St Kilda is definitely having a moment right now, following the recent season of The Block, and relaunch of iconic pub The Espy, but McConnell isn’t new to St Kilda, the current location of Supernormal Canteen has been with the group for many years, formerly being known as Luxembourg, and Golden Fields—the original home of the lobster roll.
‘Natsu’ means summer in Japanese, and the pop up will embody the warmer season. A visit means you can expect “dishes that are elegant, playful, nourishing, and vibrant”, with plates created by Andrew McConnell, and group development chef Ben Pollard inspired by their travels across Asia.
The menu will focus on local produce, “they are the ingredients (vegetables) I am most excited about at the moment. With this variety, it gives us so much more scope to explore new ideas, develop new dishes and techniques that ultimately make the vegetable the hero that it deserves to be. This time of year, mid-summer vegetables are at their absolute best and at the same time Melbourne is positively jumping”.
Local growers are already planting in preparation for Natsu, with the team also working closely with wild seaweeds, and sea vegetables along with other foraged native ingredients.
Classic Supernormal dishes will be given a vegetarian makeover for Natsu, like the eggplant parmigiana katsu sando.
Natsu 2019 will kick off with a one-off dinner party by Sydney chef Brent Savage, of vegetarian fine diner Yellow.
What: Supernormal Natsu Pop Up
When: Tuesday 15 January to Sunday 27 January
Where: Supernormal Canteen, 2/157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
For more info head to supernormalnatsu.com.
In further St Kilda news, The Espy's upstairs Cantonese restaurant is now open. Read all about Mya Tiger here.
Image credit: supplied | Jo McGann