Supernormal Canteen - St Kilda

4.5
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150 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Asian
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.
What 150 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
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4.3
Ambience
4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FLan
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fantastic, but what impressed me the most was the attentiveness of the service. Highly recommended!

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Clem
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great night great food. Great service.
Very accommodating to all my weird food allergies.

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Stef
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Not sure if menu changed from when I went years ago but this time they ran out of a few dishes and I didn’t seem quite as satisfied. Staff could’ve been friendly I felt also. The bill was as high as ever however.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

First time with my wife and 7-years old daughters we lived it, and the service was great!

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MaryE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food friendly attentive service smart yet casual atmosphere
A wonderful evening had by all

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Tasmaniac
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Funky place with great food and wine and friendly, unpretentious staff. Highly recommended.

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NickB
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really enjoyable meal. Good use of freshest ingredients simply presented. Beautiful heirloom tomatoes with smoked yoghurt showing meatless dishes can compete with the others. The highlight though were the prawn and chicken dumplings with spiced vinegar - exactly the right amount of heat and sour with the softest little dumplings. And great service, very attentive, never over the top.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lobster roll was 5 star, the rest was just ok. But that lobster roll...

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Katharine
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

Felt the food wasn’t as amazing as it has been in the past char grilled greens not cooked very well some pieces still raw. Service good but staff didn’t know their wines.

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Megan
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jess the manager and her team are outstanding. This place is an experience, and if you become a regular it will only get better each time! Food is amazing! Staff are incredible and world class! Casual but elegant, perfect for a night out!

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SusanC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

I love Supernormal CBD, but Supernormal Canteen was very disappointing. The main chicken was really bland and under cooked. Management did take this dish off the bill which was great. I had been really looking forward to the lamb - which wasn’t on the menu. Disappointing.

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Julia
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food, friendly staff, good ambience. Would certainly recommend for a lovely dinner.

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HeatherR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Unfortunately I found the food rather bland- no dish wowed me with flavour. Really bland .Was disappointed as had been recommended it and was a date night with my husband and friends birthday.

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Scoop
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a very enjoyable night with good food , friendly staff and nice atmosphere.

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Sookie
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good. First time at Cantee. Nice to see the maître d' and everyone provided great service.

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StephenC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A warm summer’s afternoon, early pre-theatre dinner - what a way to start the evening with unapologetic full flavours. The lamb shoulder is the standout.

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KateM
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great room and delicious food. Highly recommend. Little private dining area st the back was perfyfor our group of 8.

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SimonA
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Bit disappointing. Food was good but we got the side dishes after we received and eaten most of the other food. Also we ordered vegetarian dumpling but they gave us chicken and prawn ones.
It wasn’t busy either.

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lisas
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Supernormal canteen is always a fun night out. It has great atmosphere. and vibe. The staff are top notch and always so appeasing and accommodating with general service and special requests. The food is delish.

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MariaM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great location, excellent wine to complement interesting and delicious dishes. Great for a small group.

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AndyC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and outstanding service. Such a warm, friendly vibe with super interesting food and first class wait staff. We had a wonderful, memorable meal, thank-you.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious contemporary Japanese dishes coupled with attentive and knowledgeable service. Five stars.

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JeannineJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We went to Supernormal Canteen to celebrate the end of exams for our son. Great food, great drinks & good service. Another Andrew McConnell great place.

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TracieM
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Soooo good! We had the banquet and it was divine.

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Ellie
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Overall great experience. Would 100% go the banquet, great value for what you get. Food is delicious and we weren’t disappointed. Service was great, staff we’re very knowledgeable and friendly.

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MariaP
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Got the wrong order
It took a long time to get food

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GrahamS
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a lovely evening and the family was well looked after by the supernormal team

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skoo
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I chose Supernormal Canteen to have my birthday dinner and it didn’t disappoint! The food and service were impeccable. The team were friendly and accommodating. I love a good restaurant interior design too and SN Canteen is a great example of that.

The only downside to this particular visit was that there were some loud guests close to our table. Usually don’t mind/care, but the offensive language wasn’t particularly great, especially as there were younger patrons in the restaurant.

Overall, would still come back and recommend to friends!

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SandraO
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. Have been 3 times in the past few months. Took a friend on one occasion and other friends on another occasion. Cant wait to go back

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BenC
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful food
Dessert was best course - outstanding
Only negative was the thick smoke from the Hibachi - would recommend restaurant look at better ventilation. Otherwise wonderful night.

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AdinaT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came for the lobster rolls and stayed for the delights of the hibachi grill! The chicken tsukune and char siu pork neck were stand outs and the chicken and prawn dumplings were heaven. The dynamic of sitting of the bar was lovely for a couple and we enjoyed the very attentive service :)

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LachlanA
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

An excellent spot. Went for a long lunch and was very impressed with the menu selection and the very knowledgeable and friendly staff really made the experience.

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Shira6684
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was very delicious and the service from the minute we stepped into the restaurant was great! if i was to mention anything negative about my experience it might be that 1 or 2 of the dishes seemed a bit ill-prices and the fumes from the hibachi grill area in the kitchen were pretty intense.
Overall, have been here twice and will definitely visit again. Yum!

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WendyR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, always great service and fabulous food. A rose to die for.

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Blake
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was amazing, all dishes we tried we loved, one was a bit spicy without any knowledge that it would be and wasn't told about it being spicy either, however the dish was still very yummy and i enjoyed it. Loved the experience at supernormal. All food we tried was amazing we had a number of dishes that we shared between us and it was enough to fill us up without being to stuffed. Loved supernormal Canteen would recommend to all ages. It was a perfect place for us as teenagers but suits any age.

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MorenaR
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food, family of four dined for $50 each, plenty of food. Waiters were great, lots of sharing and a lovely refreshing dessert shared at the end of the meal.

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RaefferG
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazingbfood and atmosphere. service was fantastic but just forgot a couple of things we ordered. Highly recommend eating here.

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Tanja
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Supernormal was a superb, truly beyond normal experience. 10/10

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FionaH
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Based on prior visits I would recommend however this visit was terrible. Service was so ordinary and poor value. The food however was great, except the fact the fried chicken wasn't on the menu. Best desert!

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ReahA
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great value, we had the banquet which took all the ordering drama away and we got all the stuff you want including the peanut butter dessert, delicious!