Flat Iron

Restaurants , Steakhouse Covent Garden
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Like its older sibling, the new branch of Flat Iron – a ten-minute wiggle away on foot through Soho – follows the same one-dish policy. The signature flat iron steak (as top blade is known over the pond) is served perfectly pink, and reasonably priced at just a tenner. It’s easy to ramp up your food bill though, once you’ve said yes to dripping-cooked chips (£2.50), a sauce (£1 each) and greens (£2.50). But the béarnaise was silky smooth, Fred’s sauce had a mild kick, and the leafy broad bean top salad had a delightful peppery crunch.

Beyond the namesake steak a handful of daily specials are explained by the eager-to-please staff. On our visit, the wagyu chuck steak (£15) was disappointingly chewy, and the burger (£15) – also made with pricey wagyu beef – scored high on flavour but low on engineering, with meaty crumbs of the patty falling apart after just a few bites.  
The stripped-back look, with bare brick, antique-styled panelling and age-of-steam décor certainly looks the part in the airy dining space at the rear, though the acoustics suffer; lip-reading will come in handy if there are more than a dozen diners.

As for the mini ‘flat iron’ meat cleavers – they’re quirky but gimmicky, since the steaks come ready sliced. Oh, and they’re not to be snaffled as ‘souvenirs’, as the menu politely points out. Consider yourself warned.

By Catherine Balston

Venue name: Flat Iron
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Address: 9 Denmark St
London
WC2 H8LS
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Price: Around £35 for two
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Jon D

A great tasting piece of steak every time and the novelty factor of a mini cleaver for a knife doesn't wear off. Friendly service and eager to please. Free ice cream on the way out. Great experience. I went here with my cousin who had just moved to London from Canada. He agreed it was the best steak to had tried in London so far...

Samantha H
Tastemaker

The steak at Flat Iron is always fantastic, the service can be a little more up and down!  Perfect for a pre-theatre bit if you can get there early enough to grab a table, the food is served quickly.  We were seated at the large table at the back of the restaurant, slightly around a corner and I think the phrase 'out of sight, out of mind' sums up the situation perfectly.  It took 20 minutes for our order to be taken (in a restaurant with many option perhaps this is ok but when there is only one?!?), food came quickly but then again when we wanted to get the bill and leave there was no one to be found and we were left with our empty plates in front of us for a while.  However, the food itself makes up for it.  The steak was cooked to perfection, all sides added something whilst not taking away attention from the main event.  Will definitely be back again soon. 

Florian P

Yes definitely one of the best meat in London! And it's cheap. But you may have to share your table, so it's not the best place for a romantic diner. Be careful the queue can be up to 2 hours !!

AME
Tastemaker

Do not come here if you want to be spoilt for choice because it is a guarantee you won't be, but if you love steak as much as I do, Flat Iron will hit the spot! Cooked to perfection, it was one of the juiciest steaks I've had! 
Dripping chips were a real treat too! Everything about the place is unassuming and simple but that is no bad thing.
A perfect example of excelling in a niche.Sometimes getting simple right is difficult but Flat Iron have done just that!

Russ C

Simple and very tasty must visit for steak and burger lovers. I had the standard Flat Iron steak with peppercorn sauce, a side salad and excellent creamy spinach - a Paleo delight. Great concept with consistently good quality. Wish they'd start serving coffee. 

Jo Gowans
Tastemaker

We thoroughly enjoyed dinner here and will certainly be back! We were prepared for the wait, and grabbed a drink in a bar nearby (they’ll text you when the table’s ready). It was impossible to resist the wagyu beef special, but as it was our first time here we opted for a classic Flat Iron steak too and split half and half. The classic steak was very good, but the wagyu was spectacular. A side of creamed spinach was delightfully moreish but we could have done without the chips. The accompanying Old Fashioned cocktails with blood orange oil were probably the best I’ve had in London, certainly top five.  

Dee
Tastemaker

I always go to Flat Iron for the burger. Tried the steak once and did not love it so always find out when they have special burgers. The burger here is very simple, a big bun and a big patty and what makes the burger is the sauce, usually Bernaise with a truffle or a similar twist. One of the better burgers in Londontown.

A-Dog
Staff Writer

Went here for dinner on my birthday, despite the large queues we got seated within 5 minutes. The met was well cooked medium rare as per their recommendation and the chips were fantastic. Good value wine list and a couple of decent cocktails too. Nice simple menu enough to satiate your steak fix without the added expense that a visit to Hawksmoor/Goodman requires.