Four Adelaide restaurants have been shortlisted among the country’s best for the 2018 Australian Interior Design Awards.

Vietnamese tapas joint Viet Next Door, health bowl bar Bowlsome, Asian “fire-house” Shobosho and Melt’s bayside outpost have been shortlisted in the best hospitality design category.

Viet Next Door isn’t even open yet, but its sharp, contemporary fit-out by Genesin Studio has already turned a few heads. The highly anticipated Pennington restaurant – from the family behind neighbouring Vietnam Restaurant – features a carefully considered interior of neutral tones, booth seating, eggshell mosaic tables and granite on the walls, floor and central bar. The latest nod follows a win at the Eat Drink Design awards last year.

Bowlsome, which recently opened in the Seaview Road redevelopment, is shortlisted for its slick interior by Williams Burton Leopardi. The pint-sized shop features glazed, un-grouted tiling, a concrete wall textured by hand, and a “well” made to emulate a handmade ceramic bowl complete with self-serve taps of kombucha, nitro cold brew and sparkling water.

Its neighbour, spacious all-day diner Melt, has also scored praise for its light, bright and breezy design by Studio-Gram, which lifts from the beachside surroundings with accents of Cypress pine, coral-pink booths and sea-green tiling.

Studio-Gram’s interior for Leigh Street restaurant Shobosho has also received a nod. Chef Adam Liston’s fire-driven menu is the inspiration behind the fit-out, which features fire-blackened, charcoal-like timber alongside natural wood panelling and tables.

Studio-Gram co-director Dave Bickmore will grace the judging panel for the awards, alongside seven esteemed interior designers and architects from across the country.

Beyond hospitality, the national awards recognise projects across retail, workplace, public installation and residential design.

Two Adelaide firms were shortlisted for best workplace design: Walter Brooke and Associates for Design Studio and Williams Burton Leopardi for WBL Studio. We Are Triibe are shortlisted for their work on Aje’s retail fit-out, and Studio-Gram are shortlisted, together with Kate Russo, for their design on a residential property in Millswood.

This year’s awards program is the largest yet, garnering more than 600 entries from across the country. The full list of final award recipients will be announced at Sydney’s Hyatt Regency on Friday May 25.

For the full shortlist, visit