21.10.15

A NIGHT AT THE HIPPODROME

Girly nights out have been a real blessing recently - time with old friends, where you chat about everything and nothing for hours and hours. One of these recent evenings was spent with Georgie at Leicester Square's Hippodrome Casino - a huge, 24 hour casino, that houses two floors of gaming, as well as a lovely restaurant - the Heliot Steakhouse - and a theatre that hosts up to two shows a night. We went along to try it all out, starting with dinner at the Heliot.


The Heliot's menu is all encompassing - yes, it's a steakhouse but they've got something for everyone on there. Georgie didn't want meat, but that didn't stop her having lots to choose from. For starters I had tuna tartare with avocado wasabi and mint jelly. Despite the lack of any strong wasabi flavour it was tasty, fresh and light. And exactly what I wanted to start the meal. In fact, we had already started, with really good, oven warm bread that we devoured most of before our starters came out. Georgie went for the seared scallops with golden beetroot which were perfectly cooked - charred on the outside but not overdone. And yes, my photos are terrible - casinos aren't exactly brightly lit.... Though you wouldn't want them to be. And even though we were in the restaurant, the restaurant itself actually snakes round the side of the room, looking directly over the gaming room and dancing girls!
 
 
 
 
For mains I chose steak, because how could I not?! It was cooked exactly as requested, and is 28 day aged prime USDA meat - I had the ribeye and it was delicious. We shared truffle mac and cheese (not so great), some strange salad, and some very good green beans. No photo of the steak, because despite being so good, it wasn't exactly photogenic. Georgie's main of sea bream with samphire and beurre blanc was simple yet wonderfully executed.

 
One thing I particularly enjoyed throughout our evening at The Hippodrome were the cocktails. They're really reasonably priced (from £8 up) and great to drink. Georgie's pudding - chocolate mousse and salted caramel ice cream - and my pudding - lemon sorbet - rounded off the meal nicely, paired with an espresso martini.

 
As soon as we'd finished desserts and coffee we wandered down to the theatre for the Ratpack tribute act show. It was so much fun! I had no idea what to expect, but the guys were fantastic. They looked and sounded like the real deal and put on an awesome show.


After all the food and entertainment, it was time to lose some money! We had a spin on the roulette tables, before admitting defeat and heading out in to crazy Saturday night Leicester Square to get the tube home. My cheeks ached from smiling so much after such a fun night. The Hippodrome would be perfect for birthdays, or big parties, and as I said, it's open 24 hours a day (restaurant included) so you can always pop in after you've been out elsewhere.
 Heliot - The Hippodrome Casino Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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  1. I've never actually been to a casino, but I think I'd like to at some point! That food looks delicious! :D Alice xx

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    1. This is definitely a good one to start with - really approachable and made for a great night out :)

      Rosie xx

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  2. This looks like such a fun place to eat! What did you think of it compared to Circus (also want to go there now, haha thanks Rosie!) Love the sound of both of your starters, ALL OVER steak and that chocolate pud looks deeeeelish. Defs my kind of restaurant! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

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    1. Oooh, so hard to compare Andrea! I think Circus is slightly more interesting food, and more club like, whereas the Hippodrome is probably better value, and would make for a whole, long night out - food, theatre and gambling. You should check out both of them really!!

      Rosie xx

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  3. I've heard good things about Heliot Steakhouse but have always kinda been reluctant because of its location so I've put it on my "When you need a night cap and everything else is closed" list. Thanks for the heads up, now I'm definitely putting this on my must-try list!

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

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    1. Let me know what you think if you do go

      Rosie xx

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  4. This is my hidden gem where you can get good food anytime of the night. The cocktails are also a highlight. Looks like a fun night Lucy X

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    1. It's great for a post midnight snack!

      Rosie xx

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