Flesh & Buns

4.5
1864 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
Flesh & Buns, from the team behind Bone Daddies and Shackfuyu, is located within the bustling Seven Dials area in Covent Garden. Inspired by Japanese izakayas, roughly translated as a pub or place designed for informal eating and drinking, Flesh & Buns is the first restaurant in London to specialise in gua bao buns (DIY filled steamed buns).
Below street-level, the restaurant has a bar area offering bar dining for up to 10 people, serving a variety of sake brands and a diverse range of cocktails including the signature Frozen Yuzu Margarita, alongside the restaurant’s varied sharing food menu. Draped fabric ‘noren’ screen curtains surround intimate dining booths and transport diners to an authentic Japanese drinking den experience – bookable and ideal for groups of friends or colleagues meeting for lunch, dinner or Flesh & Buns’ ever-popular Sunday Brunch.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of operation
Monday - Tuesday: 12pm - 3pm / 5pm - 10pm

Wednesday - Friday: 12pm - 3pm / 5pm - 11pm

Saturday: 12pm - 11pm

Sunday & Bank Holidays: 12pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
020 7632 9500
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joe McCafferty
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
The nearest car park is the NCP on Parker Mews, which is approximately 5-6 minutes' walk from the restaurant.
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Public transit
Nearest tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line), Leicester Square (Piccadilly & Northern lines) or Holborn (Piccadilly & Central lines)
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

Express Lunch & Pre Theatre Menu: £22/£24

From a set menu. Must be ordered by the whole table.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: September 17, 2018

Ends: October 14, 2018

Availability: Daily 12:00PM-6:45PM 10:00PM-10:45PM

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R
Edinburgh
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food - would recommend

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ET
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed our visit but service was sometimes hard to attract (the restaurant was not that full yet). However once we ordered service was efficient, polite and attentive. Food was good but we felt it was a touch pricey.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food with a really diverse menu. We had the tasting menu which gives a generous selection of foods to try and everything we had was delicious. Friendly and fast service. Will definitely visit again!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Ordered the set menu which was great value for money. The food was very good although the duck leg was slightly dry. The salmon was great. However, I really didn't like the table seating option. I thought I booked a seperate table however we were placed on a table. Although we were on the end, I would have felt claustrophobic if it was in the central part, and for the price of the food, this is something that would have let down the evening. We were sitting shoulder to shoulder to the other people next to us which was slightly uncomfortable. Other than that, the service was efficient and the sundae was fantastic.

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D
Newcastle
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Something for everyone. Very tasty menu and food. Easy.

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MA
London
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy coming to this restaurant. The food is good and they are nice with children and groups. The interactive food keeps everyone occupied throughout the dinner.

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P
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Second visit to this restaurant and was quite a let down this time. The food was distinctly average. For example the duck leg was so overdone and dry it was difficult to eat - resorted to dipping it in some leftover soy sauce to overcome the dryness. The service was robotic and impersonal - when one of our dishes were wrong and we pointed this out, the waiter acted as if we had inconvenienced him.

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RD
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious Japanese food! The chicken wings we had at the start were amazing!
Would also recommend the beef rice - was loved by our whole party, even my dad who is a rice hater.
Will definitely be back.

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AM
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is really good here, we tried quite a few things and all of them were excellent. It does feel a bit crammed in and rushed though, feels like they overbook a bit.

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NR
London
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Super delicious food, loads of options, beautiful presentation, great vibes

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M
Stuttgart Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great vibe and wonderfully presented, delicious food. Buns and crispy duck leg were excellent, so was the sashimi and, for dessert, fondant cake with matcha ice.

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JE
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service and incredible food. Staff can't do enough for you!

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Loved this restaurant just wished I could of made my booking a bit earlier as time flew with friends as out booking was at 9pm. The waitress was so helpful and staff were always on hand to serve the table.

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, great food, great atmosphere. Definitely going back next time in London!

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IG
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went here pre-theatre, and as such ate from the pre-theatre menu which is exceptionally good value for money, albeit a little limited in choice. The staff were friendly and took the time to explain the basics of the menu, and the food came out relatively quickly.
The basic principle is that you buy the 'flesh' portion of the meal, which you then put in the 'buns', and as a concept is quite interesting. For me the duck was a little dry, but my wife had the piglet belly which was extremely nice. The Korean chicken wings also come highly recommended.

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NM
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food, mixed to poor service, recommend the tasting menu. Ok value for money

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N
London
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the food, great quality, nice atmosphere and very good service too.

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T
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I dined on a weekday evening it was a buzzing atmosphere and I was seated on a stall where multiple p[eoiple dine on the same long big table. I found it strange my friend had to sit opposite me instead of next to me. We found ourselves shouting over the table and unable to have a conversation without hearing everyone elses (obviously everyone had to hear us talking loudly too over a dinner with is strange).
The couple opposite us agreed to sitting next to each other so we could be seated next to each other instead of opposite but they were then seated elsewhere on a normal chair and table even though I arrived first.
The bao was large portions, I got the chicken and it really lacked flavour, just a charcoal taste. No sauce with it either... strange.

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I
London
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food and ambiance are great, but their very few ‘vegan’ options are cooked in the same oil as the meat. They should provide more and better for vegans. A waitress lied and told me the buns were vegan, and I later discovered they contained egg. So annoying.

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WB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Poor service, some of the food was cold and felt like we were treated with less care because we chose the tasting menu. Didn’t get finger bowls and towels with Korean wings yet the table next to us did.

Worst of all we were asked to make the table available after 90 minutes, however we were not told when booking or when we sat down that this was the case. Again, the table next to us who sat down at the same time did not have to vacate.

Wouldnt recommend despite some nice food.

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, it was all delicious and recommend this restaurant to anyone. The service was friendly and the atomsphere was cool!

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h
Kent
55 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Flesh & Buns in Covent Garden, a great place to go for atmosphere, a bit of a buzz (but not too intrusive), really great sashimi, rolls and buns - the flesh choices we made, duck and pork with curry sauce, were very good, too. Asahi beer and Picpoul white wine are easy options. The ginger and lime tea is fantastic!

Our only grumble was that one person's main meal came a good five minutes before the other so we weren't eating together for long! We had a apology but it's a service blip which needs addressing!

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food! Especially the Korean wings. Really helpful staff too who explained all the menu to us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Paying to make your own Buns comes in an expensive way

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SW
Essex
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fun, delicious food and good range of sake and whisky!

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RL
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, service was great, and the drink list was fab. Highly recommended and can't wait to go back again!

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great ambience, great service. Enjoyed our lunch which was cooked to perfection and was filling. Will definitely return again and recommend to all.

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RP
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very average but good, quick service. Though did find it irritating when they would come to table and ask you to pass down the finished dishes (long table) during the meal.

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S
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good in general, but the Korean Fried Chicken were a bit salty. Enjoyable night out.

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PB
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. I have been many times before but on this occasion it was exceptional service. Can not wait to book again.

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C
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Flesh and Buns is in a great location, is a place you want to like, but somehow slightly misfires in service and ambience, which distracts from the whole. In terms of atmosphere, It is not a place for intimacy (too much hustle and bustle and tightly placed tables), with a sense of wanting to turn tables quickly rather than offer a pleasant dinner. Service seemed distracted; you know the type, the waiter greets you when you sit, says he's going to be right back for a drinks order, than disappears for 20 mins. Food, once orderd, came quickly and was very good, with fresh ingredients, nice presentation, and delicious flavors. But again, service failed us, with the server not coming back to ask or notice that we needed another drink or if we wanted to order more.

Would we go back again? Yes, but for the food more than the ambiance. Overall, a good place, but it could shine if it just stepped up a bit and aspired to be more than just a midrange tourist spot. London is full of the latter, why not try to rise just a little bit above the crowd?

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SM
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and the brunch choice and vaule is good, however they always serve warm proeccco as the brunch goes on which they say they got out of ice but doesn’t mean it’s been in there long enough to actually get cold!! The waitress was pretty annoying about that.

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C
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After wanting to try this restaurant for a while now I can safely say it didn't disappoint!

The food was amazing, sushi some of the nicest I've had and the theatre of the desserts was spot on! I will definitely be back and carry on recommending to my friends and family!

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PS
London
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Difficult to find fault, amazing Wagyu steak, like nothing I’ve tasted before, service friendly & not overbearing, didn’t have to wait long for food, expansive drinks menu, very cool seating plan & ambience. Can’t wait to go again

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a
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

exceptional food, we chose the tasting menu which was perfect for our small group (7) mixed ages mixed veggies and meat eaters, good fun for all :-)

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant has been re-done in the last year to accommodate for more tables so it did feel as though we were sitting with other people rather than at our own table. The food was delicious though and it wouldn’t put us off going back.

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N
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Despicable service!!! The staff treat diners like they are cattle to be herded in and herded out promptly in 2hours table turnaround times. Staff are rude and intrusive. From the moment we were seated we were told that we have the table for 2 hours only, we were hurried at every moment to get orders through, plates being cleared before all of us finished eating, and no way of being able to take a doggy bag hone if left over food- the policy at Flesh and Buns is to throw away your paid for meal if you are unable to finish it then and there. Will not recommend this place until they stop good wastage policy and get more polite staff!!!

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SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hugely impressed by the food, the ambience, and the service. The Teriyaki Salmon and Shichimi Fried Chicken were absolutely superb. Will definitely be going back.

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EB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great night out with my friend and our daughters pre- theatre. Delicious food and excellent service. Really interesting food- special and different to usual food. Particularly the s’mores! A first for us! Loved the fire 🔥 pit on the table! Such fun!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

No coffee available. My friend also asked to take her leftover food away as we needed to leave and were told they don't do takeaway, no foil even! We were told we can take it away if we've brought our own tuppaware?! How can any establishment nowadays not have the facility to let you takeaway.

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