Flesh & Buns

4.4
1774 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
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  • Good for a Date
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: July 9, 2018

Ends: September 5, 2018

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

Reviews from verified diners
1,774 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
59%
Very Good
29%
Good
8%
Fair
3%
Poor
1%
4.6
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TG
5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food, service and drink was all fantastic 10/10.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Had a fab day for my dad’s bday lunch. Perfect timing, great service and phenomenal food as always. We took advantage of the express pre theatre menu which was great value for money. Lovely, friendly and attentive staff who organised a birthday surprise dessert at our request. Would definitely recommend!

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OT
1.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was delicious. But a couple came into the restaurant and changed their baby’s nappy on the table next to us. This was a busy Friday evening and we were there for a special occasion. The reaction from the manager was pathetic and considering the expensive food, this absolutely destroyed our experience.

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LH
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Simply stunning- food,service,location. Can’t wait to come back

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SJ
4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

The servers were very good, very attentive and the food was amazing

The negative was that I really felt rushed, the food came out way too fast and I had my food before we had our drinks . We both had the tastings menu, the experience lasted about an hour. I also found it a bit too loud

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OT
3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Food was amazing, decor was cool and staff was professional. But the food came out in a very strange way. Some us got served right away but others did not get food for 15-20 minuets. Made for an awkward evening.

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KF
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

we enjoyed the tasting menu. was great experience and very kind service.

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DD
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

A delightful gem, excellent food and service was fantastic! We opted for the pre theatre menu which was great value and big portions! Great spot close to Palace Theatre, throughly reccommended.

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TS
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Loved everything about it. :) The food is amazing...

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I
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Amazing food and service.
Highly recommended!!!!!!

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NC
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Great food and fairly affordable however I felt rushed. The waitress kept asking us to order when we arrived, and then kicked us out after 1.5hrs. Wasn’t too happy about this especially because we had a bottle of wine to finish. Can’t knock the food though, I’d come back again just for that

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SW
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Lovely food and atmosphere. Service was friendly and attentive

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S
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Amazing food and great service! Look forward to going again!

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FJ
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

the Korean Chicken Wings are by far the best chicken wings I have ever had. Piglet Belly also very good.

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CK
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Went here with my partner and we absolutely loved it! Great food, lush drinks, fantastic service. We'll be back!

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TP
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Lovely ambience and very friendly staff. We had the express lunch menu with additions from the main menu. Food was incredibly tasty and large portions. Can't wait to come back!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great and attentive service!!

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MC
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

The wagyu beef and pork belly were superb, started with soft shell crab and Kale and Avo salad. Very tasty meal indeed!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

It was my first time at Flesh and buns and I thought the food was both unique and delicious. We tried the fried squid, spicy tuna roll, salmon and avocado roll, edamame, salmon teriyaki bun, and the bone daddies sundae to finish - we ordered quite a bit. Everything was presented stunningly and tasted great, definitely going back a second time soon!

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t
4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

This is a great restaurant with interesting food, good service and not over-the-top on price. We'll definitely be returning

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YK
3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Reservation was very easy. Unfortunately we didn‘t had a proper table for a birthday dinner. The music was too loud. And it wasn‘t mentinoned anywhere that the table was available only for 2 hours, so we couldn‘t even have a dessert. No go.
The dishes were excellent.

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f
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

As alway, food was great and service was too - very accommodating and gave me a lower / separate table as I was less mobile (9 months pregnant)

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OT
2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Not many vegetarian options to begin with but running out of the Aubrigine bao is pretty annoying.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Great for a group as the sharing style makes it easy to try loads of things. Good ambience.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

We had the early evening Express menu, £22 for 2.courses or £25 for 3. Everything was delicious. We had sticky chicken wings, buns with duck and pork belly and doughnuts. All yummy.

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SC
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

staff in flesh and buns are all super friendly and the food is great too! Great express menu or share a few small plates.

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M
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Went with kids for pre-theatre meal. They loved putting together the flesh and buns and adored cooking their own s’mores. Really friendly and very efficient service. Thank you

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D
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

As always, delicious food and great service. Buzzy but intimate atmosphere for a late-night date.

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MS
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Overall, I really enjoyed Flesh and Buns and would recommend to others. The food itself and ambience of the restaurant were both exceptional - something really different to the usual London scene! The only downside was the service: I understand that there would be a high turnover of customers on a Friday evening, but considering we had bought a lot of plates as well as drinks, we felt unreasonably rushed by staff to have our plates immediately cleared away and leave. When the bill was then (hurriedly) presented to us, and there was a significant service charge already added, we then didn't feel that we particularly wanted to pay this extra cost for pretty mediocre service. To make matters worse, our waitress was then quite rude about our decision that we didn't want to pay it! Regardless, I would still say that the food and ambience make this place worth a visit - perhaps at a less busy time of the week...

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OT
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Fantastic as always

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FB
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Absolutely fantastic food. Loved the bao buns!! And the belly pork was the best.

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LQ
4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We very much enjoyed our dinner at Flesh and Buns, eaten before going to the Donmar Warehouse which is basically just upstairs, so very convenient. The service is also quick and excellent, making this a great choice for a quick but delicious meal. The Portobello Mushrooms were very good as were the Aubergines. The Wagyu steak was to die for and the duck leg was also very good. We will be back to this neighbourhood gem, but bring your glasses to read the menu as it's a bit dark in there!

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F
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

This was a suggestion from a friend and it definitely did not disappoint. We had the express menu and could barely fit in the dessert. Great food and generous portion sizes. Would recommend to anyone who finds themselves in London.

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AI
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Went to Flesh & Buns for brunch last week and had a brilliant time. Great service, amazing variety and flavours on the brunch menu and ate so much good food! Loved it.

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Z
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Amazing food, never stingy with the prosecco, lively atmosphere and brilliant value. It's the 4th time I've visited for the bottomless brunch! I'm a big fan.

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RK
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Good food, but didn’t get to try much from
The menu on this occasion. Will make another trip. :)

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N
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

My 15-year old son went with a school friend for a dose of independence. They absolutely loved the place. The atmosphere is funky and buzzy, and the food simply excellent. A combination of comfort eating and adventure. Special mention goes to the chicken wings, of dinosaur proportions, with a special sticky spicy sauce that is unequalled anywhere else.

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MA
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Everything about the restaurant was great. The only thing I was disappointed by was the fact that when I asked the waiter to bring an extra piece of chicken wings, by bringing us smaller pieces overall since we were 4 people and there were only 3 pieces, she adamantly said no without even asking the kitchen. When I asked here if she would please ask the chef and get back to me, she said she cannot as she knows they will say no which was quite disappointing.

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O
2.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Would be good for a group if you had a table to yourself but as a couple the communal dining means you're sat opposite and far away from each other and very close to the people next to you. Ruined the experience, otherwise really good food.

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F
3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Really good food! Very poor customer service. They can improve on their customer service.

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