Dine Out: Heliot Steak House, London

Veganism isn’t usually the first thing that springs to mind when a Steak House is mentioned. However, right on the vegan trend is Heliot Steak House in London. We check out their new winter menu.

Named after a lion tamer who used to perform in this building in the 1990s, Heliot Steak House now overlooks London’s Hippodrome Casino. It thus attracts quite an eclectic crowd. A politician, a group of South African businessmen and a young British couple are amongst the diners during our visit.

With the buzzing casino below and the curtains separating us from a performance of Magic Mike, the atmosphere is exciting if a little hectic. Perfect for those who love to people watch, the tiered restaurant tables afford excellent views onto the gaming and the glowing light trees on the ground floor.

We are there to test out the new menu, developed by Ioannis Grammenos and designed to reflect the change in seasons. This means heartier dishes, such as Kakavia fish soup and roast baby chicken with root veg. It also includes Heliot’s very first vegan slider burgers.

I sample the tasty sliders, complete with mojo verde sauce, tomato and vegan coleslaw, and accompanied by some delicious sweet potato fries. My partner opts for the classic medium rare steak with pepper sauce and lobster tail. He says it is one of the best he has ever tasted.

We round off the meal by devouring the cookie cheesecake with caramel sauce and the melting chocolate sphere with spicy dark chocolate sauce. Both are as decadent as they sound.

The Heliot Cocktail Bar is the centrepiece of the space and offers an extensive drinks list. We recommend the quintessential gin and rosemary Casino Sling or the alcohol-free passionfruit and berry Tutti Frutti for those who want to save themselves for the Christmas party.

If you love steak and have a vegan in tow, Heliot Steak House is your best bet – and in the most central of central London locations, Leicester Square, it makes a great choice for a pre-theatre or movie dinner.

For more information, visit www.hippodromecasino.com.

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