21 August 2014

Flat Iron

17 Beak Street, London W1F 9RW

£30.00 Steak Soho

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  • Wine: £13.50
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)

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This democratic steakhouse serves its namesake – an underrated shoulder cut of beef also known as ‘top blade’ or ‘butler’s steak’ – plus a little side salad, for just £10 – great value for central London. Despite its no-bookings policy, single-item menu and lack of phone number, this outfit is anything but too cool for school, with smiling service, communal tables and a cracking downstairs bar serving St John’s famous custard doughnuts alongside potent cocktails. The steak – presented on an oblong board with a fun-sized meat cleaver – is surprisingly tender, crisply charred and juicy, while ‘amazing’ sides include squishy dripping-cooked chips and garlicky spinach. Occasionally you’ll find honest-to-goodness ‘pure flavour’ burgers, plus ‘heavenly’ salt-caramel mousse to finish. With steak-friendly wines offered by the glass, Flat Iron is an affordable treat for young-at-heart Londoners.

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  1. Flat Iron

    17 Beak Street, London W1F 9RW
    Overall rating:
    Max B.

    Beyond the hype

    Editor's pick

    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 10

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  2. Flat Iron

    17 Beak Street, London W1F 9RW
    Overall rating:
    Richard E.
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
    Editor's pick

    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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  1. Published : Sunday, 2nd February 2014

    SamTheFoodFan :: Flat Iron

    I’m a steak snob. There, I said it! Growing up in South Africa, where red meat is king and babies practically cut their teeth on biltong; a good piece of steak is pretty easy to find and not terribly expensive. Not so in the UK. You can’t buy a decent steak in a supermarket (or I haven’t been able to find one yet) and if you want to eat one in a restaurant, it’s going to cost you. So bearing all of that in mind, when Flat Iron opened in Soho selling steak and salad for a tenner; I was dubious to say the least and every time TBH suggested going there I always found somewhere else I would rather go. Steak for £10? Puh-lease‼! Until one Monday in January when we both had the day off, I couldn't put it off any longer...
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  2. Published : Monday, 18th November 2013

    The Cow Club Council :: Flat Iron

    Atmospheric and inviting, Flat Iron offers superb steak (admittedly with limited choice) at incredible value - you could eat here twice over for less than one visit to other steakhouse... and we think you will be back! For this, our seventeenth outing, Kong briefly returns to the Council from the 'steak-poor' shores of Australia, and finds himself in a 1-month-old steakhouse with two front doors (everyone irresistibly tries the locked one first), two floors of benches, and only two cuts on the 'menu'. Flat Iron was wrought from the ashes of a Shoreditch pop up, when its owner stumbled upon a plot just off Regents Street...
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  3. Published : Monday, 21st October 2013

    The Apposite :: FLAT IRON

    Londoners belong to a very special breed of customers. At the announcement of a new restaurant, they behave more like a jury in the trial of O.J. Simpson rather than the crowd at Woodstock. Their experience in spending money has made them a demanding crowd; they do not get excited, they scrutinize and inspect, they cross-reference and debate, before any conclusion can be reached. Flat Iron has been under surveillance for almost a year now, making its appearance as a pop-up in Redchurch Street before being granted by the London crowd, a permanent residence in Soho...
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  4. Published : Saturday, 24th August 2013

    Nomface :: Flat Iron, London

    People who work around Soho are spoilt for choice when it comes to lunch and dinner time. Taking advantage of working in Soho I noticed Flat Iron. A small steak joint selling flat iron steak as the name would suggest. We strolled down one lunchtime and decided to indulge. On arrival we were presented with a mug of popcorn. The cutlery also resembled a mini meat cleaver which was a bit quirky...
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  5. Published : Thursday, 27th June 2013

    Munch My Way :: Flat Iron

    Flat Iron is a small steakhouse right off Beak St close to Carnaby St… With the dominance of Hawksmoore being one of the best steakhouse, I need to give this place a try.. And wow it was really good! The menu is simple and the atmosphere is cosy while being quite rustic… The place serves Flat Iron steaks or blade steak…
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  6. Published : Tuesday, 26th March 2013

    YUMMEI :: Flat Iron Steak - Soho - London

    The first rule of Flat Iron is that there is only one choice. The second rule: there is only one cut. The final rule: there is only one steak. The Flat Iron Steak. After a series of successful pop-ups during the summer last year, Flat Iron have finally set up a permanent home in Beak Street just off Carnaby Street...
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  7. Flat Iron has restored our faith that you can get a decent meal with a ‘cheap eat’ price tag. Add to this the fact that it’s a steak restaurant, and you can understand why there is always a queue. Named after the cut of beef (the shoulder or chunk) not after the iconic New York building close to where I proposed to the other half of We Love Food...
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  8. Fred Smith, for those of you who don't know, was the head chef at The Admiral Codrington. His kitchen became universally regarded as one of the best burgers London, in fact anywhere, had to offer...
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  9. Published : Monday, 10th December 2012

    Samphire and Salsify :: Flat Iron

    After a successful pop-up above The Owl & Pussycat pub in Shoreditch, Flat Iron has found itself a more permanent home on Beak Street in Soho. The outside It’s a no reservation restaurant with a downstairs bar and a small ground floor dining room which seats around 30 people. The room is everything you’d expect from a new trendy restaurant with exposed brick walls and a general feeling of shabby chic which seems to work well in the small space. The only thing I wasn’t that keen on was the loud rap music – maybe I’m just getting old!...
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  10. Good steak in London can cost a lot of money and the area around Piccadilly and Soho is a good example of this rule of thumb. MASH serves up some excellent steak, but at very high prices. Flat Iron is completely different. In contrast to the plush surroundings of MASH or the refined, clubby environment of a Hawksmoor, Flat Iron has a deliberately worn down look full of bare timbers and distressed light fixtures that betrays its origins as a Shoreditch pop up...
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  11. Published : Thursday, 30th August 2012

    Fd Over LDN :: Flat Iron

    If you are going to do one thing make sure you do it well, and Flat Iron have certainly achieved that. A lot of places are running simplified menus, and Flat iron certainly takes this to the extreme, serving up just steak, and only flat iron (a cut from the shoulder) at that.Flat Iron have found home in the upstairs of the Owl & Pussycat pub, right near Shoreditch high street station. Got there at 6 and just missed out on getting the first allocation of seats, and were told we would have to wait half an hour. Luckily for us while waiting for drinks some seats had been freed up, bonus, I was starving and I could smell maillard reaction..
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Essential Details for Flat Iron

  • Cuisine: Steak
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £30.00
  • Wine: £13.50

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