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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