. Would definitely recommend

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A
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, really delicious! Was disappointed that a couple of items were unavailable but other than that, the service, food, cocktails, location and ambience were all 10/10 :)

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MC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is amazing!! Friendly staffs!
Highly recommended !

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SS
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

Unfortunately I was disappointed as were my guests.
The food was very unlike asian or Japanese- overpriced and the restaurant was very noisy to the point we had to talk very loudly to be heard your friends.
The lighting is really dim and we found it hard to read the many.
The prices were really very expensive for the dishes we had.
Very disappointed

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S
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

We ordered the set menu at $65 per head for 4 people. If you add up what we actually received it would have cost substantially less than $260, probably closer to half of this. We had to ask each time we wanted to order and drink and get extra water for the table. Overall poor service and very overpriced. Extremely disappointing as Supernormal in the city is fantastic. Definitely would not go back and would not recommend!

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s
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

the food and service were really good, but the noise was completely unbearable. everyone had to shout. it turned out to be an unpleasant experience even though the food was delicious.

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n
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Natsu ! Amazing starters to dessert! One of the best gastronomic experience ever!

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s
Melbourne / VIC
35 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Oh if only Supernormal Canteen would go fully vegetarian or have more vegetarian options...
The food was amazing one of the best vegetarian meals that I have ever had and I have been vegetarian for many many years...
The service was as good as any upmarket restaurant ...
And great value for money....
And great ambience...the noise level was bearable...
The perfect combo of outstanding food and service and value and ambience makes one very happy diner...

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The veggie dishes were inspired and so delicious. Added bonus was watching the culinary crew do their stuff while we eat

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Loved the special vegetarian Natsu takeover at Supernormal Canteen St kilda, highlights were the shiitake mushrooms- thinly sliced with a slightly sweet vinegar or white wine with shallots , chili and garlic. There other highlight was the medium plate with heirloom tomatoes , sliced peach, mozzarella, olive oil and anchovies. The flavours were insane, the feta tart main was also a highlight. All up is was a lovely experience .

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great - would love to see more seasonal vegetarian pop ups here, eg for autumn or spring. I’d come all the time!

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C
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

I was disappointed most with the first impression (the chap seating people) was a touch too smug, rushed and removed from the process of greeting people and making their night. The food was okay but very meh (and almost lazy after seeing the day 1 menu), nothing much remarkable. If you're making a big deal of a Natsu summer special, make a big deal about it - even at a higher cost. I've done Supernormal to death, and only visited either location a few times. Lobster rolls or not, try harder.

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KT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food tasted delicious. You have to try their parmesan and truffle tart! As a solo diner I was impressed by the customer service, and felt welcomed.

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J
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really nice menu of vegetarian food. I initially thought it would all be plant based, from the way it was described on the website but I'm vegetarian so that's fine. Just a warning to vegans that it isn't all vegan, though looked to be mostly vegan. Definitely grab the avacado+crackers+finger lime, the flatbread, heirloom tomatoes+mozzarella + the ginger granita. Would have loved to try the curry but was full by that point. Had a couple of nice Roses with the meal and the cocktail with rhubarb in it was quite good. I'd probably recommend staying away from the summer leaves dish, was a bit weird, some okay stuff in the crudite but some of it was kind of boring too. There's a random cheese and pepper pasta dish which we ordered too, it was reasonably nice , just probably would have prefered to use the room in my stomach on a more interesting dish.

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j
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really enjoyed the delicious vegetarian menu. So fresh , tasty, delicious and beautifully presented each time. Was nice to sit near front window and watch the world go by. Will definitely return.

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great although I thought it was going to be vegan.
Should be a permanant menu!

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AB
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Pop up Vegan was outstanding, the set menu was a great way to sample the options.

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D
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Everyone raves about Supernormal but as a vegetarian my options are limited there, so I was very excited to go to Supernormal Natsu. We had the summer set menu. Whilst there some delicious dishes (the curry and dessert), it was a bit of a let down overall. The food was fresh and good, but not very creative - it was similar to what we have at home. So I didn't feel we really got our money's worth.
I think we would agve enjoyed it more if we went a la carte.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our meal was fab! We opted for the banquet so we got to try lots of different things and all the dishes looked and tasted amazing. The service was lovely as well, attentive but not rushed. They were also accommodating of my husbands allergies and swapping a dish out of the banquet for another was not an issue at all. Will definitely be coming here again! Thank you Supernormal Canteen for a lovely experience!

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j
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

what an amazing night, the food and service were absolutely amazing. still dreaming about the lobster rolls and the chicken.

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great look, outstanding ‘ front person’ , beautiful food (we had the banquet menu) but such a smell of old grill smoke! You need a better extractor fan! Almost unbearable :(

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DH
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely "sunny" Sunday evening dinner outside. The service was excellent and the food was exceptional, we loved the atmosphere and it's what we would expect dining in Fitzroy streeet St Kilda!
The Lobster roll was a hit and we loved, well, we loved all our dishes!
Looking forward to dining here again soon x

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We accidentally booked the canteen and meant the restaurant in city. They changed it for us, lucky they weren’t too busy being holiday time. When booking online take care as it’s an easy mistake. We’ve been many times to supernormal and love it for its difference. We tried the special of burnt butter Maron and they were over cooked and not deveined . Flavour was great but for $35 I expect more. The lobster roll delicious as usual and chicken great. The meringue rose cream desert was delicious and they gave us a lemon cake and earl grey tea ice cream as a treat because of the Maron. A kind gesture.
I do find it an expensive place to eat in comparison to other places of similar quality. But worth trying it out at least once.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Friendly staff.
food coming a bit slow, and each dish is not a big dish for share. And the lobster roll is smaller than we expected.

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved everything!

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g
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Sadly after much anticipation i found this my dining experience quite Underwhelming

Tasting menu is standard fare for designer Asian and stop hanging your hat on lobster rolls(in the various incantations since golden fields)

Cutlery, glassware and table adornments all cheap and paper napkins....You can logo your paper napkins as much as you like, paper nakins for a dinner that will rarely cost you less than $70 per head

I have enjoyed Andrew McConnell’s other restaurants, but this left me cold

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