Bon Appetit, Hippopotamus!

Eat like a hungry hippo with ABR Holdings latest F&B concept at Marina Square! Bon Appetit. 

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After the successful of bringing Swensen’s to our shore, ABR Holdings Limited  has introduced a new casual dining experience in modern French style. Created in Paris in 1968, the Hippopotamus restaurant Grill has gained a strong reputation in France, especially in Paris. Prepared with the widest selections of cut from the well-known Sirloin, Tenderloin and Rib Steak, to the rare Hanger and Skirt Steaks at affordable prices, Hippopotamus is a contemporary restaurant with a relaxed, friendly ambience.

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Meat lovers alert! Here’s a quick French lesson, “Pour l’amour de la viande” translates to “For the love of meat”. We are lucky to be invited by ABR Holdings for a lunch time food tasting session at Hippopotamus. (Those working near Marina Square, remember to check out their special lunch treats!)

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Get some greens before you start your main course with the Caesar Salad ($8.90) adorned with chicken, parmesan and an inimitable sauce. Pair it with Hippo’s traditional rendition of French Onion Soup ($8.90) – generously peppered with onions and melted cheese.

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Try the Hot Goat Cheese Salad ($9.90) – its refined flavour of goat cheese slathered on crisp toast, topped with herbs from Provence and olive oil makes it a sunny, charming starter!

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Go bold with Escargots ($16.90), an essential item on the French menu. Have it as a starter, this comes as a set of 6, topped with herb butter. Make believe you are in a Parisian diner with Bone Marrow ($11.90), heaving with haute French flavour in these unapologetically rich renditions of French classics.

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A scrumptious selection of house sauces (Barbecue, Bearnalise, Homemade Thai Chili, Stewed Shallot, Pepper and Roquefort Cheese) is available to accompany every main course ordered, while 6 dishes – French Fries, Potato Gratin, Green Beans, Baked Potato, Ratatouille and Steamed Vegetables provide for a medley of choices on the side.

Skirt Steak Rack of Lamb

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Skirt Steak ($18.90) is a cut of beef from the plate of the mule. Long and flat, it is often neglected because it is not known for its tenderness. Rather, it is well-loved for its strong flavour in every cut. Rack of Lamb ($36.90) serves up deliciously tender Australian choice cuts of lamb. Slow- grilled for hours, it makes for a bold, flavourful dish that will leave you hankering for more.

Grilled Game Hen US Pork Chop

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The Grilled Game Hen ($21.90) features U.S imported Cornish Game Hen tenderly grilled to fork- tender perfection. Taste the difference with Hippo’s slow- grilled U.S. Pork Chop ($19.90) that is crisp on the outside but exudes a moist, smooth texture on the inside.

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Blogger friends, Christina from huneyzworld.blogspot.com and Tiffany from missytiffany.com enjoying the beef skewer.

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For the rib fans, go for the BBQ Ribs ($19.90), a hunky-dory set of luscious pork spare ribs served with barbeque sauce. Grilled King Prawns ($22.90) also make a strong contender on the menu for prawn-lovers. Flavoursome grilled whole king prawns are served atop a bed of fresh greens.

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To finish off the satisfying meat heavy meal, grab a cup of Chocolate Mousse ($7.90), or go with a French classic, Crème Brulee ($7.90), perfectly torched with cameralized brown sugar encasing a dish of smooth cream with subtle hints of vanilla.

Hippopotamus has also revamped its drinks menu with an assortment of different kinds of new cocktails, and an updated list of beers and wines. Pair your meal with a glass of classic French wine for a boozy gastronomic experience this week!

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Hippopotamus Restaurant Grill

6 Raffles Boulevard, #01-204/205 Marina Square S039594

Opens 11am – 1030pm daily

Tel: 63385352

Website: www.hippopotamus.com.sg

Battle for the next Hawker King

The time has come. Once again, hawkers at Food Republic battle out for the crown to be the next Hawker King!

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Last Thursday, we were invited by Food Republic for a food tasting session at their newly re-open ‘White Garden’ theme food court at Suntec City. Located at Fountain Terrace, Food Republic continues their commitment to serve quality food at affordable prices.

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Back for the second year, “Food Republic Hawker Kings” is an initiative to motivate existing food operators within the Food Republic chain to enhance their offerings to the patrons.  The organizers hope to recognize and honour the food operators that have committed to excellent dining experiences with top rated cuisines and warm personable experiences.

From 8 to 26 May 2013, vote for your favourite hawker now and propel them to the top 10 list!

Voters will be rewarded with instant privileges and stand a chance to win up to $8,000 worth of prizes.

How to Vote:

1) Send your SMS in the following format to 1460 77877:

Enter ZBFR <Space> Hawker Number <Space> NRIC <Space> Name <Space> Email Address or Mailing Address

Example: ZBFR 01 S8530540Z John Heng 98164512 john@gmail.com

2) Log on to www.foodrepublic.com.sg/hawkerkings,

Food Republic Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FoodRepublicSingapore) or

7UP Singapore Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/7UPSingapore) to submit your votes.

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[Left: Tiffany from MissyTiffany.com showing off her skill to balance a 7Up can.]

The highlight for the session is of course the food tasting itself. Here are some of the stalls and dishes you can find in this White Garden theme food court filled with treasure of hawker delights!

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Chinatown Tan’s Tutu – Peanut & Coconut Tutu Kueh @ $1.40 (for 2 pieces)

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Sergeant Hainanese Chicken Rice – Chicken Rice Set Meal @ $6.50

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Chai’s Original Sliced Fish Soup – Bittergourd Double Fish Bee Hoon Soup @ $5.00

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Yong Soon Dough Fritters – Soya Bean drink & You Tiao @ $2.60

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[Left: Christina from HuneyZWorld.blogspot.com smitten the taste of dosa.]

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Saravanna Bhavan – Special Dosa with Masala @ $4.60

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[Left: dOnn from dOnnlicious.com and Missy Tiffany trying out Thunder Tea Rice for the first time. Right: Ying Zi from whirlwind-dreamz.blogspot.sg having fun mixing up the Thunder Tea Rice.]

Thunder Tea Rice – Thunder Tea Brown Rice @ $5.50

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Formosa Delights – Dao Xiao Mian @ $6.00

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Ya Fu Mini Wok Delights – Kung Pao Chicken Rice @ $6.00

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Gu Zao Mian (Traditional Noodles) – No. 1 Kway Tiao @ $6.00

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Zhong Hua Curry Rice – Curry Chicken @ $5.00

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Baek Doo San Korean – Seafood Tofu Soun @ $6.80

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What You Do Prata – Chicken Briyani Set @ $5.50

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Guan Chee HK Roast Duck – 5 Combination Platter (duck, char siew, roast pork, chicken and sausage) @ $28.00

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Fortune Food – Popiah @ $2.00

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Gazza Pasta – Spaghetti Creamy Mushroom & Salmon @ $6.80

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Toast Box – Peanut Butter Thick Toast @ $1.70

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Shoku Okini – Kushikatsu 7-stick set @ $24.50

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Fu Lin Yong Tofu – 6 piece meal @ $5.50

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Food Republic at Suntec City is now open, Monday through Sunday, including public holidays.

Unit address: #B1-115 to 120 & #B1- 126/127 (near Fountain Terrace)