When it comes to steak, your preferences are clear: chargrilled on the outside, slightly pink on the inside.
And, occasionally, undercooked.
But that’s rare.
Charlie Carroll also knows what he likes – great steak, at affordable prices. So following the success of what was once a mere summer pop up (which offered exactly that), he quietly launched a permanent version over 3 floors in Soho. Which he then also launched not-so-quietly in Denmark Street, Covent Garden, Shoreditch, Golborne Road, and King’s Cross – after the original became an instant hit.
This very original comprises a dimly-lit, two-floor space that combines battered concrete, exposed brickwork and wood panelling with vintage cast iron enamelled lights (reclaimed from Smithfield Meat Market) and wall-mounted meat cleavers.
The warm glow of satisfaction that you’ll inevitably feel in perusing the one item menu – a mouth-watering Flat Iron steak served with house salad for £10, accompanied by a choice of sides like dripping cooked chips, creamed spinach and market greens – easily makes up for the fact that you can’t reserve a table (although let it be known they have a very nifty system that involves texting you when there’s one available, and many good bars nearby).
After your meal, you’ll merrily peruse the well-chosen wine list, or perhaps plump for their Mr. Whippy-style salted caramel mousse in a mug (served out of an aerosol can, naturally), with rock salt crystals to scatter according to your whim. And yes, you will want to order about twenty of them.
It’s a mousse-trap.
NOTE: Flat Iron Soho is open daily for lunch and dinner. They take walk-ins only – find out more on their website HERE.
Flat Iron Soho | 17 Beak Street, W1F 9RW
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