My dad and I had a Christmas outing, dinner and the theatre. I know what you’re thinking, what a great evening. And on the off chance that you are interested, we saw Heisenberg. I loved Anne-Marie Duff (shameless), but think the overall charm was missed on us. Having said that, I find it hard to truly dislike anything in theatre. But, I definitely have seen better.
The theatre district has its fair share of good eats and the choice of pre theatre menus is endless. So when my dad suggested Flat Iron, I initially thought, amazing. Saves me hours deliberating and researching menus. Then, my second thought was, I love that place and it’s been way too long, and thirdly I was filled with horror and dread at the thought of the waiting times. The queues have been know to be circa of an hour or more. Not ideal with post dinner plans, and not ideal with my dad. Patience is not a virtue he is more known for.
Thankfully, when we get there the wait was only 30 mins. They have staff out the front who manage the queue. They take your phone number, and when a table becomes available, you receive a text.
There are five branches of Flat Iron in total. We went to the Denmark Street branch, which doesn’t have a bar to wait in, and in all honesty, there isn’t much around it. Previously I have been to the Beak Street branch, which has a basement bar, as well as a lot of neighbouring water holes. The Beak Street branch I have found to have a longer queue than last nights. 30 mins vs a normal hour wait. Coincidence or not? I don’t know. But accurate on this occasion anyway.
Denmark Street is definitely more spacious, where as in the Soho branch I feel you end up sitting on top of each other a bit.
The menu is simple, they serve steak, and sides.
One particular steak all year round, you’ve guessed it, Flat Iron steak. Charged at the most reasonable price of £10.00. Then of course you complete your meal with sides, chips, creamed spinach, greens etc, and then add a dip. Bernaise, horseradish…. On top of the basic steak, they always have a special steak for £15.00, and that’s it.
A small and simple menu.
We both opt for the flat iron steak, chips and a dip each. The chips arent sharing chips. This is important. I think the chips are too delicious and just the perfect size for one person, not two. But we do share the creamed spinach. (I was clearly in a sharing mood today!)
I love the way they serve the whole meal. The steak is sliced onto a wooden board, tins to hold the sides in, and then a meat cleaver for steak slicing.
I have a friend who thinks Flat Iron is “too millennial”, she eye rolls at the no booking policy, wooden chopping board and wine, to her horror served in a stemless wine glass. I imagine her moaning and complaining about it being too try hard.
Thankfully I do not share this opinion. I love the meat cleaver! I also happen to think Flat Iron is just simple and good food at great value. Back to basics in modern surroundings.
All I’d say is, don’t be put off by queuing times, add this factor into your planning time, and look at the wait to be seated as an opportunity to explore the surrounding area.
I have included the link below.
Have a good day! X