Heliot Steak House is an award-winning steak restaurant located inside The Hippodrome, in the heart of London’s West End. The restaurant enjoys a rare view looking out into the casino’s three gaming floors and is a great place to relax and enjoy a meal in a fun environment followed by a show in the 180-seat music and cabaret theatre or a drink in one of the building’s six bars.
In addition to the deacdent dining to be had, there is also a wealth of entertainment available 24-hours a day. The 180-seat cabaret theatre hosts the best jazz, swing, soul, cabaret and burlesque acts from Wednesday through to Saturday night and the casino offers three floors of gaming with a designated poker deck. Lola’s Underground Casino and Bar, located in the basement of The Hippodrome, also brings together gaming and entertainment with professional dancers performing in a central “tiger cage” among the roulette and blackjack tables.
The restaurant is named after one of the first acts to play at the Hippodrome, the tenacious lion tamer Claire Heliot, who was famous worldwide for feeding raw meat to lions on stage and was often described as one of the most thrilling acts ever seen.
Head Chef Ioannis Grammenos, oversees the menu, creating a selection of dishes for each season inspired by classic American cuisine with touches of lighter European ingredients used in the starter dishes, grills and fish main courses.
The highlight of the menu are the signature 28-day aged USDA prime steaks, which are available in nine different classic cuts including fillet and T-bone. Each steak is aged for between four and six weeks to develop tenderness and flavour and diners can choose from a wide variety of traditional and innovative sauces, including blue cheese butter and spicy peanut butter, and toppings including roasted bone marrow and lobster tail, to complement.
Upon arrival at the Heliot Steak House, we were sat down overlooking the Casino and began dinner with some bread and shallot and chive butter to nibble on as we perused the mouthwatering menu.
Staple dishes on the menu include starters of sea bass ceviche with chilli, ginger & golden beetroot and goats cheese lollipops with lemon curd. We started with the Grilled Octopus with lemon sauce, chilli oil and crispy veg. This dish stood out as the flavours complimented each other well and the Octopus was soft and tender. A nice sized starter which was light and satisfying.
My dining companion had the Cornish Crab with chilli, avocado and basil. The freshness of the crab leaps from the plate as though it had just been plucked out of the sea. The creamy avocado texture went well with the dish making every mouthful a delight.
Larger main course dishes include sticky short rib & spicy wings with red cabbage & spring onion slaw, USDA beef rib burger with caramelised onions & truffle sauce, whole sea bream with a rock salt crust and grilled lobster skewers with a lemon & garlic crust.
For the main event we tried the Madame Heliot Burger using USDA beef with crispy lobster tail and truffle mayo. The burger was cooked medium with the lobster tail adding a new dimension to the taste. The burger was juicy and satisfying.
We also tried the Lobster Ravioli with bisque and chives. The ravioli was generously put together with a good filling of lobster inside each parcel. The bisque was moreish and paired perfectly with the dish.
We paired our meal with some of Heliot’s beautiful side dishes we choose the Millionaire’s Mac and Cheese with
poached duck egg and black truffle. The dish didn’t make me feel like a millionaire but the price was well worth it. A rich dish that will leave you feeling satisfied.
We also tried the Chargrilled King Prawn, which was succulent and maintained its juiciness with a beautiful chargrilled flavour.
The dessert menu is presented with a dramatic flair befitting the history of The Hippodrome, which was established in 1900 and has a rich history, playing host to stars such as Harry Houdini, Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland and The Jackson 5. Those with a sweet tooth can opt for opulent creations such as the Charlotte, a delicate chocolate mousse served with dulche de leche ice cream & hot chocolate sauce or the raspberry meringue, accompanied by lemon sorbet & candy floss. Each dessert can also be paired with a dessert wine, chosen by the in-house sommelier.
With a range of around-the-clock menus to accompany the 24-hour mix of gaming and entertainment available in the venue, Heliot Steak House caters for all guests’ needs from midday brunch through to midnight steaks. This deliciously different dining destination offers one of the best nights out in London, a winning combination of high-quality steak and top notch entertainment all under one roof.
Heliot Steak House
The Hippodrome Casino, 10-14 Cranbourn Street, London, WC2H 7JH