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EXECUTIVE CHEF: Laurent Loudeac

Laurent loves what he does and it shows. Although classically trained in the traditional French method, Laurent has an open attitude to food. His management style is such he receives respect from his staff and has a low staff turnover; he treats his staff fairly and equally. Laurent has been in the hospitality industry for 25 years now and loves the way it is going forward, and that there is always room for improvement. He enjoys the industry for its challenges, self-satisfaction and of course for making people happy and having a great time.


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Maciej Zimny

Maciej Zimny is the Restaurant Manager/ Head Sommelier at Hippopotamus. Joining the team in November 2012, Maciej works alongside long-time lauded executive chef Laurent Loudéac. “It was time for a new challenge. I opted for Australia and got a job working front-of-house for Dockside in Sydney, a large hospitality group specialising in functions. I was promoted to front-of-house manager and became the company’s wine consultant after one year and after two years I joined Matt Moran’s Aria as senior sommelier. I fell in love with Australasian wines and especially New Zealand wines, so I decided to come to New Zealand. Hippopotamus stood out for me, with its outstanding reputation, focus on art and culture and being an independent boutique hotel, not part of a chain”
NZ has many similarities with Poland and I felt at home almost straight away. Both economies are now more open, they’ve developed more sophisticated dining cultures and both enjoy great produce.

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Private Dining Room

Hippopotamus restaurant is delighted to introduce its luxurious Private Dining Room “Le Salon de Louis Roederer”

We have designed a gourmet selection of Private Dining set menus for you to choose when making your reservation.

This intimate room has a capacity of 12, with a minimum of eight. For groups of less than 8 we charge a small room hire fee of $250.00 inclusive of GST.

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Early Evening Dining

Complete your day or commence your artistic evening with a sumptuous early evening set menu at Hippopotamus restaurant and cocktail bar.

Experience the art of fine dining for only $60pp with a two course set menu.

Expand your creative voyage with a self-guided art tour of Chris Parkin's collection in the Museum Art Hotel and savour a stylish cocktail
with dessert in the glamorous Hippopotamus cocktail bar - art guides are available at reception.

Early evening dining two course set menu - $60.00pp

Early evening dining three course set menu - $75.00pp

To please note tables must be vacated by 7.30pm.
Bookings are essential.

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Enjoy Christmas In Style

At Hippopotamus we are getting very excited with the Christmas culinary delights on offer.

Whether you are celebrating the festive season with family or friends this year, do it in style! It is true Christmas can feel like a lot of work, but when you look back on all of the Christmases in your life, you will find you have created family traditions and lasting memories. Why not join us this Christmas Day 2014. We will remove the stress and work load while you indulge yourself in our sumptuous Christmas menu.

The Christmas Day menu starts at $175.00pp.

Bookings are essential.


Make This New Year's Eve Truly Unique

New Year’s Eve is the time for sophisticated elegance.

Experience a fantastic five-course degustation menu with a selection of wines carefully matched to each course.

Start off your night with a glass of Louis Roederer Champagne and a selection of canapés followed by a unique dinner designed by Laurent Loudeac. Enjoy a truly decadent evening in the luxurious surroundings of the Museum Art Hotel.

New Year's Eve menu start at $155.00

For your chance to take part in this wonderful event, contact the Hippopotamus team to find out more!