Walk in to Hoppipola and you will immediately cheer up at the sight of the pretty blue, yellow and white Mediterranean decor. You will forget that you have entered into a restaurant. It feels more like a fun playschool for grownups!. There are cute and quirky elements strewn about everywhere. From toy planes suspended from the ceiling to a Jenga stack in a corner to granite tables that double up as scribble chalkboards to a Wall Of Happiness that hides complimentary vodka shots for women, Hoppipola really wants us to eat, drink, play and be h’o’ppi!
The literal meaning of Hoppipola is ‘jumping in puddles’ in Icelandic and the philosophy behind this chain of restaurants under the Speciality Restaurants Ltd brand is that you don’t need to be young to have fun. Some grownups might find the place to be kiddish but once you settle down, you do want to bring out that kid in you. It is not a fine dining restaurant but a fun dining one – a hybrid of a restaurant, cafe, bar and a play area.