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January 22, 2015

Madame Hanoi launches

The tide of new restaurants engulfing Adelaide continues unabated with the launch of Madame Hanoi - a French Vietnamese restaurant brought here by New Zealand chef Nic Watt.

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  • Pictures: Daniel Marks

Following-on from the successful launch of Sean’s Kitchen, the Adelaide Casino continues its re-invention with Madame Hanoi – a new offering from New Zealand chef Nic Watt due to open tomorrow (January 23).

A veteran traveller, chef Nic hopes to capture the unique co-existence of French and Vietnamese flavour influences that can be found of the streets of Hanoi. South Australian produce will be employed to create the balance between buttery pastry and zesty spice that part of the world is known for.

With an additional focus on coffee, the restaurant is set to be popular from its morning opening time of 7am right through to the late closing time. Buttery pastries and crepes will soothe hangover heads each morning, as will some Banh Mi options especially designed for breakfast eating.

Designed by architects at The Buchan Group, Madame Hanoi’s space was conceived with a deliberate eye to protecting and enhancing the heritage aspects of the space. As such, the vaulted ceiling has become a focus, as have the 1920s ticket booths which were unearthed and restored to be used as features near the espresso bar.

A collaboration with artist Emma Hack has resulted in a huge mural spanning two-storeys on the far wall. Painted over two storey, the piece gels perfectly with the curios and knick-knacks scattered about the restaurant that were sourced by the artists when she travelled to Vietnam for inspiration.




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