2017 Eat Drink Design Awards: Winner for Best Restaurant Design


Jury comment

Viet next door represents the pinnacle of craftsmanship and an example where a lot of thought has clearly been invested in every detail. It’s an impressive interior and strangely atmospheric for all its simplicity. All elements of the interior have been made from the ground up and exist in delicate suspension with each other, even down to the alignment of the flex and tension wire supporting the handmade fixtures. Adelaide has a long history of excellent Vietnamese cuisine and this family business has been taken in a unique direction that is thoughtful from its interior. This space is in a way a break from the usual management of family restaurants – it is a place where every detail has been thought out and executed in an extremely disciplined manner, while remaining very inventive, playful and rich in attention to detail.

Design statement

The goal was to create a Vietnamese tapas bar for owner and chef Ben Phan to express his creative culinary energy while paying homage to his traditional training experience. Inspiration was drawn from his family’s humble beginnings in Vietnam, where simple materials were used in practical details. The space had to reflect a new energy, culinary maturity and familiarity at the same time to create a cultural bond. Flamed tiled granite floor and walls blend into the top of the split-face bar, adding cohesive imperfections and creating rustic minimalism. The entrance is surrounded by simple benches upholstered in reddish khaki and granite tables. Oak walls with woven grass inlaid wallpaper sits above the cabin areas, with the shaped upholstered seats blending into the oak joinery contrasting the granite. Locally made tables use the traditional craft of eggshell mosaic.

Viet next door
73a, route d’Addision
Pennington SA 5013

Génésin workshop
Level 9, 25, rue Franklin
Adelaide SA 5000
+61 8 7009 4631

See the entire image gallery on the Eat Drink Design Awards website.

The Eat Drink Design Awards 2017 are organized by Architecture Media and AGM Publishing and supported by main partner Taubmans; the main partners Planned Cover and Shadowfax Wines; and support partners Was, stellar works, Map, Schiavello, Laminex and Latitude.

Thank you also to our event partners Sample, Four Pillars Gin and Sanpellegrino.

The Eat Drink Design Awards are endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Design Institute of Australia.



Published online: Nov 14, 2017
Images: Jonathan VDK


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