Res­tau­ra­teur brings ‘great value’ flat iron steaks to city

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY STAFF RE­PORTER

A NEW steak res­tau­rant is open­ing at Belfast’s St Anne’s Square, cre­at­ing 20 new jobs after an in­vest­ment of £100,000.

Top Blade Steak­house, a 46-seater venue, will be housed in the unit for­merly oc­cu­pied by Chopin and will spe­cialise in flat iron steaks for be­tween £10 and £15 each.

It’s be­ing opened by 22-year-old Zara Pe­den, who said she wants to of­fer a cheaper al­ter­na­tive in the city for steak lovers.

“Having vis­ited flat iron steak restau­rants in Soho, I knew I wanted to bring this con­cept to Belfast,” she said.

“North­ern Ire­land has a long stand­ing love for steak, but from my re­search, the price point can often act as a bar­rier.

“Peo­ple to­day de­sire qual­ity, tasty food, that is great value for money and that is ex­actly what we of­fer. I don’t be­lieve peo­ple should pay ex­tra to sat­isfy their steak crav­ing.

“We have teamed up with Carn­brooke Meats in Dro­mara to en­sure our guests have the best steak pos­si­ble without pay­ing a pre­mium. I am con­fi­dent the peo­ple of North­ern Ire­land and beyond will love what we have to of­fer.”

As well as steak, Top Blade, which will open daily, will serve ve­gan dishes in­clud­ing sei­tan steak and of­fer a cock­tail and spirit drinks menu.

Ms Pe­den added: “Belfast has ex­pe­ri­enced a re­nais­sance of its food scene re­cently and I knew I wanted Top Blade to join the bustling hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor in the city.

“St Anne’s Square pre­sented the per­fect lo­ca­tion for my new res­tau­rant. I am ex­cited to join the im­pres­sive ros­ter of eater­ies in this won­der­ful de­vel­op­ment.

“I be­lieve each res­tau­rant in the square has some­thing unique to of­fer and it is vi­tal to give con­sumers a plethora of op­tions.”

Flat iron steak is also known as but­lers’ steak, or oys­ter blade steak. It is cut with the grain from the shoul­der of the an­i­mal and al­lows hos­pi­tal­ity venues to sell steak at a lower price.

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