The Art of Fine Dining

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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.


Laurent Loudeac


Dear Diners

Hippopotamus Restaurant and Cocktail Bar will be closed from Thursday 7 July until Sunday 24 July 2016. Our kitchen will undergo a very exciting refurbishment and as a result, Lunch, High Tea, Dinner and Degustation meals will not be available during this time. We are due to reopen Monday 25 July, for you to enjoy a fine dining experience like no other.  
For our hotel guests, a light breakfast will be served daily from our Tamburini room, located on the ground level of the Hotel. An in-room dining menu with a selection of bar snacks and platter options will also be available.
We apologise in advance for any disappointment caused and we look forward to welcoming you back to your favourite dishes in the near future. 
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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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Billiards Room

Known to be the most exotic dining room in New Zealand, the stunning Billiards room can host as many as 20 guests around its large table.
The beautiful décor and layout of the room allows for a sophisticated experience as guests are able to walk about the room to view the wonderful artwork. The room also holds two original billiard tables ready to play, for those up for a game.
A personalised kitchen allows for meals to be prepared and ready to be served in moments for guests to indulge in true fine dining style.
'Come dine with us'.