We’re not ones to boast, but Melbourne simply *has* to be home to the most incredible restaurants in the country—and this CBD eatery is the jewel in our burger-loving, martini-drinking crown. In case you haven’t stumbled across Andrew McConnell’s Supernormal yet (uh, which rock have you been hiding under?), the Flinders Lane find brings the best of Asia’s vibrant food culture together under one roof, karaoke room and all.
With an open kitchen and bar-side seating that lets you get up-close and personal with the best in the business, Supernormal is reminiscent of a buzzing Asian dining hall that’s packed to the rafters with your favourite morsels. You’ve probably heard of the famous lobster roll before you’ve set eyes on it—and after you’ve polished off that tasty seafood snack, there’s a menu of bao, dumplings, marinated meats and local twists on Asian desserts waiting. If we’ve got one word of advice, it’s pace yourselves, people!
As for sipping, nobody’s going thirsty at Supernormal. The unique cocktails have been designed to suit the menu—and they take a pinch of Tokyo, blend it with a shot of Shanghai and serve it up in Seoul. Gin fans, the Supernormal Smash is your go-to, with a Kimchi Mary (the Korean chilli makes all the difference) to cure your woes the next day.
Ready to party? While walk-in’s are allowed, if you're getting a group of six or more together, you can pre-book a table, and if you’re looking for the full Supernormal experience, you can’t go past the private lower-level dining area, complete with karaoke system. Because nothing beats busting out a little Taylor Swift, bao and beer in hand.
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