Friday, 24 April 2015

Supernormal


Supernormal is Andrew McConnell’s latest offering which is based on his time working in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Korean and Japanese cuisines also influence the menu. Some old favourites from his previous eatery in St Kilda, Golden Fields, make a return at Supernormal as well. The menu is designed to share and sampling dishes from each category is recommended to gain the full Supernormal experience. If you struggle to decide, a banquet ($65.00) option is also available. The most ideal place to dine is seated somewhere on the long bar which gives you a fantastic view of the chefs hard at work. Regrettably, we were seated on the other side of the restaurant this time...





WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
·        John Dory, mussels, wakame, celery, ponzu ($36.00)
·        Spiced ginger beer pudding, vanilla cream ($15.00)
·        Ox tongue, pickled chilli and pig’s ear ($14.00)
·        School prawns, Korean chilli, celery and chrysanthemum salad ($16.00)


WHAT WE ATE...
Some complementary soy roasted pepitas were offered which we snacked on whilst conversing and sipping our drinks.

Soy roasted pepitas

We started with a couple of ‘New England Lobster Roll ($16.00 each)’. Perhaps you may have tried one of these legendary lobster rolls before at Golden Fields when it was operating... They were a little on the small side with only two disks of lobster on each roll but they were definitely moreish.

New England Lobster Rolls

We ordered some ‘Vegetable dumplings x 6 ($14.00)’ too. I found these dumplings to be ‘super-below-normal’. Melbourne is spoilt for choice when it comes to great dumplings which are indeed much cheaper! These dumplings were both bland in flavour and texture.

Vegetable Dumplings

 WHAT WE DRANK...
The drinks list contains pages and pages of potions and brews for you to pick from. I find it improbable that you would have difficulty finding something that entices you... I tried a glass of ‘Umberto Luigi Domenico Cosmo Prosecco from Veneto Italy ($9.00)’ which was delightful.

Prosecco

My dining companion chose something from the Non-alcoholic list. The amusingly named ‘#Sorrynotsorry ($8.00)’ is a combination of elderflower, English breakfast tea and cucumber. I had a taste of this and it was fabulous!  

#sorrynotsorry

SERVICE...
We were aiming to beat the queues by arriving at 12.00 but became preoccupied in a music shop thus didn’t arrive until 12.30. Fortunately, we were seated straight away. We found our waitress to be very efficient and knowledgeable of the menu. It is probably not a restaurant that you feel you could linger for a chat. Their quick service and prompt food delivery made the lunch feel a little rushed...



Address: 180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 9650 8688




Trading Hours:
Sun – Thur: 11.00am – 11.00pm
Fri – Sat: 11.00am - Midnight

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P.S. Another eatery nearby is Chin Chin... 




Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Round Bird Can't Fly


A trip to the Yarra Valley for a glass of vino or two is every savvy Melburnian’s dream weekend. Why not drop by Round Bird Can’t Fly for a bite to eat or some coffee on the way... The first solo venture of Laura Webb-James and Evan James who most recently were a team to be reckoned with at Yering Station as the head chef and restaurant/cellar door manager. Their menu is shaped around seasonal produce and they source their produce form local suppliers. The interior features polished concrete floors, white tiled walls, and artwork by Mike Emmett and Bec Jones when I visited.


WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
·        Fried upma, poached eggs, eggplant lime pickle, sour cream ($17.00)
·        Chia pudding, mango puree, blueberry, toasted pepitas, coconut sorbet ($14.00)
·        Pork belly, chipotle and sweet corn dauphine, beans, fried egg, sourdough ($18.00)
·        Chocolate croquettes, raspberry sorbet, Chantilly cream ($14.00)


WHAT WE ATE...
I chose the ‘Ricotta gnocchi with pumpkin puree, kale and pine nuts ($17.00)’. This meal also gave you the option to add prosciutto or chorizo for an extra $4.50, which I decided against. The seared pillows of gnocchi were beautifully complimented by the pumpkin puree. A plentiful amount of pine nuts and the crispy kale added texture to the dish. It was incredibly delectable and very filling!
  
Gnocchi

My dining companion picked the ‘Scotch egg, cornichons, toasted brioche, BBQ sauce ($18.00)’. The plating for this meal was very artistic and the runny yolk looked very inviting. Although this meal was yummy, it did lack a bit of seasoning in the meat component.

Scotch Egg

WHAT WE DRANK...
A ‘Real’ Chai ($4.00) or a small milkshake ($6.50) are available but I ordered a Latte ($3.80). Made with Chum Creek Coffee roasted by Greg Liney and milk from Jonesy’s Dairy, the coffee was delicious with a hint of blistered foam. 

Latte

SERVICE...
Five-star service in the outer eastern suburbs... Love it! Water is topped up frequently, plates cleared as soon as they are finished... Fantastic.



Address: 170 Main Street, Lilydale, VIC

Phone: 03 9735 9724




Trading Hours:
Mon – Fri: 7.00am – 4.00pm
Sat – Sun: 8.00am – 4.00pm

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P.S. Another eatery nearby is the Lilydale General...



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