Having enjoyed my first visit so much I was pleased when I found out that my work’s End of Financial Year function was to be held at Hippo Creek in Subi. We were a group of 16 and on the night of our function it was us and then the rest of the restaurant was taken up with a function of close to 100. We were given a set menu, which started with a selection of tasting plates for us to share. There was then a choice of three mains (1. Chargrilled Angus (Stockyard) Sirloin served with an oxtail potato cake and crispy onion rings. 2. African Chicken Breast with peanut curry sauce and preserved lemon and date cous cous. 3. Pork Spare Ribs based and finsihed on a woodfried grill served with steakhouse fries) and finally there were two dessert choices (Brown Ale Pudding or White Chocolate Brulee) which were done by alternate drops. On the drinks front they also offered a decent package – beer, wine and soft drinks. So on a per person basis for food and drinks it was $99 which I thought was pretty reasonable given that no one should have gone home hungry or thirsty for that matter.
There were several tasty morsels on the tasting plate – boerewers sausage rolls, buffallo chorizo, button mushroom arincini, garlic and chilli prawns and biltong with today’s bread and accompaniments.. The arincini were my favourite, though there was a nice amount of spice to the chorizo which made them a close second. The little sausage rolls were also fairly delicious. The only real item that didn’t phase me was the biltong. Old dried meat just isn’t my cup of tea.
Moving along I went for the steak option for mains. Hard to go past at a steak house. We were told that steaks would be served medium unless someone wanted something vastly different. Medium keeps most happy. I enjoyed my mains, the steak was cooked to perfectly and the onion rings on top were a tasty addition. As were the greens, which are a mystery to me as to what it was… maybe silver beet? Not sure but it was great! The potato cake didn’t impress me too much… slightly lacking flavour, but hey I was happy to fill up on protein plus and polished off all the steak. Others seemed equally as pleased with their meals – the chicken was said to be a tasty affair and the ribs, which two lads decided to tackle, were literally a mountain of meaty bones and were also said to be fantastic. There were also several salads included, which were really well done. A lot more in them than just a few random lettuce leaves.
Dessert then rolled around and between the group everyone was pleased with their choice of either brulee or pudding. I had the pudding and it was very tasty. The cake itself was actually a lot less dense than I had anticipated which I was grateful for given its generous size. The combination of chocolate cake with the warm syrup and cool ice-cream was an indulgent delight as you looked out the window to the pouring rain outside. I was glad for the dessert I ended up with. But I don’t think I would have minded the brulee, it was well presented on its slate. I think I’m just a bit brulee’d out at the moment so it was nice to have something different.
For a group size like we had I think Hippo Creek worked really well. Despite the place being entirely packed out, they were well staffed and we were never left waiting too long for anything. In all another positive visit to this African Steak House.