Flat Iron is not exactly new to the London dining scene, and its original Beak Street restaurant is a bit of a Soho institution. Known for excellent steak and excellent value, Flat Iron has been popular from the outset. I had heard about the long queues of patient fans, who, because of the typical Soho no-booking policy, were more than happy to wait in line for a juicy steak for a tenner.
I don’t have the patience for long queues, and so, when the newest (and by far the largest) Flat Iron opened on Henrietta Street (December 2015), around the corner from where I work, my interest was renewed. Taking colleagues out to lunch posed as the perfect opportunity to try this place, and we were all very impressed.
The menu is short & simple, and their signature Flat Iron steak for £10 is what you should order. Yes, they had specials (a burger in our case), but I’d seen the beautifully pink sliced steaks come by and knew what I wanted. It comes with a side salad, though you can of course order triple cooked chips, or other vegetables with it. They also offer sauces (£1) – from an excellent Bearnaise to the creamy horseradish I went for. The steaks came quickly, were perfectly cooked, and tasted divine. Lunch was all over in under 45 minutes.
To top it off they offer a complimentary salted caramel ice cream upon departure. The ice cream was almost (almost) better than the steak.
With friendly staff, attractive interiors and incredible value, I can completely understand the appeal. The bonus of the Henrietta Street restaurant is that it is large enough to head there for lunch without queues. I shall definitely be returning for dinner…
17/18 Henrietta Street
With other restaurants in Soho on 17 Beak Street and 9 Denmark Street