A friend recommended me to check out Supernormal Canteen, which is a pop-up ‘experimental’ kitchen (not as dodgy as it sounds, I promise) dabbling in Asian dishes.
I loved the set up of this place – open test kitchen, cute lantern decorations and good vibes. Small place but we were a group of 6 and fitted in snugly and was quite fine.
The menu is Japanese/Chinese inspired (which works for me…some of my favourite cuisines!). For the savoury dishes, we had sashimi, lobster rolls, chilli chicken and prawn dumplings, grilled cabbage, lamb and onion pancakes (really good for sharing).
Dessert was interesting – miso soft cone anyone? However the highlight was definitely the ‘yoghurt cream’ – very cool texture (light, powdery but then actually turns quite creamy) with fresh lychees and raspberries. Oishii!
Check out Supernormal soon though – it’s only open for a limited amount of time…until they open up their Flinders Lane location.
One of the guys posed an interesting hypothetical to the group – you’re given two suitcases.
In one, a vial containing a formula where once you drink it, you’ll be able to eat anything you want without any weight/cholesterol/health problems.
In the other case, is $5 million in cold hard cash. This question is also known as the ‘fat kid’ test.
At first I said I’d take the money, to which one of my friends was completely shocked – (great, so I’m a renowned fattie..) However thinking about it again, there would probably be someone out there who values that vial at over $5M, so I could probably sell it for more ….and if not, then I’d be pretty happy to drink the vial for myself anyway!
Saturday was White Night – where from 7pm to 7am, Melbourne opens its doors and museums, light exhibitions, art centres etc are open for the whole night.
White Night originally started as ‘Nuit Blanche’ in Nantes in France (where a ‘white night’ means an ‘all-nighter’) and has since spread to cities such as Montreal, Bucharest, Paris and now Melbourne!
I actually went to the one in Montreal which was a completely different experience seeing as it was held during winter in -30 degree weather (nothing stops those Canadians from having a good time!). I went to Melbourne’s White Night last year was which really great (crowded though) and this year was even more crowded! I read that this year, up to 550,000 people attended. Makes sense as it took around half an hour to just walk a few blocks down Swanston Street!
However the atmosphere was quite cool and the city looked so beautiful illuminated by all the light exhibitions. We got in around 11pm to the city which is when I think it was really crowded, so lines for most exhibitions were really really long so unfortunately didn’t actually get a chance to go in many places – maybe next time I’ll get started around 2am when the crowds die down!
Super exhausted after White Night, but still managed to haul myself out to get to church early since I was on the kid’s church team that day. Nothing like chasing after tiny (yet suprisingly highly mobile) 2 year olds and running games for active 9 year olds to wake you up!
Afterwards, a group of us went to Niko Niko (opposite Holmesglen and a very short distance from Chadstone). Niko Niko is a Chinese restaurant (though it doesn’t sound very Chinese) with specialties including their double steamed rice. I had to get that – and had the chicken, mushroom and Chinese sausage variety….don’t know if it was because I had skipped breakfast that day, but it was so delicious and everything was really tender. My friend also got the pumpkin congee which I had never seen before!
- Supernormal Canteen, 53 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy (limited time only – permanent location on Flinders Lane to be opened). Supernormal.net.au
- Niko Niko, 639-641 Warrigal Rd, Chadstone.
- White Night, various locations around the CBD, whitenightmelbourne.com.au