Hippo Creek seems to be taking over Perth by storm. This South African style steakhouse started in a little eatery in Scarborough many years ago and now has popped up in Subiaco, Karawara and Hillarys. I'm sure a Northbridge or Perth CBD venue is not far off from opening too given this city's love of deliciously cooked meat. After all, when you look how well these restaurants have done in conjunction with places like Lapa and Tony Romas etc, meat is loved by Perthies.
It's Jeremy's mum's birthday so we've taken her, his dad and his little brother out for a delicious dinner at Hillary's Hippo Creek. Thankfully we booked for our party of five, because not long after we arrived the line for diners waiting for a table was extremely long (out the door!). None of us have been here before but we've all heard great things and are pretty excited for the meal that awaits us.
Since we've heard the servings sizes are rather generous here, we skip having an entree each and choose three for the table. The birthday girl chooses the Mud Huts ($15) which are button mushrooms filled with cream cheese, spinach and semi-dried tomato, crumbed and fried. They comes with a side of garlic aioli dipping sauce.
Jeremy and I are the only ones on the table who have eaten snails before but everyone is game to try them - and all enjoy the taste once they get past what it is they're actually eating. The snails are soft and chewy; the flavours strong but deliciously so. While they're definitely different to how I've eaten them in the past, they go down a treat.
He laughs as he explains the face he makes mid-bite - the blue cheese is plentiful and extremely intense! But he's the first to clean up his plate entirely and with a big satisfied smile.
The chips here are incredible. Salty, crunchy and a tiny bit oily. They work well with the river of butter that flows down on top. Oh so naughty but oh so good at the same time!
Though he can eat a big serving of food, I can tell Jeremy's definitely regretted getting the 500 gram serving. It's a lot of meat and though he gets through it, he's spent by the end. This is the dish to get if you like your meals big and red-meat based.
The steak was ordered rare and my first few bites I have to say were on the medium to well side. But once I got in a bit more, there was the gloriously red flesh I had been looking for. The steak is wonderful quality; tender and melt-in-you-mouth. The chips, as mentioned earlier, are amazing. While I had wanted to try the garlic butter, I have to admit it wasn't my sort of condiment. But that's where the mushroom sauce came in handy. It was decadently creamy and full of flavour. Easily one of the best I've ever had and will be on my mind next time I come back here.
I have to say that this place really was a great night out. It's children friendly, with efficient staff and a great selection of food to choose from. And though it is a little pricier than say your Outback Jacks etc, the serving sizes more than make up for it. Plus, as an added bonus when you factor in the use of the Entertainment Card (its in the gold section), we saved ourselves $50 - definitely an added bonus!