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Heliot Steak House – probably the best steak in town!
Given the chance to visit the Heliot Steak House at the Hippodrome in Leicester Square, said to cook the best steaks in town, I was more than happy to travel into London from my home in Surrey. There’s nothing like a perfectly cooked steak, especially in summer, a season for barbecues and grilled meat. The steakhouse has recently launched its new summer menu, making it an ideal time to visit.
The Heliot Steak House is housed upstairs in the Iconic Hippodrome building at Leicester Square in the heart of London. The Hippodrome was opened in 1900 and was originally built for circus and variety acts, from the late 1950s it became one of central London’s best-known nightclubs, then was renovated to the original design with the current casino opening in 2012.
The Heliot itself takes its name from the famous Claire Heliot who performed at the Hippodrome in the early 1900’s. She was known worldwide for feeding lions raw meat on stage as part of her theatrical performance. The seating is tiered and very cosy and from the raised seating in the steakhouse, there is a great view of the casino below – a most unusual setting for a meal.
In addition to the steaks themselves, the menu at the steak restaurant is extensive with choices for any diner, including fish, poultry and vegetarian options. All the steaks are 28 day aged USDA prime steak with a choice of small, medium or large portions of various cuts of meat including fillet, sirloin or ribeye. There is also a good choice of sauces or toppings to accompany the steaks, just as you would expect.
After a platter of crusty, warm, bread with aromatic butter, our starters arrived. For me a dish of Cornish crab with lime salmon, chilli and avocado, I do love crab as I grew up in Cornwall where fresh crab was readily available. It came beautifully presented and was absolutely delicious. My daughter had chosen a starter of tomato gazpacho soup, with mushrooms, peppers and grilled bread which she said was refreshing and tasty.
With so many different steaks to choose from, we took our time before ordering. I opted for the fillet steak with a béarnaise sauce, my daughter the fillet steak with garlic butter. There is a wide selection of side dishes available. I plumped for the triple cooked chips and garlic green beans, my daughter the sweet potato fries and millionaire’s mac and cheese. To accompany the steaks we ordered a bottle of Trapiche Perfiles Calcareo 2015 Malbec, an Argentinian wine with a smooth, full, flavour which perfectly complemented the meat.
When our steaks arrived we tucked in and were not disappointed, perfectly cooked meat which was succulent and mouthwateringly tender.
The dessert menu listed far too many tempting dishes so we asked our waitress for her recommendations.
I chose the charlotte with chocolate sauce, my daughter the chocolate sphere with 24k gold leaf which came dramatically presented in a dish surrounded by dry ice – a very impressive end to our meal.
Totally sated after an excellent meal we both agreed that we had definitely eaten some of the best steaks ever and had a most enjoyable evening, with great service, in an impressive setting. It was time to walk the short distance to the underground and make our way home.
For more details on the Heliot Steak House and to make a reservation call 0207 769 8844 or contact email@example.com.
Diners will need to be 18 to go to the Heliot Steak House – my daughter, who is 21 years old, was asked to show her ID
Heliot Steak House
The Hippodrome Leicester Square
4 Cranbourn St,
London WC2H 7JH
Disclosure: We were guests of Heliot Steak House but all content is editorially given