Four Adelaide venues have made the shortlist for the 2017 Eat Drink Design Awards, which are dedicated to innovative design in Australia and New Zealand’s food and drink spaces.

Asian “fire-house” Shobosho, new-school Vietnamese “tapas bar” Viet Next Door and contemporary fish and chipper Smallfry Seafood are short-listed in the Best Restaurant Design category. High-end cellar door St Hugo scored a place in the Best Retail category.

Highly anticipated Vietnamese tapas joint Viet Next Door hasn’t even opened yet, but its slick fit-out by Genesin Studio is already garnering attention. Expect neutral tones, booth seating, mosaic tables and plenty of granite – it makes up the walls, flooring and central bar.

Sans-Arc Studio’s Matiya Marović was instrumental in Smallfry Seafood’s cool and modern interior. While there are still elements of the classic suburban fish and chip shop – a curtain made from strips of transparent PVC hangs in the entrance – they’ve been toned down in favour of timber cladding, oyster-shell tiles and speckled blue cement tables courtesy of local studio Love Concrete.

Shobosho’s fire-driven menu is the inspiration behind Studio –Gram’s fit-out, which features fire-blackened, charcoal-like timber alongside natural wood panelling and tables. The studio also completed the re-design of multi-million-dollar project St Hugo. The Barossa Valley cellar door and restaurant features exposed stone walls, marble and timber tables, and a chef’s bar overlooking the kitchen, where you can enjoy a 3.5-hour guided meal.

Broadsheet is no stranger to the prowess of our local designers. Studio –Gram, Sans-Arc Studio and Genesin Studio have consistently made waves interstate and abroad for their bold and ambitious designs.

“The Instagram scroll leaves little time to capture someone’s attention,” Studio –Gram’s Dave Bickmore told Broadsheet earlier this year. “The images created by design become intrinsic to the way a venue can connect, both with its current and potential clientele.”

Adelaide architect firm Woods Bagot also received a nod in the Best Installation Design category for its upgrade of the Platinum Club, a plush bar and lounge inside the Great Southern Rail (GSR); and the Campos coffee kiosk at International Towers Sydney.

The winners of the Eat Drink Design Awards will be announced on Tuesday November 14 in Melbourne. The winners from each award category will receive a cash prize of $1500. All shortlisted projects can be viewed online at

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