An opulent cocktail bar, tables stiffly dressed in white, the dining theatre of crepes Suzette expertly prepared tableside – all this indicates a serious restaurant worth dressing up for. The whole package is faultlessly delivered by one of the best front-of-house teams in the capital. Guidance through the enormous wine list by sommelier Florent Souche’s team is knowledgeable and informative, though never condescending. Long-standing chef Laurent Loudeac recently passed the reins to Jiwon Do, the timing of this change ruling Hippopotamus out of the scoring for this year. However, as Do is a former senior sous chef here, we have high hopes that this kitchen will continue to delight. Located in the QT Museum Hotel, Hippopotamus flaunts bold interiors and thought-provoking artwork, fine dining and harbour views.

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