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||Contact:|
9 Denmark St
|Transport:||Tube: Tottenham Court Road|
|Price:||Around £35 for two|
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This was our second visit to Flat Iron and first dine in experience (we couldn't get the table last night). Flat Iron does the best steak in town for a tenner. The chips are possibly the best I've had in London. It is the perfect pre-theatre dinner. Get there just before 6 to guarantee a table, otherwise be prepared to wait a minimum of an hour. We were prompt;y seated on arrival. The waiter who served us was very attentive even with the crowd building up in the restaurant. I cannot wait to go back already. P.S. Love the cleavers!
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...
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 !!
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.