Flat Iron is one of those places that practically every meat-eating human in the London area is banging on about.
The cheap steak offered just seemed a little too good to be true, and I’d heard about long queues to get in, so I’d put it off for a while. We finally decided to take the plunge a couple of weeks ago – and it came abundantly clear what the fuss is all about.
We went to the Covent Garden location, and sure enough, there was a little bit of a queue outside. Flat Iron doesn’t take any reservations, so you do have to wait – but they have a fantastic system in place. It’s actually quite brilliant – we popped in, gave our name and number, and were told that we would get a text in the next 25 minutes, or whenever the next table became free. It was great, because instead of putting the other diners off their meal by staring at them, we pressed our noses up against the glass at Laduree, messed around with a few Apple Watches, and wandered around the Covent Garden piazza until they were ready for us.
The decor inside is fairly minimal, but with modern accents, and was perfect for a date – especially combined with the menu, as the sides are definitely worth sharing! You get given a cup of popcorn to tide you through the menu, which is simple, but groan-inducingly good.
The steaks are unbelievably reasonable (a tenner!) and are sourced from the UK (Thirsk). We both like our steaks quite rare, and between us got a dripping cooked chips each, along with Sophie’s Salad (blue cheese, candied pecans, lemon dressing) and roast aubergine with tomato, basil and parmesan. All the sides are £3.50 at most, which is incredibly reasonable for the quality of food you get.
Sauces come at a quid each, and I had ordered the horseradish sauce while my boyfriend had ordered Fred’s Sauce, which was pretty similar to a bloody mary. Fred’s Sauce was absolutely delicious, and we got through three pots of it – I definitely recommend it over the horseradish cream any day.
The steaks were cooked to perfection, and absolutely melted in your mouth – it was divine. The only regret I had was ordering a cocktail with the meal – I’d ordered a sloe & strawberry bellini, which was delicious, but really didn’t go with the food at all! I’ll be sticking with a red wine next time.
There’s no dessert menu, but if you get a main course at Flat Iron you get a free ice cream each with your receipt – you just take it up to the front as you leave. We were given a delicious salted caramel ice cream with chocolate shavings, and it was really tasty.
All in all, I thought that Flat Iron was definitely worth all the hype – I absolutely loved it!