The first time I experienced Flat Iron was just over 12 months ago and in the flagship Soho location on Beak Street. I’d been wanting to try it out for months after numerous recommendations but every time I’d tried to get a table there was a waiting time of over 1.5 hours, a little long for my liking especially as I suffer with ‘Hangry disorder’! Curtain Road in Shoreditch is the latest and fourth Flat Iron in London opening less than four weeks ago. Despite this the service and quality of food was just as good, if not better, than my first experience of this great value for money steak place.
On this occasion I went with friends and as this is a no reservation restaurant you have to wait for the whole party to arrive before being seated. There’s an open and industrial styled bar with a range of cocktails and beers to tuck into while you’re waiting. The Strawberry & Basil Collins is a great summery and refreshing cocktail if you like your drinks on the slightly sweeter side of life. We were lucky in that we didn’t have to wait for a table at all and found ourselves being seated straight away just after 7 when we’d all arrived and finished a pre-dinner drink.
So what is Flat Iron?
Flat Iron is cut from the beef shoulder and whilst slightly tougher than fillet it is leaner and more tender than sirloin with a delicious flavour running through it. Recommended and cooked medium rare the cut of meat is sliced into thin strips and melts in your mouth.
Why is Flat Iron the restaurant so good?
This delicious slab of meat, served with a small side salad, costs a mere £10! The mini cleaver is pretty cool too – unfortunately this doesn’t come within the price.
There are a range of sides on offer to accompany your meat and I’d highly recommend the beef dripping fries and creamed spinach. You will also find a special on at each restaurant which can range from a different cut of steak to a burger, perhaps check out Twitter on the day for their latest special on offer which is usually priced around £15. If you’re looking for good but reasonable steak without the queues and tourists of Soho get yourself to Flat Iron’s latest opening, especially as there are lots of bars around to head to for some post-dinner drinks after.
Flat Iron, 77 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3BS
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