Last week we treated ourselves to two of London’s most renowned steak restaurants Gaucho and Flat Iron. Two steak joints, two very different experiences and here is our quick, to the point reviews.
We’ll start with Gaucho as we went there first. Wednesday at 12:30 at the Charlotte Street restaurant was a little quiet, but we didn’t mind; we got the a nice feel from the place. The unmistakable cow print fur walls and glass walkways gives this particular restaurant a retro vibe, but nothing about the service or food was retro.
We sat down and were brilliantly waited on, the waiter explained the selection of steak and suggested how each should be cooked. Three quick decision later, we ordered three sirloins, two with Peppercorn and one with Bearnaise. To go with the three 400 gram steaks we had cream spinach, chips and veg, to drink three German Red Ales.
The steaks were cooked to perfection, plump, juicy and tender; the spinach was the highlight of the sides and finally the Ale topped it all off. Not a lick was left on the plates.
We paid the bill, perhaps a wee bit high, but we expected that and left feeling satisfied and full.
How did this compare with our Thursday night at Flat Iron?
Thursday night came about and we were at Flat Iron on Beak Street. We waited for 1:45mins for a table, not a problem, a few pints in the Sun and 13 Cantons and the time flew. We were with our friends Nile, Dave and Claire (Dave and Claire had recently gotten engaged) so in fine company.
If you’ve never been, Flat Iron provide little pots of popcorn on the house while you decide what you’re having, this doesn’t take long as the only thing on the menu is the steak! (Not technically true, but why would you go and have the special)
We all went with the steak, sides of spinach, chips, salad and roasted veg. The menu is simple, to the point and brilliant. The steaks arrived pre cut, with the sauce of your choice, the sides arrived in small, trendy tin dishes with enough in so you’re not feeling scammed. To drink Red Wine – keep it coming please!
Brilliant steak. Nothing more to say. They’re not a big as the sirloins in Gaucho, but pound for pound my honest opinion is your getting more for you money. I mean £10 for a steak, who can argue? All this is made even better by the novelty of eating with a mini cleaver. The sides were brilliantly filling and all in all an awesome experience.
So to conclude both great steak restaurants, but if you’re looking for a relaxed decent evening out… Flat Iron gets our vote.