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Heliot Steak House

Restaurants, Steakhouse Covent Garden
4 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)
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Heliot Steak House
Venue says PRE THEATRE DINNER: 2 COURSES £14.95 | 3 COURSES £17.95 accompanied by a cocktail, or glass of wine! Perfect before & after Magic Mike Live!

Time Out says

There’s certainly a sense of West End glamour at this Leicester Square restaurant - it’s at the Hippodrome Casino, once a byword for London's lustre. It used to welcome the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dusty Springfield and Stevie Wonder. Today it remains a glitzy draw.

Its restaurant, Heliot offers a menu with more than a nod to Stateside steakhouses, with USDA cut, wings and ribs all on offer. Keep an eye out for lunch menus and a ‘24 hour menu’ with burgers, sliders, light-bites and breakfast bits available around the clock. Good for the gamers of a more relentless bent, perhaps.  

Heliot Steak House says
Voted the 'best steak restaurant' in London by the customers of Bookatable, Europe’s biggest online restaurant booking service, the 150-seat Heliot Steak House has some of the best views of any restaurant in London, overlooking the main casino gaming floor at The Hippodrome.


Heliot Steak House boasts great value USDA prime steaks, aged for between four and six weeks to develop tenderness and flavour. You can choose from a selection of toppings, including roast bone marrow, lobster tail, or keep it simple with a choice of eight sauces.


If steak isn't your thing there is plenty more to feast on with a menu created by award winning chef Ioannis Grammenos, including fresh tagliatelle with wild mushrooms and fresh truffle, dover sole with spring onions and lime sauce, and the halloumi burger with roast field mushrooms and red pepper relish. Not forgetting the ultimate in decadent side dishes, Heliot’s legendary millionaire’s mac and cheese (topped with a poached duck egg and black truffle).

There are six bars throughout The Hippodrome, including Heliot Cocktail Bar, which is the central hub of the casino with a drinks list offering everything from American beers to unique cocktails. The Cranbourn Bar, sited on the third floor adjacent to the two-tier smoking terrace, is one of the West End’s busiest and most popular late night venues.

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Address: The Hippodrome Casino
Cranbourn Street
London
WC2H 7JH
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Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm -11.30pm. Saturday Lunch:12:00 - 3:00pm. Saturday Dinner: 5:00pm - 11:30pm. Sunday Lunch:12:00 - 3:00pm. Sunday Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
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Steak, lobster, dessert & a champagne: £20pp

200g USDA Prime Rump steak, with whole lobster tail and garlic butter, string fries, a glass of champagne and dessert of key lime pie with caramelised meringue. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and must be booked online. Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. External cakes permitted only by prior arrangement with 48 hours notice. All customers must be aged 18 or over. A valid photo ID may be required. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 8 People Sun 5:00PM-6:00PM 9:30PM-10:00PM,Mon-Wed 5:00PM-11:30PM,Thu 5:00PM-6:00PM 9:30PM-11:30PM,Fri-Sat 5:00PM-6:00PM 9:30PM-11:45PM

Offer valid until Sep 1 2019

Steak & Lobster Lunch: £15

200g USDA Prime Rump steak, with whole lobster tail and garlic butter, string fries, a glass of champagne and dessert of key lime pie with caramelised meringue. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and must be booked online. Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. External cakes permitted only by prior arrangement with 48 hours notice. All customers must be aged 18 or over. A valid photo ID may be required. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 8 People Sun 12:00PM-2:30PM,Sat 12:00PM-2:30PM

Offer valid until Sep 1 2019

Users say (11)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

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Tastemaker

Located within the Hippodrome casino, this steakhouse always provides a fantastic experience! Via a 'table-booking' website you can get yourself a fantastic deal whereby you receive a cocktail on arrival, followed by a prime 6 oz fillet steak, a whole lobster tail, chips, and a sauce of your choice (I'd recommend the red wine sauce), for only £25. Also included is £10 of gaming chips meaning a quick bet on 1-12 (for example) on the roulette wheel could return the cost of the meal to you. The staff are friendly and attentive, without being over-bearing, and there are no attempts to up-sell further food or drinks.

tastemaker

Krispy Kreme donut burger. Two yummy things put together must equal another level of yumminess! The sweet and savoury worked well, but burger was overdone so could have been better. Don't think I would pay the hefty £24 price tag again either.

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tastemaker

Beautiful steaks (arguably the best in London) and desserts with a lot of pizzazz!

tastemaker

The steaks were cooked beautifully and I would recommend the creamy mash- it certainly is creamy and super smooth. Unfortunately my steak was a bit too fatty for my liking and the cheesy layer on top of my leek gratin had become congealed (eww). Food also arrived to our table only luke warm. Aside from these criticisms, I feel our experience was dulled particularly by how slow the service was.

We were told the restaurant would hold our reservation for 15 mins beyond our booking time, but we weren't actually seated until 30 mins after our booking time. We were a party of 6 and ordered only main courses...it took us 2 hours to order, receive and eat and get the bill (by no means were we slow eaters!). While it was novelty to see all the tables in the casino going at full swing, it did mean that when someone won (or lost) the restaurant become very (!) loud and was disruptive to our own dinner table conversations. Not sure I’d return…I’ve been to much better steakhouses. 

Tastemaker

I love a twist on an afternoon tea and we absolutely loved the meaty afternoon tea here.  We had sliders, chicken skewers and lamb chops instead of usual afternoon tea bites; It was the afternoon tea of meat dreams. There were also some fun cocktail creations to accompany the bites and sweets to finish it off. I would highly recommend it if you're looking for an unusual afternoon tea in central London.

tastemaker

I turned up my nose when I found out my cousins visiting for the second time wanted to eat in the casino let along gamble! Anyway I trudged along and found myself in Heliot's named after one of the performers who's act was feeding meat to lots of big cats. Heliot's is a steak house and I found it odd that on the menu they start with medium rare. What what! What about rare or even blue steaks? Not to worry they do offer this when you ask. I have to say, it is a pricey meal (6 mains, various sides and 2 desserts plus drink came to £226) but its really worth it! Its far superior to actual steak houses in London (all those Argentinian steak houses have nothing on Heliot's) and I can honestly say one of the best steaks I have had in a long time. The waitress was fun and informative too. We had to book on a monday night and good job we did, it was busy. Really worth going and I would definitely make this my steak house in London without a shadow of doubt. Definitely a hidden gem amongst the slots and poker tables :) 

tastemaker

Thought the whole experience in this restaurant was excellent. Food was first class and not over priced for central London. Good service. My only down side was having a service charge already added to bill. I think it's down to the diner to decide if the service deserved a 12% piece on top.

Tastemaker

The Heliot Steakhouse is a glitzy Steak n' Cocktails restaurant located inside the Hippodrome Casino. It's fairly plush with leather booths, shiny bars and a very nice penny-inlaid floor.


It wasn't too busy on the night we went but there were enough patrons to provide some atmosphere. The soundtrack was a mix of pop, with quite a lot of James Blunt and Blondie. It suited my mood perfectly, but may not be appropriate for a more formal or special occasion.


Via the two main table-booking sites you can get some excellent deals - we had steak, lobster, chips, a cocktail and dessert for just £20 each. The portions were hefty - we made the mistake of ordering starters and sides as well, which definitely wasn't needed.


My date loved his scallops, and suffered from major food envy. My French onion soup was tasty, but was too large a portion and perhaps overly salty. I slightly regretted this order - made when I was in the depths of no-lunch hunger - as it left me less room for the main...


The steak appeared to be a fillet (though it wasn't explained) and was beautifully cooked as requested with a lovely salty, peppery crust. The lobster tails were delicious too, and the chips perfectly adequate. I wasn't too impressed with the Mac n Cheese side (I've had better in London) but at just £3 it was good value for the portion size.


The wine list isn't too extortionate and I had a delicious glass of Malbec which rounded off the meal nicely.


There was only one option for dessert - a warm chocolate pudding with vanilla ice cream. It was nice enough, but very stodgy after the main. It would have been nice to perhaps have two choices on the deal.


In all, it was a lovely feast. The service was friendly throughout. If I had one wish, it would've been that the menu had been explained to us in a little more detail - I had no idea that the main dishes came with fries and so ordered more, and we didn't know what our desserts or cocktails would be until they arrived. It didn't bother me greatly as I was in a sleepy mood and happy to go with the flow - but this is definitely an area to improve for future guests.


I'm happy I now have a convenient steak and lobster joint on my list of places to revisit!

Tastemaker

The Heliot Steakhouse is a hidden treasure, tucked away in the grand space of the Hippodrome casino in Leicester Square. It is situated on the balcony overlooking the buzz of the casino floor. I took my mum here for Mother's Day and we enjoyed the special Mother's Day menu which included 2 courses, main and dessert, with champagne for £25. We both enjoyed a succulent and delicious sirloin steak each, she had fries and I mac and cheese. For dessert, she had a winter berry millfeuille and I, a chocolate orange tart (to put it simply). The food was absolutely delicious, simply couldn't fault it. Filling, generous portions and cooked to perfection. Whilst the restaurant wasn't overly busy, downstairs was buzzing and so added to the overall atmosphere. Service was great, with water and bread baskets offered and complimentary. I definitely recommend the Heliot as they are always doing great value deals and the food is amazing!

Tastemaker

This review is based on brunch only - I have heard their steaks are gooood! Their brunch however I wasn't the biggest fan of. The country fried steak was the biggest disappointment - steak flattened and covered in fried breadcrumbs; it was tastless just greasy. The egg & bacon brioche roll however was OK - well cooked egg with a runny yolk and a nice sweet brioche bun. The jack stack - a stack of pancakes, french toast and waffle was underwhelming. The french toast was too soggy, the waffle tasted like a packet waffle and the pancakes were OK. For the price I wouldn't be happy with the size of the portions. The service however was friendly but a little slow.  All in all I wouldn't venture back through the casino for a weekend brunch when there are so many amazing places in the area.

Tastemaker

I sampled a selection of dishes from the Heliot Steak House that showcased their American-inspired brunch menu in a large group. Plates included renditions of classic brunch fare, namely: Eggs Royale, a chili-infused bacon sandwich, chicken steak, hash browns topped with a poached duck’s egg and the Jack Stack. These were accompanied with a selection of sides, including sausages, bacon and hash browns, all washed down with Bellinis and Bloody Marys.


The Heliot restaurant is located inside the Hippodrome Casino, the largest and busiest casino in the UK, posed a level above the main casino floor.  All entrants must show their ID at the casino door and weave through fringes of gambling activity to access the restaurant; it’s a dizzying experience, but it does engender an element of glamour to the experience. I felt underdressed on arrival, but my nerves were quelled by the welcoming servers, the unpretentious ambiance and the menu. The setting was surprisingly casual for a Saturday afternoon.

The prices are extremely reasonable for such an upscale venue- the décor is classic and refined with touches of elegance: there’s plush seating, muted lighting and the waiting staff were immaculately presented. Bellinis are offered in five flavours, but the peach and raspberry were the standout variations.


When the dishes arrived, they were consistent in presentation and quality. The eggs were faultlessly poached across the board, oozing golden yolks with the lightest prick of a fork. This is always an indicator that food hasn’t been sitting on a hotplate in the kitchen and was cooked to order. 


The Eggs Royale was actually a single egg- the muffin was kissed by the grill, resulting in a golden crust that was still doughy underneath, easily soaking up the runny yolk. The salmon, resting on a bed of sautéed spinach, was high grade and faintly smoked, melting on the tongue. The dish was dressed with rocket, a good hollandaise sauce and dusting of chives. I was only disappointed with the portion size, as this tidy plate was too dainty for my brunching appetite.


The chili-infused egg and bacon roll was also commendable: rings of red chili were baked into the white of the fried egg, which was overlapped with strips of streaky bacon and rocket. Served in a toasted brioche bun, it was elevated by sweet, jammy chutney that complemented all of the fillings. Upon inspection, both undersides of our brioche bun were slightly scorched, but the chutney disguised this on the bottom half. The top half wanted flavouring from a condiment or sauce- instead it was dry and charred. As this was a more filling plate- perhaps more accurately described as a breakfast burger- it didn’t deter us from enjoying the rest of the dish. 

The Jack Stack was satisfyingly sweet, delivering golden buttermilk pancakes stacked between a foundation of French toast and a chewy waffle, all heavily infused with cinnamon. This was served with maple syrup on the side and a dollop of whipped butter. This was the showstopper of the brunch menu and an aesthetic triumph. The waffle alone is a harbinger of a sugar crash, a crunchy golden slab of crystalised sugar and cinnamon. It wasn’t the spongy buttermilk waffle that I expected, but it still appealed to my sweet tooth. The pancakes were modest but golden and the French toast was a curiously uniform square with only the mildest hint of rich egginess, but all was elevated with a soaking in maple syrup. The components of this dish were very rich and the portion was measured- it wasn’t an enormous mound of pancakes that you might expect from a greasy spoon for the same price.


The hash browns and poached duck’s egg was a simple dish, neatly assembled and modestly portioned. I’m unconvinced that the dish was enriched by offering something other than a standard hen’s egg, but the runny yolk spilled down the hash brown base. I enjoyed the rich sogginess that resulted. More hollandaise sauce contributed to the richness of the dish. The hash browns were the uniform, triangular patties that are ubiquitous in fast food chains- I was hoping for the crispy golden pan-fried potatoes that I remember growing up in Canada.


Finally, the country fried steak was a concept that I was unfamiliar with- despite its alternative moniker of ‘chicken fried steak’, it’s red meat that is tenderised and fried in breadcrumbs. Arriving as a deep-fried culet, paired with a fried egg and a bowl of chips, it was met by caution. Despite our reservations, the American in the group applauded the take on the dish. It wasn’t to my personal taste and lacked the visual appeal and temptation of the other plates.

In terms of location, the Heliot can’t be faulted. It’s adjacent to Leicester Square station and The Hippodrome Casino casts a monolithic presence over the square.  Inside, the restaurant is upscale and glamourous- although it’s branded as a steak house, the menu accommodates vegetarians and pescitarians alike. It offers excellent value for money- all brunch dishes are priced at £9 or under- in relaxed and ambient surroundings. 


For a stylish, leisurely brunch in a prime location, the Heliot delivers. It offers a refined yet unpretentious brunching experience that will leave you satisfied, but not feeling overindulgent. Unlike the players on the casino floor below, you’re not taking too much of a gamble with your brunch.