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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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New Zealand vs. France on a plate!

Thursday 4th September 2014

An evening of fun and fine dining at Hippopotamus Restaurant!

Back by popular demand! Experience this fantastique six-course degustation menu with a selection of French and New Zealand wines carefully matched to each course. Wine representatives, Rick Lindsay, of Eurovintage, from New Zealand, and Jean Christophe Poizat of Maison Vauron, France, will lead you in the debate to choose your perfect match with each course. Take notes, compare palates and vote for your favourite combination of wine and food. Enjoy this gastronomique evening of fun and fine dining within the luxurious décor of Hippopotamus Restaurant.

Save the date: 7.00pm, Thursday 4th September 2014, $215.00pp
For your chance to take part in this wonderful event, contact the Hippopotamus team to find out more!

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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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Dry River Winemakers Dinner

Museum Art Hotel and Hippopotamus restaurant will feature a six course degustation with a selection of different styles of wines from one of the greatest winery Dry River.  A truly decadent evening in the luxurious surroundings of the Billiards room. The Billiards Room is located on the ground level of the Museum Art Hotel and houses two full sized Billiards tables which you may use at your leisure throughout the evening.

Wilco Lam and Coralie Allexant-Manière will be representing Dry River on the evening to talk you through the art behind the creation of the fine wine.

Save the date: Tuesday 2th September 2014, 7.00pm, $215.00pp Billiards room

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

 

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Pyramid Valley Winemakers Dinner

Museum Art Hotel and Hippopotamus restaurant will feature a six course degustation with a selection of different styles of wines from one of the greatest winery Pyramid Valley.  A truly decadent evening in the luxurious surroundings of the Billiards room. The Billiards Room is located on the ground level of the Museum Art Hotel and houses two full sized Billiards tables which you may use at your leisure throughout the evening.

Mike and Claudia Weersing will be representing Pyramid Valley on the evening to talk you through the art behind the creation of the fine wine.

Save the date: Wednesday 3th September 2014, 7.00pm, $215.00pp Billiards Room

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

 

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