The perfect place for a juicy steak at a great price. No reservations are taken at any of their five venues, so its rock up and see; if there’s no room add yourself to the list and head to the pub.
What makes Flat Iron isn’t just the price and quality, but the attention to detail. Your knife is a mini cleaver, giving you that feeling you’re a butcher, despite the fact you hardly need it as the flat iron steak comes sliced. When the steak arrives its on a thick wooden board with a metal or ceramic tile inset in the centre that the steak sits on and is kept warm by. Sides, like their crisp and fluffy chips, are served up in chipped enamel coated tin dishes. Then there is the popcorn they bring you to snack on while you wait for your food to arrive – I mean popcorn, need one say more!
The signature flat iron steak is still £10, making it cheaper than any other decent steak in London. This in part is because they are not the largest steaks but, if you’re hungry enough you could order more than one and it would still be good value (I know someone that once ordered 3, he was that hungry). If you want something else there is an unctuous béarnaise smothered burger that is very good though rich, and a variety of other more expensive steaks are also available.
Where it truly excels is as a superb place to grab a meal with friends.
London Lamppost Score – 3/5
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