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“Absolutely NOT recommended ...”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Hippopotamus - CLOSED

Hippopotamus
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating
Dorset
Level Contributor
3 reviews
“Absolutely NOT recommended ...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

Mediocre food, surly (male) service staff, over-priced compared to others and they have no understanding whatsoever of food allergies for those with restricted diet choices. We ate here just once and have nothing positive to say about the place, sorry !

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank mhleadley
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
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English first
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very rude, surly staff”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

The nice sounding set menu, and pleasant man at the door encouraged us to eat here on the second night. The childrens meals all came with free ice cream too.
Four of us took our seats and asked for a carafe of red wine.
We were told that they only did white & rose in carafe's.
We always like to have carafe's whilst on holiday, and it usually works out better value. After asking management, we were again told no carafe's of red wine were available.
At this point, we were thinking of leaving and returning to the restaurant we'd eaten in the previous night as we'd had a wonderful meal & wine (Corallo)
We were then told that yes, ok we could have a carafe of red wine!!
It came quite begrudgingly, and definately was not as good as the wine we'd had in the the other restaurant.
However.....
We ordered our meals and the surly waiter became increasingly rude & ignorant throughout.
The food was ok. Not bad, but not the best either.
Once the four of us finished, three ice cream desserts appeared as per the set menu. The ice cream was delicious and there was plenty of it.
But no ice cream appeared for my daughter. After 5 mins or so we asked as the dessert was meant to be free for kids.
This obviously put them out further, and a bowl of ice cream was dumped onto the table heavily, with no eye contact from the surly waiter!!
Before we had even finished eating, the bill was rudely put onto the table. We were half way through our dessert when surly waiter returned & opened the bill folder to check if we'd paid yet!!! My dad almost choked, he was so cross!
The entire meal was very uncomfortable, and we couldnt wait to leave.
We would definately not recommend this restaurant when there are so many lovely ones to choose from!!!

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Sunfires79
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“gone downhill”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

we just got back from coral bay and chose to eat at hippos resturant as we have eaten there before and the food was lovely.......... however this time we went in there the food was not as nice my partner ordered the tomato soup and he had a peppercorn in his soup presumebly from the pepper steak he had ordered i had garlic steak and it tasted off it was sweet and nasty the next day i was being sick all day i felt absolutly awful the new manager is useless he does nothing but stand outside smoking ciggerettes and looking at young girls all the time he came over to our table and we wanted to order he said he dont take orders and went outside for another ciggerette so what does he do? be very careful if you decide to eat in there you may be dissapointed as we was. I asked a waitress for a glass of water because the steak tasted so bad and the waitress walked away and started setting up tables i had to ask another waitress who bought me a glass over straight away really gone downhill........ Maybe they should get the other manager in there as he was fantastic last time we went and could not do enough for you but they have moved him to another resturant near the harbour in paphos very dissapointing :(

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank essboo
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Vera, Spain
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115 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Surly waitresses and mediocre food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

My partner sent back her onion soup - tasted like dishwater! According to the surly waitress, the chef forgot to use any stock. The replacement mushroom soup appeared to come out of a tin.

Her garlic mushrooms were inedible - they tasted like tinned mushrooms sautéed in salad cream and were served on a piece of sliced bread.

One of our party - a pizza connoisseur - was convinced his pizza was shop-bought frozen. We were inclined to agree.

When asked if we enjoyed our food we told them. Apparently they have never had complaints before.... that's all right then.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank SteveRiley
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“not as bad as the hippo head suggests”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

I refused to go in here the first few nights we were in the resort because of the huge hippo head stuck to the outside.

Eventually my 2yo convinced me that the fish tanks and hippo head were a good thing.

Pleasantly surprised, staff great food of good quality.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank andrew m
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