We were invited along to give Heliot Steak House a try which is situated within the Leicester Square Hippodrome Casino. This isn’t a normal hangout of mine and hasn’t been since perhaps the age of 16 when we frequented the bars within Leicester Square on a weekend!
This added to our curiosity so we headed on down post-work and found the restaurant on the first floor looking straight down into the bustle of the casino. It’s an odd environment to be sat in with the scantily clad casino hostesses and business men who look like they are in for the long haul downstairs but we turned our eye to the menu and were instantly hungry.
The restaurant’s name comes from a lion tamer called Claire Heliot who performed in the Hippodrome itself back in the 1900s when it was a theatre. You are sat facing a large black curtain which behind it is the stage which we later popped to for Sensual Dreams the evening’s cabaret but more on that later.
Back to the food, which first up was the beef tataki, a usda fillet with a slightly spicy ponzu sauce. Very tasty meat and the flavours powered through, great dish.
The other starter was the sea bass ceviche with red chilli, black pepper and lime. Beautifully presented and the subtle sea bass was complimented with the slight kick from the chilli and lime dressing.
Now onto the mains and it had been awhile since we’d had a good steak so couldn’t resist both ordering medium-rare fillets. I know very boring but glad we did as the cut was incredible.
Cooked to perfection and heaven within each mouthful alongside a nice bottle of red wine.
We shared the sides of mac ‘n’ cheese, fries and a nice lettuce salad.
Despite feeling a little full by this point it seemed rude not to try the desserts, first up being the vanilla cheesecake with homemade marmalade on top – gorgeous and sent us away feeling very content.
Lawrence went for their take on mille feuille which was equally good and very well presented.
After wonderful food it was time to move into the theatre for our cabaret show. Now unfortunately it was very empty, perhaps as it was a Thursday night rather than the weekend, this meant for a show that lacked rather a lot of audience enthusiasm.
The only blessing was the length of the show which was only 45minutes and there were a few talented people within the show but was a tad cringeworthy!
The food was the highlight and a very pleasant surprise but I’m still not sure what crowd will be heading down, very much the tourists in the casino or post-work gentlemen who fancy a good steak and nice glass of vino for a reasonable price.