Finally I got to try a restaurant which I've been meaning to do for no word of a lie, about 2 years.
I heard about Flat Iron doing amazing steak at amazing prices years ago, but with a no booking policy as seems to be the (annoying) trend in London, and queues out the door every time I walked past, it just never happened.
Fast forward to now, and they've opened up another restaurant. A bigger and better restaurant (edit: they don't do bookings as I first thought. But if you go into the restaurant in person like we did they will hold a table for you at a certain time later on) in Covent Garden.
So after me and Ella left a rather dull party early (was the cleaver a sign of how things had got?), we found ourselves wondering what to do with our Friday night. Steak is always a good idea, no?
Now I'm not sure if I never fully understood the concept, or after 2 years I'd forgotten, but the menu is very straightforward.
There is one option. It's steak- duh! and its a Flat Iron steak- Double Duh!
Oh and it costs ten freaking pounds. £10! For a steak. In London.
If that wasn't generous enough, they even give you popcorn whilst you wait.
Now I'd love to say we in our slightly over the top steak night outfits, were the air of sophistication...
But no. Of course not. Cue playing around as murderers with the steak cleaver.
The staff, potentially fearing for their safety, quickly gave us our food.
So here it is, the crowning glory.
Apparently a Flat iron steak is the American name for the butlers' steak in the U.K. I've lived in the UK all my 24 years and never heard of this but OK. It's cut from the shoulder and has a rich, deep flavour with a good amount of marbling.
It's considered not as good quality as your rib eyes or sirloin, but then hence your price difference. However by no means is this a bad steak, oh no, oh no! The steak is beautifully juicy and rich, which cut with not too much effort.
I'm not saying it's close to being on par with Goodmans or Hawksmoor, but for £10, you certainly won't be disappointed.
Whilst only one main is on offer, you can choose your sides, with beef dripping chips and a very good creamed spinach on offer.
Don't forget about the drinks too.
I'd really recommend the plum aperol spritz. It was so delicious, I had to consciously pace myself from gulping it right down.
Flat Iron is the kind of place you can come down at what ever time with a friend or two for some low cost catching up, yet with an amazing atmosphere, and great food.
Now just before we left, I was once again caught by surprise. This time because we were told to get ice cream. Well do I want to buy a dessert...
I didn't need to worry, a salted caramel ice cream is free for everyone who eats there! Yes really!
And it's darn good ice cream too!
Cheap, but not cheerful in that sense. Actually a really really good place to go for a meal, it lived up to my hopes 2 years ago.
Get your butt down there as soon as you can.