Food & Dining

Hippopotamus Restaurant's "Sweet As" Burger Flips #burgerwelly on Its Head - a Dessert Masquerading as a Main Course

Nestled between lush farmland and the sparkling harbour, Wellington is a foodie's paradise, with an abundance of fresh produce from the local Greater Wellington region. To truly appreciate French fine dining paired with Wellington harbour at its finest, find your way to the third floor of the Museum Art Hotel – soon to evolve to become QT Museum Wellington - to Hippopotamus Restaurant and Cocktail Bar.

Over two weeks in August, the country's biggest and most exciting food festival Visa Wellington On a Plate, returns with its headlining city-wide, battle of the burgers, Burger Wellington. As a fine dining French establishment, Hippopotamus Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, has created the perfect burger for the sweet tooth. The restaurant, unaccustomed to serving burgers, has seized the annual festival as an opportunity to innovate, collaborate and serve famously French cuisine.

Executive Chef Laurent Loudeac and Commis de Cuisine Thomas Pepper present the Sweet As burger, as one of 116 burgers in this year's Burger Wellington competition. Hippopotamus upholds a strong reputation for pastry as winners of Dilmah's 2015 Global High Tea Challenge. “This dessert burger is a delicious alternative without compromising and creating an outlier in Hippopotamus' offerings” says Loudeac.

The Sweet As burger,  is indistinguishable at a glance from your run-of-the-mill cheeseburger completed with sweet polenta 'fries' and berry compote 'tomato sauce'. However, a lingering glance brings the recognition of a classically French vanilla bean macaron 'bun'. For the curious diners who attempt to assemble the culinary creation will discover  a chocolate parfait patty crumbed in sweet nut mixture, white chocolate pannacotta 'cheese slice', the 'tomato' is comprised of raspberry jelly and a  Kiwifruit 'greens'.

The next visit to Hippopotamus Restaurant and Cocktail Bar may become the first visit to New Zealand's premiere QT Hotel, QT Museum Wellington. The hotel is currently undergoing an evolution, and will soon be known as QT Museum Wellington Hotel. QT Museum Wellington will be the first property outside of QT's Australian origins, led by design, quirk and innovation, capturing the heart of Wellington's creative culture. This burger is a perfect introduction into QT's signature quirky style.

The Museum Art Hotel will formally be known as QT Museum Wellington in the late spring of 2016. 


Stephen Howard