REVIEW: Flat Iron, Denmark Street
WHAT? Cheap, high-quality flat iron steak with a small selection of truly delicious sides.
WHERE? With branches spreading across Soho, Covent Garden, Shoreditch and Portobello since 2012, word of Flat Iron grew fast – and so do the queues.
The premise is this: a no-nonsense, perfectly cooked steak at an affordable price point, every time. Flat iron is a well-marbled, tender cut that’s criminally undersung, barely in need of the handful of sauces available (though the peppercorn is a treat). There’s nothing else on the menu, bar whatever’s on the Specials board that day. On our visit, we sampled a Waygu beef steak burger, minced then doused in (far, far too much) Hollandaise sauce, sandwiched in a soft Brioche bun.
Beef dripping chips are a must, along with Parmesan-topped, ooey gooey aubergine. Everything’s served with a green salad, but extra veg options change often – we sampled some delicious seasonal greens.
As for drinks, it has to be red wine, of which there’s a tidy selection – but cocktail fans would do well to choose the Golborne G&T, laced with rose and pomegranate.
HOW MUCH: The Flat Iron steak is £10 (£10!), sides coming in at well under £5. Dessert is a paltry £3.50 – melt in the mouth milk soft serve dribbled with Madagascan chocolate sauce, whiskey and salt caramel.
BOTTOM LINE: For meat lovers, this remains one of the best value dinners in London, and if you can stand to wait in line (or pop your name down and come back later) well worth it.