Pavement Whispers: renowned Melbourne eatery Supernormal is opening in Brisbane next year
Pavement Whispers: renowned Melbourne eatery Supernormal is opening in Brisbane next year

Pavement Whispers: renowned Melbourne eatery Supernormal is opening in Brisbane next year

In huge news for fans of Andrew McConnell’s Flinders Lane eatery Supernormal, the acclaimed Asian-inspired restaurant is set to open a sibling venue in Brisbane at the end of 2023. Highly regarded hospitality group Trader House has linked up with Cbus Property to open the eatery (the group’s first concept outside of Melbourne) at 443 Queen Street, promising the same killer menu inspired by the flavours of Tokyo, Shanghai, Seoul and Hong Kong. Here’s what we know …

Yes, that’s right – Supernormal is coming to Brisbane. This is big news. Why? Any seasoned food lover who’s familiar with Melbourne’s jam-packed dining landscape will say, even amongst the city’s crowded restaurant scene, that Supernormal is a must-visit establishment. Chef and restaurateur Andrew McConnell’s perpetually pumping Flinders Lane locale is one of Melbourne’s biggest proponents of ​​pan-Asian eats, with a menu that boasts traditional and  contemporary riffs on classic dishes spanning Japanese, Korean and Chinese cuisines (plus plenty of ambrosial cocktails to boot). Now, Andrew and Trader House (the hospitality group he co-owns with Jo McGann that includes Cutler & Co., Gimlet at Cavendish House, Marion and Cumulus Inc.) is expanding outside of Melbourne for the first time, picking Brisbane City as the site for a brand-new Supernormal location. The news comes at a time when several big-name chefs are bringing their talents north, with Guy Grossi set to open Settimo at The Westin Brisbane and Adrian Richardson reportedly also expanding his restaurant portfolio to Brisbane City.

Supernormal will open at 443 Queen Street, Cbus Property’s world-class residential tower project currently rising above the river walk. As far as inner-city locations go, it’s hard to beat. “There is a special combination of relationship, location, environment and architecture at 443 Queen Street that we are seriously excited to be a part of,” says Andrew McConnell in a press statement. “For the past seven years, we’ve welcomed many interstate and international guests to Supernormal in Melbourne. Now, we look forward to contributing to Brisbane’s already growing and vibrant food scene. There’s also a bounty of some of the country’s best produce available. What a thrill to be able to explore this as we refine our offering.” Trader House’s relationship with Cbus Property stretches back to Supernormal’s origins, with its home at 171 Collins Street another Cbus development. Here in Brisbane, Trader House will once again work with architectural and interior design experts Vince Alafaci and Caroline Choker of Sydney’s ACME to bring Supernormal to life, with a 120-seat layout set to also boast alfresco and private dining spaces. Details on Supernormal’s Brisbane menu are limited, but the team confirms that local produce from Queensland’s farmers, fishers and foragers will play a big role. 

Supernormal is expected to open in Brisbane in late 2023, opening seven days a week for all-day dining, lunch and dinner. Stay tuned for more details.

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