Madame Hanoi by Chef Nic Watts is based inside the Adelaide Casino. There are four separate dining areas, with a bar both downstairs and upstairs. You can relax and have a few drinks whilst admiring the pictures on the wall. All the staff were extremely friendly and professional. We were told that all the dishes were not large and all were designed to share.
I began with a bang cua lot. It consisted of soft shell crab in a little brioche with chilli lime mayonnaise. It wasn't a normal coloured brioche, it was a black bun. I assume with the help of a little bit of squid ink to give it that colour. The bun was beautifully soft almost with a cake like texture. The squid ink didn't impart much of the flavour apart from a little saltiness.
The next dish was spanner crab wrapped in betal leaf. A member in our group didn't enjoy this dish, because of the strong crab smell. For myself I put the leaf and the crab meat together with pomelo and chilli all in one bite. The combination was juicy and I would say mouth popping.
There were a few 'bao' to choose from on the menu. 'Bao' refers to bun. These came in serves of three and they are not round. They are similar to a sandwich bun, or flat bread fold in half? This one consisted of beef, pickles and chilli which gave it the extra kick. The servings were quite small, I could finish all three in no time.
The baby squid is a must order, lightly battered and sprinkled with smoked chilli. We squeezed a little kaffir lime over the squid just before we ate them. Delicious!!
You can never go wrong with a salad, it is always very refreshing. Not only did it look good, it was delicious and probably healthy too. It was a vinegar based salad which consisted of shredded papaya, green mango, coriander and sprinkled with peanuts. It was so good that we wanted to lick the plate clean.
We finished off with a roasted baby chicken marinated with lemongrass. Yum, the meat was very tender. However I do wished it was marinated for longer as I thought it needed a little more taste.
Madame Hanoi is not your everyday cheap and big serves Vietnamese restaurant. It is a result of a fusion of French and Vietnamese cuisine that is ready to tantalise your tastebuds. Why not come and try for yourself?
Visit Madame Hanoi - Adelaide Casino, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000 - (08) 8212 2811