Menu Peek: Andrew McConnell's all-vegetarian summer pop-up

What began earlier this year as a summer pop-up at Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria, Supernormal Natsu will reappear at Andrew McConnell's Supernormal Canteen in St Kilda next year.

Following the success of the 2018 residency in the NGV for the Triennial, McConnell will bring the format back for a ten-day residency from 15 - 27 January.

This time around, the restaurateur behind Cutler & Co., Cumulus Inc., Marion, the Builders Arms Hotel and Supernormal, is ditching meat.

“Today we are seeing such a broader selection of vegetables from our growers,” says McConnell. “They are the ingredients 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.”

McConnell is sourcing native flora and sea vegetables from local organic growers, while his team will make silken tofu and handmade udon noodles in house daily.

The menu will feature an eggplant parmigiana katsu sandwich, instead of the traditional pork; a variety of vegetable yakitori with fermented flatbread; and fresh bamboo shoots with yuzu buttermilk.

Sydney chef Brent Savage of vegetarian restaurant Yellow will also be cooking on Supernormal Natsu's opening night party.

“Having a solely vegetable-driven menu gives me the opportunity to focus on interesting and heirloom varietals, grown by local suppliers. By treating vegetables with the same consideration as protein, we hope to show these dishes are just as delicious as any other menu item. Being able to work with Andrew and the Supernormal team to explore their relationship with vegetables and their creative take on this new menu is fantastic,” says Savage.