It didn’t seem that long ago that Sean’s Kitchen turned one and now we had the privilege to celebrate Madame Hanoi’s inaugural birthday. As one of the stunning restaurants that breathed new life into Adelaide Casino, it has proved to be popular in the past year. Chef Nic Watt has transformed the place from what it was with the help of Adelaide’s incredibly talented artist, Emma Hack.
The mural that spans two storeys high has certainly been a talking point and undoubtedly photographed numerous times. Myself included, how can one not. Throughout the restaurant little trinkets and ornaments create a sense of a foreign world you could immerse yourself in. Look above you and the vaulted ceilings will give you a sense of an older world, full of character and history. As for the food, you probably guessed by the name that it is French-Vietnamese.
Tonight’s celebrations were in the bar, fitting for the launch of a new Saison beer with Pirate Life Brewing in conjunction with Madame Hanoi’s anniversary. They brewed a beer with kaffir lime, mango and coriander seed to capture some flavours of Asian cuisine. It was a good beer that was easy to drink and went well with our canapés that night.
Soon after, delicious canapés filled the room and we couldn’t just have one. The flavours were balanced and I enjoyed everything we had. It didn’t help that we were sat near the stairs where ridiculously fragrant dishes were being brought upstairs to a party. As naughty as it may be I was tempted to trip the waitress over and catch her tray then run off with it but no, it wouldn’t bode well, I shall just have to come back and order everything in due time.
Rare Beef with White Anchovy and Betel Leaf
Pork Belly Cold Rolls
Soft Shell Crab in Brioche with Chilli Lime Mayo
Crispy Fried Baby Squid
I think it is time we gather a group again for a feed me experience. I love those feed me nights, takes the stress of ordering and food envy away. Thank you Madame Hanoi and Adelaide Casino for inviting us to celebrate with you. Cheers to many more anniversaries!
Disclaimer: Foodie Ling was invited as guests of Madame Hanoi.