Hippopotamus Restaurant – Museum Hotel, Wellington

For those planning corporate entertainment and who want a change from the upstairs room at the Boulcott Street Bistro, Shed 5, Logan Brown or Martin Bosley (all of which I visit regularly) can I recommend the Hippopotamus Restaurant on level 3 of the Museum Hotel.  Hotel owner Chris Parkin kindly encouraged my visit and I am very grateful for the invitation. I must confess to not knowing that a restaurant of this quality existed at the Museum Hotel before the invitation.

The view from our table out over the moored yachts and inner harbour was excellent.

Service was superb.  Both waiters appeared to be French (well both were native French speakers).

The menu was was interesting – plenty of choice

Wendy and both had seared scallops on cauliflower puree, crustacean sauce and lemon dressed micro green rocket to begin.  They were superb.

Wendy enjoyed her main of pan seared snapper on a pea and vanilla risotto with coconut and almond froth while I had the fillet steak.  This was 250g and wonderfully tender (maybe is was partially grain fed – I should have asked).  This was accompanied by steamed vegetables and fries (my choice – there were several potato options).

We shared a crème brûlée for desert – not on the menu.  Thank goodness we shared as it was very generously sized.

The wine list was good (no organically grown wines from Central Otago…) with wines from France, Australia and New Zealand.  We settled for a Hawkes Bay Chardonnay (Matariki) which went very well with both the scallops and snapper.

Thanks Chris Parkin and his team for a great evening.  We had a great meal, and recommend Hippopotamus very strongly.






2 Responses to “Hippopotamus Restaurant – Museum Hotel, Wellington”

  1. Adolf Fiinkensein Says:

    Jesus George on a bicycle! Only someone on a Wellingtonian salary could afford to even look inside the door of that joint!

    I’ll stick to my magic Vietnamese place down the road where the tucker is exquisite and costs $85 (not each) for four people, three courses and an excellent bottle of chardonnay goes for $35.

  2. Nigel Kearney Says:

    Charles, would you please delete this post.

    Recommendations like this only make the place more popular and drive up the cost for those of us who have been going there for years and would like it to remain a secret.


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