In 2016, Brent Savage’s award-winning Sydney restaurant Yellow made a switch to become the city’s first fine-dining vegetarian restaurant.
It was as much choice to champion vegetables as an ethical one, and Savage’s goal was to create a stellar plant-based menu to prove vegetarian dishes can be just as delicious as protein-led ones.
On January 14, 2019, Savage (behind Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Monopole and Cirrus, and 2015 Good Food Guide's Chef of the Year) will take over the kitchen at chef Andrew McConnell’s Supernormal Canteen for the launch of the second iteration of his popular pop-up concept Supernormal Natsu – natsu meaning summer in Japanese.
Savage’s six-course menu will be entirely vegetarian, of course, and incorporate the pan-Asian flavours favoured by the relaxed Fitzroy Street restaurant.
To start there’s sweet peas with macadamia, and wasabi oil, followed by torched avocado with pistachio, sea grapes and yuzu kosho (Japanese seasoning). Then, it’s spiced pumpkin in an aromatic sauce; abalone mushroom with egg yolk, potato and pepperberry; and koji rice (a type of fermented rice) with snake beans and nori. For dessert there’s sheep’s milk yoghurt sorbet with blueberry and licorice.
Dinner is $75 a head (excluding drinks), and bookings are recommended. Sittings from 7pm.