I guess you could say that last Saturday was a pretty interesting day!
It started with a 3 hour long dentist appointment (long story) which involved 4 shots *spoiler – sadly not shots of alcohol* of local anaesthetic in my jaw and me finding myself trying to hum along to the radio while my mouth was wide open on more than one occasion. Not awkward AT ALL!
When I realised that I was doing it the first time, I was horrified! It was a sub conscious occurrence – the music was so damn catchy and the dentist and his assistant were humming along to the music every so often too, that it just happened. And then a short while later it happened again. This time I had a bit of a laugh at myself.
But not nearly as much as I laughed at myself when I tried to talk to the receptionist after my appointment. The operative word being *tried*. And then when Riaan came to pick me up he couldn’t stop laughing at me either.
I could post a video of it but, lol, you might just have nightmares. So I’ll just try explain instead. Picture Two Face from Batman…but with really puffy eyes and checks and a much skewer face oh and all my skin still intact. Yeah that was pretty much me. Gravity had all control over my mouth. It was so bad. I couldn’t speak properly, couldn’t chew or swallow or even smile!
So what’s the best thing to do when you look like something that little children would point at and say out loud “Mommy, what’s wrong with that ladies face?”… You go to the shops of course! I got Riaan to do my returns while I wandered through the shops, and when the shop assistant passed by and asked if I was looking for anything in specific I just mumbled at her and shook my head while gazing at the floor like some kind of recluse. Most awks shopping trip ever!
Anyway, thankfully by the time we went out for dinner I had regained full control of my mouth. Bring on the steak! And some pain killers because jeezy creezy my teeth are a bit sensitive!
Now for a little back story…
When we moved to London we were forced to try new restaurants (obvs), and I think we did pretty OK in the beginning but then we kinda fell into a bit of a Wetherspoons, pizza and Thai food rut when we were living in Putney/Barnes.
Then one day some friends of ours took us to a little place called Flat Iron and well, we had such a good time that it really got me interested in looking for new places to eat out.
I currently have a list of places to try out that is approx 50 strong, ranging from cereal bars, to afternoon tea, street eats and cocktail bars to full on fancy dinners.
But last Saturday we decided to go to Flat Iron again, just to one of the other branches. There are a handful scattered across the city.
I really love the vibe at Flat Iron, the decor includes lots of raw wood, exposed concrete and brick, soft warm lighting and plants (hanging from a sky light in the ceiling at the Shoreditch branch!). It is sooo cozy! Perfect for a dinner with friends!
One of my favourite things about Flat Iron is that you can’t book. It’s so good for people who like to decide on the day where they want to eat (like me!). You rock up and if you time it right you can go straight in but more often than not you’ll have to wait. You are welcome to wait at the bar with one of their delicious cocktails or give them your number and go for a wander, they will let you know when a table is available for you.
So let’s get on with the food shall we…
The menu is a simple and straightforward no frills affair which is fantastic for the indecisives out there (not mentioning any names *winking face*).
Wasting no time at all we ordered our mains straight away and got started with cocktails, I went for a Makrut Lime Caparinah and Riaan had the Blood Orange Old Fashioned.
The caparinha was delicious and refreshing, not too sweet and not too sour. The old fashioned was tasty, smooth and easy to drink, although, I preferred my caparinha (that was predictable).
Our mains arrived within about 10 minutes from the time placed the order. Wow! 2 Flat Iron Steaks cooked to perfection, medium rare with chips for Riaan and medium with creamed spinach for me. TBH we always knew we’d be sharing those sides, it’s virtually impossible to not steal a chip off of someone else’s plate if you don’t have any chips of your own!
Oooooh and let’s not forget the sauces, I went for a pepper sauce because it pairs so well with both spinach and steak, and Riaan got Frank’s secret sauce, a little bit spicy, tomatoey, roast-red-peppery but also a tiny bit sweet sauce. It was all just soooo tasty.
After our mains had been devoured and the cocktails we almost done our server came past and offered us dessert, the catch… There is no dessert menu, you get whatever it is they are serving. So I asked what the dessert was…. Salted caramel mousse…. I couldn’t say yes please fast enough!
I am all for chocolate mousse, but I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to try something new even though I usually avoid caramel because OMG it’s SO sweet!
The mousse was served in cute little enamel mugs and you could add your salt to taste. A very airy and light mousse that was not too sweet and not too salty. The perfect end to a delicious meal!
Free dessert!!! Yes you read that correctly, dessert is on the house!
Affordable and good value for money.
I know I just listed value for money but thought I’d just add that none of the cocktails cost more that £7!
Delicious food and cocktails.
(For me these are not cons at all but I have read quite a few reviews where people complain about these things so I’ll just list the most common ones here)
You can’t book a table — like I said, this is one of the things I like because I am all about the spontaneousness.
Waiting times can get long – it’s a popular restaurant, at least you know your food will be fresh! We only had to wait about 25 minutes, which also happens to be the perfect amount of time to walk to a bar and have a glass of wine. Or you can just wait at flat irons bar and have one of their delicious cocktails or a craft beer.
Limited choice for food – well, it is a steak restaurant so yeah, isn’t that what you came here for?
Dining areas can be a little ‘cosy’ – as long as I have a table for myself I’m happy, there will never be a more cozy situation than the time we were seated at the same 4 seater table as a random couple at a restaurant in Paris. Thank god for second languages, so we could at least have private conversations!!
After dinner we went off in search of cocktails, sometimes one just isn’t enough!