Flesh & Buns Covent Garden

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Japanese
Flesh & Buns Covent Garden, 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.

Specials

Maki Monday

Choose from small platter of maki selection for £10 (5pcs of salmon avocado roll, 5pcs of miso avocado roll, 5pcs spicy tuna roll) or large platter of maki for £20 (10pcs of salmon avocado roll, 5pcs of prawn tempura roll, 5pcs of spicy tuna roll, 5pcs miso avocado roll, 6pcs of avocado roll).

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: August 1, 2019

Ends: November 30, 2019

Availability: Mon 12:00PM-3:00PM 5:00PM-10:00PM

What 2345 People Are Saying
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London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is absolutely delicious, this was my third time going and I would go back again and again. Really nice atmosphere also.

RP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We three friends went to Flesh & Buns for Sunday Brunch and added bottomless Prosecco to celebrate a special birthday. The food was amazing, our waitress explained what everything on the menu was and that it would be served as it was ready so that it was all freshly cooked. Our glasses were kept topped up with Prosecco and we were well looked after. As it was not extremely busy we were not hurried out and we felt very comfortable chatting over a herbal tea until we were ready to leave. I will certainly go back again.

T
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good, but quite small portions comparing to the price. I had the smallest ever orange juice glass... We sat literally squeezed in between other people at a long table. I understand space is scarce in London, but they could have left a bit more space in between plates...I didn’t particularly enjoy listening to everybody’s conversations and having to keep my elbows close to my body at all times due to the lack of space.

RS
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Myself and my partner chose this as we wanted some good Japanese food. Very good quality food and enjoyed the bao buns. The seating, on a bench, was interesting but we didn’t mind. Some minor pauses in service but often had our drinks topped up and staff were very polite. Would recommend.

LK
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is usually great, unfortunately this time the broccoli and the salmon were burnt, and the edamame we ordered didn't arrive with appetizers, and when we notified the staff they brought it while we were in the middle of our main dishes. Service is usually slow, but staff is always very friendly. Would come again:)

N
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Seating arrangements awful. Felt like we were eating squished on the central line during rush hour.
Ceviche had little to none fish.
Had to send piglet belly back as it has a awful smell and taste, made us both slightly queasy. Both of us being chefs understand not everyone may like every dish but it also means we understand when a dish is not quite right, and this wasn’t.

A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Good food but poor service. We went as a group of five for a nice meal out on a Friday and were extremely disappointed. Very rude staff and we constantly felt like we were being rushed out the door. Wouldn’t return and wouldn’t recommend.

H
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food! Much better than some
Of the high end, more expensive Asian restaurants I’ve been to.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was great and the service was really good ... will definitely go there again !

RK
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Really good food. Very sweet staff, although the pace is a bit slow.

SJ
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Really nice restaurant, good service, and the bill comes in at at a reasonable price.

We went on a Sunday night, and were quite late. Ended up being the last two in there, but didn't feel rushed.

We had 5 x dim sum, 1 bao to share, 2 desserts, 3 cocktails, and 2 ciders, and it came in at c.£120 with service charge.

The Kinako Donuts are worth going on their own.

SS
London
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Fun and upbeat.
Could be more generous with condiments and sauces.
Service fast, but cleared plates away too quickly.
Tables far too close to each other.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was very slow

DH
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place for good food without a stuffy setting.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was great, environment itself too, and we really enjoyed food. I would recommend this place.

AH
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Amazing food! It was quite crowded so it took us some time to get service

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, thank you!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Magnifica comida, excelente localización y magnifico servicio.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience3

Food was average, got some chewy fatty beef which was meant to be wagyu. The wings rescued the experience. Extremely noisy and they sat us at a long table with other people on each side right next to us. The noise level got so high we had to shout at each other over the table. Not ideal and wouldn’t go back. Maybe it’s better outside of evening times.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience - the waitress was lovely and provided excellent friendly service. Food was delish! Thanks everyone.

KB
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The buns are average.

HM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great atmosphere. Cocktails are delicious too!

LC
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food and service but the tables are too close together so you can't have a conversation without the tables next to you hearing.

RC
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food for avrage price. Great service and good portion sizes.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My new favourite restaurant!

WD
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good place, however you can feel slightly squashed with so many tables. However the the people that work there are very friendly.

MT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful experience

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

I took my client and her family before theatre for dinner
We let them know we need to leave at a certain time as soon as we stepped in but they couldn’t bring the dessert platter (The XL is huge btw) for a long time waiting for the fondant. They could have taken the liberty to follow up with it when it’s ready and bring the platter early - they just couldn’t even though I suggested not waiting for fondant. We had no time to eat desert but they charged us any way. Not nice.

CB
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience! The Korean fried chicken wings are just amazing.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I am up in London, my first stop is Flesh and Buns.
They never fail on service and the mouthwatering food.
I always have the Korean chicken wings and I am never disappointed.
The service is top class.

TK
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

One of the waitresses were very nice and helpful. She offered to walk us through the menu and was regularly making sure we are looked after. The rest of the staff looked like they were new starters, maybe a bit more training on fine dining could help. The food was rather disappointing. I love Japanese food, but the one served was very mediocre. Just to mention the ceviche and the salmon sashimi. 95% of the seafood ceviche was vegetables and the placement of the sashimi was ridiculous. Two poor slices were tucked in the corner of the plate and the majority of the plate was empty. It felt like we were given some leftovers. Unfortunately, only the prices were 4-5 star, the quality however was barely making it to 3. Don’t think we will go back

H
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

There should be options on table preferences when booking online. My booking was for an anniversary dinner and didn't realise that you will have to sit closely next to strangers on the same table which made it hard to hear my partner on the other side because the table is so wide wasn't that enjoyable.
Food and service was great.

JJ
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We arrived early, but they managed to accommodate us and gives a table straight away. Food was very good, and service quick enough considering they were packed. There's plenty of dishes in the menu for people who are not great fans of sushi (like myself)

SW
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Despite the food being exceptional it was a bit of a sad experience, really tried to inspire some friendliness in the staff with smiles and a bit of chat but nothing we could do would incite a smile. We were then rushed off the table for another party which felt odd considering we were a big table and had a hefty cheque by the time we paid up.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Quality of the food was terrible

JS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant, I wasn’t sure what to expect with the buns but they were amazing. The atmosphere was fantastic and the staff were great.
Amazing place definitely recommend:)

SK
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Food and service were fab

AJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent free-flowing brunch. It was great to eat food for brunch that wasn't your standard pancakes! Would return.

LP
Cyprus
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food! Excellent service too. However, gets quite crowded and since tables are quite near to each other its quite noisy.

CH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

lovely to start with a cocktail although the 2 did take a wee while. The food was great, and service was good also.