Hippopotamus Restaurant

Hippopotamus Restaurant and Cocktail Bar is the award-winning signature restaurant at the design-led luxury hotel, QT Wellington. Under the direction of Executive Chef Sylvester Nair, Hippopotamus is a French-inspired fine dining restaurant serving breakfast, dinner and high tea.



Chef Collaboration Series: Sean Connolly

No more Airs and Graces. Turning on its head the idea of French cuisine as fine-dining fodder, Hippopotamus plays host to Chef Sean Connolly of Esther for a night of relaxed feasting and a familial menu to share.

Connolly’s approach to Mediterranean cuisine sees flavours and spices from Sicily to the South of France and as far as Morocco executed with exacting simplicity. By contrast, Hippopotamus’ French fine dining has earned it two Cuisine Hats and a reputation as an iconic Wellington institution for celebrations and silverware.

We’re breaking the mould of 13 years of fine hospitality by breaking bread Esther-style. Enjoy Connolly’s relaxed feasting menu accompanied by fine wines from Hippopotamus Head Sommelier, Florent Souche. Expect a feasting menu served family-style of Connolly's best dishes from Esther created in collaboration with Esther Executive Chef, James Laird. Think puff bread with taramasalata, octopus malfadine, coastal lamb rack, and rum baba to finish.

    *Cannot cater to dietary requirements


Various times

May 11, 6:00pm - Late

Price: $220

Event enquiries: kirsten_nagel@evt.com

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Queer Eye For The Fungi

Dish Description: Entrée
Stracciatella and wild mushroom tortellini, walnut velouté, French parsley oil and parmesan foam.

Beef fillet in black Périgord truffle and dijon rub with porcini mushroom, barley risotto and charred cauliflower and caramelised butternut squash purée.

Hazelnut bavarois and lemon curd 'mushroom' with beetroot and strawberry sponge, truffle cocoa streusel and a Lucid Chocolatier financier.

Fungi is having a glow-up from the team at Hippopotamus. Shining light into the depths of damp and dark, enjoy a three-course set menu that heroes fungi in its many wonderful forms. It's a bit of fun and a lot of funk, with all of Hippopotamus' signature finesse.

    *Cannot cater to dietary requirements

Price: $99

Availability: Dinner

*Booking required


Avant Nightcap

Schubert Müller-Thurgau 'Dolce' infused with housemade Mushroom House oyster mushroom liqueur. Accompanied by a vol-au-vent filled with oyster mushroom from the liqueur, topped with Kāpiti Kahurangi and dusted with porcini powder.

    *Cannot cater to dietary requirements

Price: $25