There’s a beauty in the bustle of London. Something about the crowds, the atmosphere, the ever-changing landscape when you emerge from the underground is pure magic. Slowly sipping an orange juice and walking around Camden is one of the simple pleasures. However, if there’s one thing that isn’t quite so romantic about London, it’s the price. Everything costs roughly x1000 as much as it would anywhere else in the UK. That’s a slight exaggeration but I’m sure I’m not far from the mark.
Compulsory cheesy selfie in Camden!
That’s why it’s so refreshing to find little spots that have all the charm of London, minus the hefty price tag. Enter, Flat Iron!
Here’s the deal – Flat Iron serve steak, flat iron steaks. And that’s about it! Each steak is the same cut, the same size, all served medium-rare unless otherwise requested and an absolute steal at £10 a steak. You can enjoy a simple lunch (Steak, side salad and additional side) for under £13, several sides alongside the steak and a dessert wouldn’t bump up the price to much over £20.
This is especially helpful if you’re anything like me, who loses all financial sense when faced with a good menu, it’s very easy to stick to a budget when faced with such a limited low-price menu. Flat Iron is certainly not a jack-of-all-trades but they stick to what they’re good at and simply do it better than everyone else. More remarkable than the price – impressive anywhere but especially so in London – is the quality. There’s clearly something to be said for focusing on a single protein and doing it well!
Sides are seasonal and subject to change but a generous portion of seasonal vegetables, chips or mash will only set you back around £2.50 per side. There is also sometimes a single steak alternative on offer.
The seating is … cosy. There are side tables but most of the seating is benches so probably worth bearing that in mind, as it can get a little snug. If you are particularly protective of your personal space then it may be worth waiting for a side table or giving the Flat Iron a miss. Groups and couples are seated together so this has never really been an issue for me but this definitely could make some people feel uncomfortable. There’s no dress code and atmosphere is very chatty and relaxed.
Flat Iron do not accept bookings and they tend to fill up fairly quickly in the evenings, so it might not be the best bet if you’re on a tight schedule! We’ve always been seated fairly quickly but waits of up to an hour at peak times is not unheard of. There’s a bar area, downstairs from the restaurant, so you can enjoy a cocktail or two whilst you wait.
Whilst the eccentric seating, no bookings policy and simple menu could be a deterrent for some, I find that it adds to the charm. Would definitely recommend and for the price, it definitely might be worth a visit if you’re in the area!
Let me know your thoughts on the Flat Iron. Quirky haven or not for you?