Cooking the perfect steak shouldn’t be a gamble. Meat-lover Becky headed to the renowned Heliot Steak House in central London to glean tips for how to cook a steak from head chef Ioannis Grammenos. Vegetarians, look away now…

How to Pick a Steak

1. Corn-fed beef – generally produced in the USA – is more tender and often sweeter than the grass-fed beef which is usually produced in the UK. Grass-fed beef also has an earthier flavour.

2. If you’re looking for a high quality steak, USDA is one of the best – it’s what Ioannis and his team cook with, and it’s delicious! Their prime steak is taken from nine- to 12-month-old, corn-fed cows and has 20% marble which is what keeps the meat juicy and adds flavour. Of all the beef produced in the US, less than 2% is certified as USDA Prime so you won’t find this in your local supermarket!

How to cook a steak

Heliot Steak House head chef Ioannis Grammenos

3. Fillet beef is so tender because it isn’t a working muscle unlike most of the other cuts – its main role is to support the cow (and melt in your mouth…!)

4. Next time you can’t decide between a porterhouse or T-Bone steak, remember that the porterhouse has a bigger fillet.

5. If you’re looking for a good steak to cook at home, Ioannis recommends the ribeye. When you’re shopping around, try and pick the steak which has the most marbling; the more it has, the juicier and more flavoursome the steak!

How to Cook a Steak

Chef’s Tip: “Cook your steak to your liking. Use a thermometer to check the core temperature of your steak. Rare – 48-52 Celsius. Medium rare – 55-59 Celsius. Medium – 60-66 Celsius. Well done – 67-61 Celsius.”

6. For the best results, before putting your steak in the pan, take it out of the fridge and let it rest for at least an hour and a half. Ioannis told us that a cold steak will contract when it hits the heat and this wall cause it to toughen

7. Season your steak with salt and pepper when it’s at room temperature.

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Remember to rest your steak before you eat it

How to Eat a Steak

Chef’s Tip: “Rest your steak as long as you cook it. The meat will lose less juice when you cut it and when you eat it will be juicier and tastier.”

8. Ioannis recommends you eat your steak medium rare for the best flavour and the best temperature.

9. A common mistake is to cook your steak and eat it straight away, but if you want the perfect steak, you need to let it rest. We promise it will be worth the wait!

How to cook a steak

Millionaire’s Mac n Cheese at Heliot Steak House

10. Pair your steak with the Millionaire’s Mac and Cheese at Heliot Steak House, which is made up of duck egg, truffle and cheese (above).


The Hippodrome in Leicester Square is perhaps London’s most recognisable casino, however most people don’t know that nestled away inside is one of the building’s (and London’s) best hidden gems: Heliot Steak House.

How to cook a steak

Heliot Steak House is hidden in Leicester Square’s The Hippodrome

It began its life as a circus with performing polar bears, was temporarily home to legendary greats Chaplin and Houdini, became the Talk of the Town, and it now houses the “Best Steak in London” as awarded by Europe’s biggest online restaurant reservation service, Bookatable, in 2015. The structure’s history is reflected in the restaurant, as it’s named in honour of circus performer Claire Heliot, who was famous worldwide for feeding raw meat to her 14 lions on stage!

Heliot Steak House | Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, WC2H 7JH | £55 for a Meat Masterclass including a three course meal

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