We’ve had London brands like Gail’s, Soho House and MNKY HSE making the move up north but adding to the list is a steakhouse that surprisingly won’t break the bank. One of London’s budget-friendly restaurants known for serving up steaks for just £13 each, Flat Iron, has set its sights on Manchester with the hope of opening a spot on Deansgate.
Flat Iron recently submitted a licensing application for a unit located at 200-204 Deansgate, which was previously occupied by outdoors shop Blacks. The restaurant has made a request to Manchester City Council for a 1am licence for live and recorded music, for sale of alcohol and for a closing time of 1.30am. Though not approved yet, the consultation for the licence goes on until mid-May.
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If successful with its application, Flat Iron would be taking on the likes of Deansgate steak restaurant Hawksmoor as well as Fazenda and Gaucho located just off the main Manchester road in the battle of the best steak that side of the city (some of which have their own steak deals). Founded by Charlie Carroll in 2012, Flat Iron aims to make “remarkable steak available to everyone”, with affordable prices.
First opening in Shoreditch, Flat Iron has grown at a rapid pace and now has 12 branches in the capital stretching from Westfield London to Waterloo. Should plans go ahead, the Manchester branch would be the first restaurant for Flat Iron in the north of England.
The clue is in the name but Flat Iron serves up succulent flat iron steak, despite it being less tender than the likes of ribeyes or fillets this cut is cheaper but still full of flavour. A flat iron steak is priced at just £13, with sides including homemade beef dripping chips and crispy bone marrow and garlic mash costing £4.
Other sides at Flat Iron to accompany its signature steak include creamed spinach, green salad, truffled macaroni cheese and roast aubergine with tomato, basil and mozzarella. Other steaks like sirloins or Scottish bavette also appear as specials on the menu, as does the Flat Iron burger.
And what’s a steak without a sauce? Guests can select from classic sauces like Bearnaise and peppercorn as well as wild mushroom or a homemade smoked chilli mayonnaise. All can be washed down with Flat Iron’s selection of wines, beers and cocktails and finished with soft serve ice cream.
An opening date for the Manchester branch is yet to be announced but keep your eyes peeled for updates.