Andrew McConnell will be temporarily heading up Garden Restaurant at the National Gallery of Victoria from 19th to 28th January as part of the multifaceted 10-day Triennial EXTRA festival. The award-winning chef will be using this takeover opportunity to transform the gallery’s eatery into Supernormal Natsu, giving festivalgoers more than enough reason to take some time between all the dance, performance, pop-up bars and talks to munch down on an exclusive summer menu.
Drawing on much of what makes Supernormal one of Australia’s best known restaurants, the pop-up pan-Asian eatery will celebrate the smells, tastes and sounds of Natsu, which is the Japanese word for “Summer”. This will mostly be done with a special Japanese hibachi grill, positioned on the restaurant’s breezy terrace and used to dish out plenty of grilled meat and seafood dishes complemented by locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Specialty vegetable dishes will also be served up, as well as an array of summer-inspired shaved ice desserts.
“The Garden Restaurant at NGV is one of the most beautiful dining rooms in Melbourne”, said McConnell. “I am thrilled with the opportunity to work with the NGV, bringing Supernormal Natsu to St Kilda Road, exclusive for Triennial EXTRA”.
During Triennial EXTRA, the NGV will come alive with participatory and experiential events taking place throughout the exhibition and NGV Garden. The free program of art, performance, fashion, music, design and ideas will include Shakespearean excerpts performed by actors from Bell Shakespeare within the new large-scale sculptural work Mass by Ron Mueck. Musicians getting involved in the program with live performances include Jungle Giants, Saskwatch, Dan Sultan, Cloud Control, Tex Perkins, Dave Graney & Clare Moore, and Miami Horror.
Triennial EXTRA is open from 6pm – midnight and will run from 19 – 28 January 2018 at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Entry to all programs and events is free.