Adelaide Casino, North Terrace, Adelaide
08 8218 4166
Madame Hanoi brings the union of Vietnamese and French cuisine to the heart of the city in the form of a sophisticated and vibrant bistro open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – or simply for guests to sample the impressive drinks menu with some light bites and stay on until the early hours.
For award-winning chef Nic Watt, the opportunity to work with SKYCITY to open a premium venue in Adelaide represented a chance to work with the freshest produce in Australia. He made his first foray into the culinary world by attending a catering college in New Zealand, before travelling the world to build on his skills. In Tokyo he worked at the Park Hyatt and then continued on to London, working at world renowned Michelin-starred, Nobu and the Park Hyatt.
In 2004 he co-founded the Roka restaurant group with friend and mentor Rainer Becker, taking home a slew of prizes in their first year. In 2013 he returned to New Zealand to lead the kitchen at the acclaimed Huka Lodge before opening MASU by Nic Watt. After winning several prestigious food prizes within months of opening, Nic turned his sights to Australia in January 2015, opening Madame Hanoi in the heritage-listed site of the Adelaide Casino.
Executive Chef, Darren Johnson, heads up the kitchen, having previously spent 17 years cooking in international cuisine hot spots Melbourne and London. First Darren worked under Nic as Head Chef of Roka, before leading the kitchen at MASU and then on to Adelaide.
Diners can come in for a leisurely breakfast, or stop by for an on-the-go morning coffee and Croque Monsieur. Madame Hanoi serves the specialty
Vietnamese cold drip espresso, made with Papua New Guinean single origin coffee and condensed milk.
The lunch and dinner menu is best experienced shared, with a selection of small and large plates. Favourites include Son-in-Law Duck Eggs, Pho, and the range of Bao, including soft shell crab. Francophiles will love the option of escargot, served with beurre noisette, shallots, garlic, parmesan vogel crumbs and brioche.
The menu also offers the experience of traditional Vietnamese street food. Grilled Hervey Bay scallops, served with chilli, lime and soy sit above crispy chicken wings with fish sauce, red chilli and mint. Other favourites include crispy pork belly, accompanied by Vietnamese herbs, hoisin sauce and lettuce cups, and grilled rockling served with galangal, turmeric, dill and peanuts.
To drink, Madame Hanoi has a wide range of wines, local and international beers, and Vietnamese-inspired signature cocktails. Try a pint of more than 14 craft beers on tap or the Asian inspired refreshing cocktail list. If wine’s your preference, try one of the many South Australian varieties on offer – with a list that includes ‘textural, fruity, floral and bright whites’ and ‘concentrated, rich, spiced and firm reds’.
Set across two levels, visual artist Emma Hack curated the interior of the venue that seamlessly marries the two cultures, introduced by the two-storey mural that greets visitors upon entry. For any occasion, Madame Hanoi is an authentic way to experience the union of two rich culinary cultures.