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Steak Frites at Flat Iron, Denmark St

Two flat iron steaks with chips, creamed spinach and two pints of beer

There's a whole heap of places on my London to-eat list that I haven't made it to yet because I just cannot be arsed to queue. Gradually, no-reservation eateries are starting to become less rare, but I do get it with smaller places. Flat Iron on Denmark Street is limited on space which means demand is high, and explains why it's taken me so long to actually eat there.

Steak is what you want neon sign

We didn't really queue, to be honest. But that's because we'd eaten breakfast at 6am, so by the time Flat Iron opened at 12pm, we were there for the doors opening and ravenous to boot. I was sceptical of the simple menu after visiting Le Relais De L'Entrecote in Paris which has a similar concept but, after almost two hours of queueing, is high up there with the most disappointing meals of my life.

Mini meat cleaver

Freedom Four beer

But instantly Flat Iron felt different to that. It doesn't cram people in; instead, we sat within wood-panelled interiors that channeled lumberjack cabin rather than tourist trap. Delicate wildflowers sat in glass tumblers contrasting the metal farming equipment hung on the walls, but both giving a distinct outdoorsy vibe. It is stripped down, as is the menu.
 
Wood panelled interior of Flat Iron restaurant

Popcorn in enamel cup

At Flat Iron, the only option is steak. They do have a heftier cut and a special item on the menu most days, but really, you come here for a good quality, flat iron steak, always served with a leafy green salad and should absolutely come medium-rare (unless you're a heathen, but I guess that's why steak knives come with serrated edges). It's what we came for and it's what we got.

Two flat iron steaks with chips, creamed spinach and beer

I went for bearnaise and my boyfriend had peppercorn, which meant I could gleefully mix and match sauces with the thin slices of steak AND the dripping cooked chips we were sharing. Each sauce was creamy and soft, and the ground sea salt on the steak melted along with the super-tender meat. We added creamed spinach into the mix whose tinge of nutmeg gave finesse to what could've been a heavy meal but was actually perfectly proportioned. 

Pouring peppercorn sauce onto steak

I love to peruse a menu and pick a selection of things to share, but sometimes you just want something simple and to have it done really well. There's plenty of restaurants that try to be the jack of all trades, but when it comes to Flat Iron, they are simply the master of one: quality steak, cooked perfectly.

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Steak Frites at Flat Iron, Denmark St

16 comments

  1. I LOVE their steak so much. I haven't been for ages, or taken Gary yet so think I might be due another visit! x

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  2. Yum, I love Flat Iron. Mr P always has to get two steaks because he is a big fan of the meat! It's such good value too.

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  3. ninegrandstudent3 November 2017 at 12:43

    This has got me craving steak now...

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  4. Yummm I've been wanting to go here for ages! Do love a great steak x

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  5. I went to the Flat Iron in Shoreditch a couple of months ago (I don't think this is the same one, is it?) and was so impressed. Perfectly done steak, with those little crystals of sea salt, so reasonably priced AND a lovely vibe which made me feel completely comfortable eating in on my own on a Friday night. So glad I listened to Twitter recs and didn't just go to Nandos or something.

    Lis / last year's girl x

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  6. I love Flat Iron! Their creamed spinach is so dreamy. Ohhhh now I need another visit as all I want is steak!

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  7. Oh man, I NEED to go to Flat Iron now! Wonder if I can persuade my husband we can go here seeing as I technically didn't get a birthday dinner...

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  8. I think it has nutmeg in; I'm going to try and recreate it!
    Cx

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  9. It had taken me so long to get around to eating there but I'm so glad it lived up to its reputation!
    Cx

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  10. Omg, make it happen, use any excuse you can!
    Cx

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  11. Same brand but different locations, I think the Shoreditch one is bigger. So glad you enjoyed it, and what a lovely meal to treat yourself to!
    Cx

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  12. It was always the queuing that put me off, but getting there for opening time solved all my woes!
    Cx

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  13. Ha ha! That's impressive, top marks for Mr P!
    Cx

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  14. So simple and so perfectly done, it's exactly what I wanted!
    Cx

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