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Flesh & Buns

4.4
1726 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
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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
What 1726 People Are Saying
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4.5
food
4.0
service
4.2
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3.9
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Overall ok, but they need to have some flexibility on the drinks. It wasn’t great for the pregnant person in our party who was told that she could only have a soft drink like coke or lemonade in place of the welcome cocktail and wine or prosecco, surely a non alcoholic cocktail to replace the Bellini or Bloody Mary wouldn’t be too much to ask! Also some food came out slowly (chicken yakitori took about half an hour) so we ended up a bit rushed from the table.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Met up with two friends for casual dining. Great buzzy atmosphere and the food was well suited for social eating. This place also has strong dessert game: the matcha tiramisu and donuts with black sugar custard were particularly good. The s’mores were perhaps more fun than they were tasty. But overall great night out!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fun, great cocktails, tasty buns!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

S’mores desert was a good experience. Good food. Only thing was the waitress dropped the bill on our table and said they needed the table back-felt very rush!

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Great value and quality pre Theatre menu. Will try full menu next time

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

One of my favourite restaurants in London. The food is always exceptional.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great restaurant. The taster menu was fantastic and the cocktails went down far to easily . Would recommend to everyone .

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food was superb, disappointed that my request for a birthday surprise for my wife wasn't acknowledged but this didn't distract from the great food.

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1.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The service really let this place down. Apart from one friendly waitress the staff were disinterested, unfriendly and even rude. The food was good but overshadowed by the experience.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Great pre-theater meal. We had chosen to be seated at the bar rather than at the shared tables and loved every dish from the tuna tataki, to the crispy pork with the buns, the miso aubergine and soft shell crab. Every bite was delightful and perfect place for sharing dishes.
Would definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The food and atmosphere were amazing. Not quite what I expected. The smoke/fire alarm went off halfway through our meal but the staff were attentive and explained to all the guests that it was no issue.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

This spot was very tasty! Staff were very attentive. We had a mixture of small plates, I highly recommend the butterfish tataki 😊

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

My favorite place in London!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

It was recommended by friends who live in London and we were not disappointed! Great food & friendly service! Will go again for sure!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We tend to come here once a month, a great Sunday brunch.

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We were served completely raw chicken, when we pointed it out no apology until we finally managed to flag down a waitress again. No discount removed from our bill, when we disputed this and after very long negotiations they took £4 off. An absolute joke. Terrible terrible service.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Anniversary brunch was amazing! Expensive but endless food and fizz and the quality of the food was outstanding. I will I absolutely go again!

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Service was great and had great atmosphere. The staff were friendly and helpful.
However, I felt the food was not as good as it used to be.
It’s not really worth the value so I won’t be returning.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Second time I’ve come here, was a really great experience and worth the cost!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Wonderful, interactive style food. Great for ordering a bunch of plates and sharing or doing your own thing. We went for my mums birthday, staff were really attentive and easy to catch someones eye to get extra food or drinks ordered. Make sure you order the smores for dessert...

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

It's a fashionable Japanese style

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1.0Dined on April 20, 2018

This was recommended to us but the service from the moment we walked in was terrible. It felt like we were an inconvenience and were interrupting the staff having a good time amongst themselves. Don’t Bother - there are plenty of great restaurants around!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Took my family here for a birthday and they loved it. Pork with the bun was perfectly cooked. Squid was excellent too but above all for me it was probably the best crime brûlée (pear) I’ve ever had. My daughter loved the Lychee martini cocktail.
Attentive staff who genuinely seem happy, content and knowledgeable.
Top marks from me !

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

All was great. Food, ambiance, staff.. Thank you for everything!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Good food with varying service. We felt rushed as our table was booked at 9:30 pm, so we ended up being kicked out at one point. Like the restaurant, but I don’t like being feeling rushed.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Disappointed to find Wagamama style seating, we were on a long table with other diners. To be fair, there are more private tables available.
Had a fabulous time in the end, food arrived fast, and was super fresh, and rather good too (we had the tasting menu). It was a very busy Saturday night, and so the speed, and the quality of the food and service was all the more impressive.
Staff were great.
I can certainly see us going back again at some point.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Attentive service on a Saturday Night, we had the tasting menu, loved the chicken, squid and broccoli. The duck and pork buns were fab too and the Theatre of the S’mores was entertaining. Tried some hot and cold sake from their extensive list. Front of House also looked after my suitcase while we ate, loved it!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Not exactly cheap, and I did find that we were being rushed out of the restaurant quite quickly, but that only meant that the food came quickly. The food itself was incredible. Had a really good time here and would definitely come back again.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Second time here and enjoyed the food as much as the first time - over-ordered though and they don't have anything to take food home in! Soft shell crab and Korean wings amazing as well as the pork belly buns.

Our only gripe was that when our table changed from 4 to 3 people, they stuck one of our party on the end of a high table so he was sitting in the gangway with his back almost touching the back of another diner at the bar, with staff trying to get past. When we asked if we could be moved (also pregnant lady in the party found the high stools a bit uncomfortable) it was just a 'no' in a response rather than a 'I'll see what I can do'. I get that it is busy but don't cram diners in! We would have rathered a later, more comfortable table suitable for 3.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We visited with a friend for casual dinner and we didn’t regret it. The food was great and service as well.!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Food was outstanding - Best Japanese food I've had

Service was extremely fast, if anything too fast after you finished a meal

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Ma fille et moi avions réservé un mois auparavant. Ce lieu est magique. Nous avons choisi le menu dégustation, tout était parfait : visuel, goût, service. L'ambiance est décontractée et chaleureuse. Lumière tamisée et musique douce. Je recommande sans réserve. Christian Le Bars.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food and attentive service without feeling intrusive. Will recommend to everyone.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great food but service was a bit of a let down as we waited to order desert then were told that we must get the bill as allocated 2 hour time was up!!!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food was nice but very pricey and not a massive selection. Do not go there hungry!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent fast service and great well priced food

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

absolutely amazing food!!! would 100% recommend, also very good service and lovely staff. would definitely recommend the pork belly with the buns, and the smores, incredible!!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The tasting menu is absolutely incredible. So many good delights on it. Just note at the time of this review it's listed as £35 a head when it's actually £40. Worth it for the experience though.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

An absolute delight. For all the restaurants attempting or claiming to do novel things with one or more cuisines, its relatively rare to find someone who is not only doing so but nailing it. Their signature 'flesh' dishes (which include fish and vegetarian options) come with the fluffiest, most delightfully pillowy buns, and are not to be missed. The only problem is that their selection of small dishes is also irresistible, and unless you can get together a group and share tapas-style it's not feasible to try all of the things you will want in one visit. My partner and I made a good effort, by sharing one 'flesh' dish and a number of smaller plates, and are now preparing to go back for the ones we missed.
Also, try the cocktails. They are delicious.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food was excellent!! And the serving staff were very attentive, it’s juat a shame the host was not particularly friendly to begin with.

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