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Lazy Saturday lunch at Supernormal

There’s something so delightful about having a leisurely long lunch whilst sitting at the restaurant counter watching the hustle and bustle of the kitchen.  And that’s exactly what the husband and I did a few Saturdays ago before heading to the NGV for the Andy Warhol – Ai Wei Wei exhibition.

I must confess that the more I visit Supernormal, the more I like it.  There’s something to be said about being able to consistently execute on perfectly cooked food.   Highlights of the lunch (besides having all the time in the world to enjoy an amazing lunch):  the baby corn rocked my socks – super tasty,  pan fried spicy beef bun: moist spicy beef in a flaky bun, baked meringue:  an amazing dessert, subtle but hits all the right notes and textures.

Kingfish, dashi, celery & fresh horseradishIMG_6831

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Prawn & chicken dumpling, chilli and vinegar sauceIMG_6837

Baked meringue, jasmine, lychee and raspberryIMG_6838

For more info and reviews:
Supernormal Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Lucy Liu

New hip and happening Lucy Liu is the latest Flinders Lane (or close enough) restaurant to grace us.  It was great food, and strong competition for Coda and Supernormal (asian inspired etc etc).

For some reason, the entrance was at the back and someone went a little crazy town with the red lighting in there.    Totally unrecognisable to me  from the old PM24.  As per most of my food outings now, I’m a bit too lazy to decide on the menu so we decided to let Lucy choose 7 plates for us.

Some of us don’t eat oyters, so we got the “organic tofu with cucumber, mint and pickled ginger“.  I would suggest not ordering this dish if you had choice.  It’s nice but really quite dull.

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Kingfish sashimi with green chilli, hot mint and toasted coconut” was excellent.  Perhaps one of the best kingfish sashimi dishes I’ve had in a while…

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The “steamed sticky beef bun with cucumber, hot chilli and black vinegar” was a rich and tasty mouthful.

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My favourite dish of the night was the simple sounding “crystal skin prawn and bamboo dumplings with cucumber and yuzu dressing“.  It was amazing!  Perfect little prawn dumplings.  Better than anything you’d get at yum cha :b

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Tempura soft shelled crab with hot green nam jim” was great.

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The “crisp masterstock free range chicken, bamboo salad, nam prik and hot & sour dressing” was tasty, but the party agreed that the chicken was too tough.   Especially the white meat.   I wouldn’t order it again.

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Okay, I take back my earlier call about the prawn dumplings being the best dish of the night.  The best was the “Lucy Liu wagyu been with yakiniku dipping sauce & hot mustard horseradish“.  It was perfect!  The beef was melt in mouth perfection and the sauces were excellent.

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The “roast barramundi fillet with black bean and chilli sambal and nouc cham dipping sauce” was another winning dish.  Perfectly cooked fish and great sauces.

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This was how our meal ended.  I’m not sure if they were ushering us out for the next sitting but we didn’t get dessert!  Regardless, dinner was very good and I’d gladly go back to try some other dishes (as well as ordering those prawn dumplings and beef!).

For more info and reviews:
Lucy Liu Kitchen and Bar on Urbanspoon

Supernormal… Good ol’ Golden Fields relocated!

I’m guessing that when the smarty pants who named the joint Supernormal was thinking about the name, they went “oh, let’s make it a play on extraordinary and call it supernormal”.  I spent a lot of time in the last 2 days since dining there thinking about this.   If it’s supposed to be a play on “extraordinary”, then unfortunately they’ve missed the mark.   Don’t get me wrong, the food, service, location, atmosphere, look and feel were all fantastic but this is just Golden Fields in the city.  So nothing new or different.   But I digress… let’s move on to the food.

Started with duckfish carpacio.   Very good, it had yuzu and seaweed and was a nice citrusy start to the dinner.

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Cold rolled pork belly… tasty and crunchy.

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Braised eggplant and tofu is my kinda dish.  Rich and spicy with light tofu.  If only I had a bowl of rice to go with it!

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We then had the lobster rolls, which was very good, but for some reason, the brioche bun was a bit chewy?   I’ve had this roll at Golden Fields more times than I can remember, so I did notice this tiny anomaly.

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The prawn and chicken dumplings were outstanding.

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We then had another special which was the twice cooked pigeon.  Super yummy.

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The confit duck leg with buns is my all time favourite dish at Golden Fields and thank goodness it was as good as I remembered.

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Steamed snapper reminded me of all the times I used to have Sunday dinners at Shark Fin Inn.   Super fresh fish, cooked in a lovely light soy sauce topped with coriander.  Yum!

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Grilled flank steak was fantastico.  Topped with crispy shallots.  And the side of brussel sprouts was delicious.

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Finished the meal with a trio of desserts: miso and pink lady soft serve, peanut butter parfait and soft poached meringue.  The soft serve was really strange to me, I think it’s a good match just very unfamiliar.  The parfait is super rich.  The meringue was my favourite dessert – light and cuts through all the rich food.

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I know I sounded a bit harsh in my intro, but please don’t get me wrong – the food here is sensational.  It’s just nothing terribly new or different.   I would gladly gladly eat here again and again!

More info and reviews:
Supernormal on Urbanspoon