free steak

1 Dec

london 6.52am tuesday 2015 13.3C

still dark outside, sunrise is 7.43am.i am surprised it so late rising. sunset is 3.55pm.

yesterday i went to flatiron, for a free steak dinner. it is to commemorate the opening of a new branch in henrietta st in covent gdn.

i have heard of them, offering £10 steaks , the cheapest in town and getting high praise; now i got a chance to find out if it is any good. they open at 6pm, and the queue was formed at about 5pm, it was raining too, but not heavily.

later the queue was so long that they have to split it by moving us to the other side of the door. and they gave us mulled wine and popcorn while we wait. 

when it opened at 6pm, it took me half an hour to get in. (it pays to be amongst the first in the queue. i was number 21. )

if u opt for a seat at the bar, which also includes two small tables u can get in quicker, meant  for single diners. or a huge crowd which came after me. this group of friends took over the whole bar seating.

in this promotion, you get only one type of steak, and the steak is medium rare,(which i like) comes with green salad, and you can chose  a side dish. its a thin steak, though, so dont expect a thick slab of meat. 

there was choice of roast aubergines,(£3.50 normal price) (which i should have chosen, instead of the chips), a salad with blue cheese, or chips£2.50, and another choice which i forgot. there was a choice of sauce too, but i did not want any because i like my steak plain. 

the steak was very nice, and quite a nice portion size too, 10oz (about 280mg). they salted it too much i think, but then i noticed it because i did not smother it with sauce. 

there were no  salt or mustard or ketchup  on the table for u to add. oh, the waitress was nice enough to put a big carafe of water on the table without being asked, which was needed as the salt can make you thirsty.

not having mustard or ketchup on the table means those who just like those will not be able to have them. not everyone wants those fancy sauce they provide. i think u have to pay for that, not sure as i did not have the sauce. 

when i cook it(i favour rump steak) at home i dont add much salt, and i sear the steak on the outside, so it has a lovely barbecue smell, but of course u never get that done in restaurants. most health advise say dont do that as it can be cancerous, so they dont. but i do miss that lovely flavour, smell and taste of charred meat. i do it when i cook but then i so seldom eat steak so i can do it and not be worried about the health aspect.

the promotion is on today and tomorrow, wednesday, so u can have a go at it if u want.

its a rare treat to get a free steak. most times free food means a burger. 

here is what people are saying about it in the twitter feed.

added. 10.27pm 1.12.15 tuesday. i have written how i enjoy reading  wordpress bloggers but i have cause to find they are much more than that… they show me things i did not know. this restaurant called flatiron , the name i thought was just a name, maybe named after the flatiron building in new york, but i found out from this blog post from bunnyeats that it refers to a kind of steak. isn’t that interesting… 

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