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|Address:||17 Beak Street, London W1F 9RW|
|Price: £30.00||Wine: £13.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)|
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Yes, there is in inflation of steak and burger joints in central London. Yes there is an inflation of “no reservation” restaurants, but every now and again something truly original stands out. Following last year's pop-up experience, Flat Iron has now got a permanent home in Soho. There is only one thing on the menu and that is a perfectly cooked, perfectly sliced, juicy steak. Who cares what cut of the beast it comes from. The sides are fantastic. The baked aubergine is a personal favorite. We understand that there is a daily special and yesterday it was the Flat Iron burger. I know that there has been a bit of competition among the purveyors of posh/gourmet burgers in town lately. I have sampled some myself but I am happy to report that the Flat Iron burger wins the competition hands down. No monumental toppings, no preposterous mince mixes, no fancy sauces distracting from the experience. This is about the meat, its pure flavor, a dash of bernaise and a sprinkle of shallots, encased in the fluffiest sesame bun ever. The wine and beer list is short, well selected and to the point. There is only one dessert on the menu and is a real surprise: a salt caramel mouse freshly squirted in a small glass. Heaven. The prices are very good value, the decor just the right side of trendy without trying too hard and the service friendly and attentive. I love this place. Just two things though: for goodness' sake, get an espresso machine and do not become a chain.