Both times service has been efficient and friendly and the atmosphere is less frantic than at Cumulus. The chairs and tables and wooden stools at the bar are the same but in this huge one level dining room that is light, bright and airy, they exude a different vibe. There's a calm about the place...possible the Japanese zen like influence? It borders on clinical but the creativity when it comes to food and drink and the cute little Japanese vending machine save it from being so!
So on my virginal visit we started with:
- Sea Bream, White Soy & Ginger
- New England Lobster Roll
And then we revisited the old friend, the lobster roll. Hands down, it is delicious and I think there's more lobster meat than there has been previous. Soft brioche bun, sweetness enhanced by the white lobster meat.but I still think it's pricey for the pleasure at $16. Recently Steve and I had a pork roll at Northern Light that was slightly bigger and just as pleasurable for $9. I know comparing lobster to pork is like beer v champage and there will always be a price differential but pleasure ratings can be a common denominator.
- Pan fried pot sticker dumplings
- Boiled prawn and chicken dumpling, chilli & vinegar sauce
Pan fried pot stickers were nicely presented and enjoyable. Probably the blander of the dumpling types but there's always room for cleaner, simpler flavours when they're good.
- Whole Roasted Flounder, spring onion & ginger
- Brussels sprouts, Chinese sausage
- Peanut butter parfait, salted caramel & soft chocolate
- Almond cake, vanilla ice cream, mandarin, plum wine granita
- Fried custard, ginger syrup
I was excited about the fried custard but didn't really enjoy the ginger syrup and felt it overpowered the delicate egg vanilla goodness of custard - maybe a different accompaniment?
Perhaps my favourite dessert out of the three and is unpictured, is the almond cake which was a light sponge with a delicious creamy icecream and then a palatte cleansing mandarin and plum wine granita. I loved the citrus notes and the dehydrated mandarin and the clean flavours of sponge and vanilla ice cream.
Supernormal Canteen is like Golden Fields but a calmer, refined grown up version. I think it's a great addition to the Flinders Lane strip and look forward to returning.