What a difference a year makes. When we first visited this pop-up-gone-permanent, it hadn't yet found its feet on this site, and failed to impress. But on our most recent Friday night visit, the signature steak (one of two options: there was an off-menu onglet too) had been expertly cooked: beautifully scorched on the outside, and bloodily pink in the middle, service was swift and cheery, the shared-tables atmosphere lively, and even the no-bookings element a non-issue – you’re given a pager, allowing you to retreat to a local pub or nip downstairs for one of the excellent cocktails.
The real disappointment is the cynical pricing. Despite selling itself as a ‘steak for a tenner’ joint, all the extras are, well, extra. So if you have both chips and greens (£2.50 each), plus a sauce (£1), you’re looking at £16 before drinks and service. Genuinely cheap it may not be, but it's certainly cheerful.
|Venue name:||Flat Iron||Contact:|
17 Beak St
|Transport:||Piccadilly Circus tube, or Oxford Circus tube|
|Price:||Around £35 for two.|
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Average User Rating
4.5 / 5
- 5 star:18
- 4 star:9
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
I think 3 stars for Flat Iron is pretty mean of Time Out. Although a major feat to get a table at the restaurant, Flat Iron is very reasonably priced, consistently good, the sides are AMAZING (I am practically obsessed with the creamed spinach or the roast aubergine). The steak sauces are pretty tasty also and they do a mean burger! Their wine is reasonably priced and would highly recommend the black cherry or the spicy Italian (that's not a subway sandwich). The staff are generally pleasant and helpful, they're very knowledgeable about the meat and the restaurant.
The downsides I would have to say is their pretty pathetic dessert which is a poor excuse for a sundae, their waiting times for tables and lack of reservations is borderline narcissistic, and their cocktails are about 98% ice, which even for central London is a bit of a p*ss take. If you want affordable and tasty steak with friendly staff then this is the place for you, if you want a guaranteed table go elsewhere.
Really good value for money steak but the sides are a bit lack lustre. I still enjoyed it and thought the venue was quite cosy but the sides really were a bit of a let down.
What is not to like here! Tasty piece of steak at a good price to enjoy in nice surrondings. Excellent chips, lovely mustard and fantastic knivies to get that special novelity factor. Went during a busy lunchtime with a colleague where we were seated straight away, fast service without feeling rushed to eat and get out...
Massive Fan of this place
Great Steak. Good Ambiance with friendly staff. Where else can you get steak and chips with a bottle of wine for under £60?
Excellent services and the best meat in London for less than £15, yes it's possible. You cannot book so just go there, put your name on the list and go to have a beer until your receive a textwhen your table is ready!
Only one bad point, you share the table... 6 per table
The Wagyu and truffle sauce burger is simply the best in town - great value for money with an excellent selection of craft beers
Great place. Good simple food reasonably priced. Love the décor too. Id recommend both this and the Flat Iron close to Covent Garden
Yes it's one of those tiny London restaurants in Soho where you can't book, however, the food, ambiance and location are all excellent, plus you get to add your name to the list and go grab a drink in one of Soho's many watering holes whilst you wait. What's so bad about that? The steak is incredible, the melt in your mouth type, medium rare and so tasty, served with a choice of sides and fries. The house red is also excellent and complemented the steak perfectly. The best thing was the price - very reasonable for such good quality steak and wine. Would go again!
a restaurant automatically loses a star from me when you cant make a reservation - it really irritates me. However a colleague recommended I try Flat Iron so I took in a steak before heading to the theatre last night. I arrived about 6pm and was told there would be a 20 minute wait however I was welcome to leave the restaurant and explore the surrounding shops while I wait. Sure enough after 10 minutes the web app told me my table was ready and we headed back to be seated. All very acceptable. You only get Steak here and that works for me. Flat Iron always available and then 2 specials. I had an amazing Onglet and my partner went for the house steak. Cooked medium rare and melt in the mouth meat. We also had excellent chips and seasonal Broccoli cooked perfectly. Afterwards we couldnt resist the chocolate caramel mousse - my other half went in for a second helping it was so good. All in all brilliant food, service and ambiance. A safe bet unless your a vegetarian