Located within Adelaide Casino, Madame Hanoi Bar and Bistro was designed to evoke the French colonial era in Vietnam. The restaurant’s theme was chosen by its chef, Nic Watt, as the setting for an offering of French and Vietnamese-inspired flavours found on the streets of Hanoi.
The Buchan Group’s design for the space maximises the volume and heritage features of the 1925 former Adelaide Railway Station. The coffered ceiling has been brought into focus, as have the 1920s ticket booths which are used as features near the espresso bar. A new 199m² mezzanine floor, above which the original vaulted, heritage ceiling spans the entire space, is a significant feature of the design.
Dominating the richly layered and detailed space is a soaring mural by Adelaide artist Emma Hack, depicting Madame Hanoi. Elements from the mural have been extracted and developed by the graphic designers for logos, menus and intricate lacquer work on the coffee machine.
Dark timber walls and flooring were employed to evoke the interiors of traditional Vietnamese guesthouses and ornate wrought iron screens and gates were designed along the interface with the Casino entry lobby.
Externally, new French/Hanoi café-style windows were installed between the existing granite columns, with a doorway opening to a small morning café. Set just beneath the Madame Hanoi mural, the café was designed in an understated style with black and white floor tiles creating a very simple French aesthetic.
The opening of Madame Hanoi in January 2015 marked the completion of the progressive upgrade of the existing Adelaide Casino facilities by Skycity as part of a broader vision for the expansion of the property.