Flat Iron Steak
9 Denmark Street, Soho, London, WC2H 8LS
For the Beards Birthday I wanted to take him out for a steak dinner and decided on Flat Iron Steak in Soho. I first went there in July with some friends who were visiting from Australia. It was an immediate hit and I’ve pretty much been planning a return trip ever since that first visit. I knew it was exactly to the Beards taste, everything from the tender tasty meat itself, to the scrumptious popcorn appetizers that are served on your arrival.
The restaurant itself is fairly simple. It has a wooden lodge sort of look with tables and stools dotted around. The impression I got of Flat Iron is that it wants to serve a good steak to a cheaper market. We all love and appreciate a good piece of meat but not everyone can afford to splash the cash on a £30 steak! They don’t take bookings which can be a little irritating as it gets very busy, but on the upside it means that there is absolutely no pressure to leave in a rush (hence why we ended up ordering that second bottle of wine).
There are often specials on, such as the tasty-looking steak burger cloaked in melted cheese, but I’ll be honest, if you’ve found yourself at this restaurant then you are obviously there for a steak, so take my advice and order yourself the Flat Iron steak and you won’t be disappointed. It’s served on a wooden board, chopped up into beautiful juicy cutlets, with a leafy salad served separately – and it’s just £10! The sauces are £1 and side dishes are just £2.50. In fact the most expensive thing we ordered was the wine.
The Beard and I both ordered Peppercorn sauce to smother over our steaks, and we shared some deliciously green Bobby beans, some dripping cooked chips, and a portion of creamed spinach. The creamed Spinach is another reason to get yourself down to Flat Iron. This small dish of nutmeg infused spinach goes perfectly with the succulent steak pieces. It’s quite rich in flavour, so you might not be able to finish it, but one portion is the perfect amount for sharing between two.
The Beard was hugely impressed with Flat Iron. He enjoyed his juicy tender steak so much that when I ordered the Salt Caramel Sundae for desert, the Beard ordered another steak. YES, another steak. To be fair he has never had much of a sweet tooth, so he wouldn’t have ordered an actual desert, and at £10 a pop you can’t go wrong (plus, it was his Birthday). I on the other hand, LIVE for the sweeter things in life, and my Salt Caramel Sundae didn’t disappoint. Served with Hot Madagascan Chocolate sauce, Vanilla Bean and Makers Mark Syrup, there are no words to describe how yummy it was.
Afterwards we headed around the corner to Soho Kitchen and Bar on Old Compton Street, where we snagged an outside table and enjoyed some lovely cocktails. The Birthday Beard enjoyed a glass of Golden Eye; Bacardi Gold, peach, lime and Ginger Beer, whilst I enjoyed a Porn Star Martini; Stoli Vanilla, Passoa, lime and served with a shot of Prosecco, nom nom nom.