Hippopotamus Restaurant Grill – French Desserts

If you had been following my blog, you would have realised Adrian, Yap and I started having desserts quite recently (see Robert Timms) and I sincerely hoped that it would become a ritual. In one of my early posts, I mentioned that my sweet tooth was developed after being initiated by Valerie, my elder daughter (see Hopetoun).

After having my favourite 2-in-1 Chinese dessert at Ah Yat’s, we came to Hippopotamus Restaurant Grill for some coffee and more desserts – this time, French!

Hungry Hungry Hippo!

Hungry Hungry Hippo!

My very first go at crème brûlée was at Coffee Garden, the coffee house of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, in the early 1980’s. Then, the crème brûlée was sold in a flaky pastry disc filled with rich vanilla custard topped with a glassy sheet of  burnt caramelised sugar. Till today, it has remained one of my favourite “ang moh” (western) desserts.

Crème brûlée at Hippopotamus is served in a shallow ramekin instead of compressed puff pastry.

Crème brûlée at Hippopotamus is served in a shallow ramekin instead of compressed puff pastry.

Heavy custard perfumed with vanilla which was topped with a contrasting layer of brittle caramel.

Heavy custard perfumed with vanilla which was topped with a contrasting layer of brittle caramel.

Adrian tempting me with the prototypical chocolate lovers' cake!

Adrian tempting me with the prototypical chocolate lovers’ cake!

Classic Warm Chocolate Cake.

Classic Warm Chocolate Cake.

Adorned with a glop of Vanilla Ice Cream with some toasty sliced almonds at its base.

Adorned with a glop of Vanilla Ice Cream with some toasty sliced almonds at its base.

Slightly stiff on the outside, gooey chocolate and rum on the inside.<br />I found the rum a bit extravagant but Adrian said to eat the cake with the ice cream.<br />True enough, the creamy ice cream did smoothen off the alcohol but rum is still not for me.

Slightly stiff on the outside, gooey chocolate and rum on the inside.
I found the rum a bit extravagant but Adrian said to eat the cake with the ice cream.
True enough, the creamy ice cream did smoothen off the alcohol but rum is still not for me.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake.<br />The name speaks "volume" for itself.<br /> Perhaps it was not the pâtissier's fault as I did come with a full tummy and after pigging out the two rich desserts, I found this cake a little too dense for my uninspired palate.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake.
The name speaks “volume” for itself.
 Perhaps it was not the pâtissier’s fault as I did come with a full tummy and after pigging out the two rich desserts, I found this cake a little too dense for my uninspired palate.

Make dessert-hunting after dinner a ritual, boys!

Make dessert-hunting after dinner a ritual, boys!

Created in Paris in 1968, there are about 135 Hippopotamus in the chain.

Created in Paris in 1968, there are about 135 Hippopotamus in the chain.

I must say this is not a place where I’ll go specifically for desserts but it was nice to sip coffee and twaddle with the boys. I have not tried Hippopotamus’ meals so I cannot comment on them.

Hippopotamus Restaurant Grill
Address: #01-204/205,
Marina Square,
6 Raffles Boulevard.
Singapore 039594.

Tel: 63385352

Operation hours: Daily 11am – 10.30pm

Happy babbling 🙂

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6 Responses to “Hippopotamus Restaurant Grill – French Desserts”
  1. Hello Sam,looking and reading is not like being there to enjoy the luscious food and dessert .Awesome post. Beautiful and artistic way to arrange the pictures.Cheers. JMS

  2. Laura Lynn says:

    Really really really really LOVE the photos! They’re just beautiful. They make that dessert look like I could scoop it off the screen. Wonderful!

    • Sam Han says:

      You are really really really really kind to say that! grinning ear to ear 😀 😀 😀
      I haven’t been well this past week but i will read Sparks! my mind is a delirious mess and am coughing my lungs out!

  3. thegreatamericanfeast says:

    Beautiful photography and I bet the food is even more delicious. I have a cousin that lives in Singapore and I am going to recommend going to Hippopotamus if she hasn’t already. She is a food writer so she is always on the hunt for amazing meals.

    • Sam Han says:

      That’s wonderful 😀 I haven’t tried the food so I really can’t comment much on that. Perhaps if she did, I would like to see her review 😀 Thanks for the compliments on photography.

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