Flesh & Buns Fitzrovia

4.5
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406 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
Flesh & Buns was the first restaurant in London dedicated to steamed bao and Japanese drinking food. Expect fluffy steamed buns with gutsy fillings, plus loads more plates to share. This is unusual, yet addictive, Japanese-inspired food served in a Izakaya setting.

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Sun 3:00PM - 9:30PM
Mon - Tue 12:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Thu 12:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM
Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:30PM - 11:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

What 406 People Are Saying
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IB
London
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing pokes for lunch

D
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I think it was very expensive for what we got.
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Enjoyable, food decently prepared however a bit overpriced for what it was.

N
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Korean chicken wings are by far the best thing on the menu. The food and drinks are all of a high standard. The burgers were nice too but got cold very quickly. Service could be spread out between courses, to give customers time to digest their food.

Would come back again.

BM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience1

The food was great- so maybe I would recommend a friend to go at lunch? But on a Saturday evening the music was unbearably loud club music. Even though we’d booked beforehand we were taken past lots of empty tables of two and then sat on a bar overlooking the kitchen by the kitchen entrance. It was really distracting with waiters flapping through the door every 2 minutes. Our drinks were late and we weren’t given plates/ cutlery/ soy sauce until after our food arrived and we flagged a waiter down to ask for them. Maybe a good place to go in a big group of friends if you’re out drinking but wouldn’t recommend otherwise.

SW
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and ambience and our meals came ready in a timely manner. The overall selection of food was great. Although we couldn’t enjoy the salmon buns because the waitress said it would take too long to prepare and we had to give up the table in 30mins. We weren’t told at booking that our table was only reserved for 2 hours so that was disappointing especially as they called in advance to confirm our reservation but didn’t warn us that we are on a timer. Not great but overall a lovely evening and I would go back.

KL
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Second time I’ve visited Flesh & Buns and it was fab. The brunch is great value when compared to other Shoddy places (Aka Ping Pong), staff were great and the food fantastic. It won’t be long till I’m back!

S
London
35 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very busy evening, we were sat at the bar. The food was ok, a bit on the salty side. Mediocre.

FT
London
28 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I’ve been wanting to try this restaurant for a while now and it didn’t disappoint; beautiful food, great ambiance and love the Pisco Sours button on the table!

Y
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food and service was very good
However, we did not enjoy the aubergine option

AB
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food, very nice atmosphere.

HC
London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was incredible food.
I didn’t like the tables facing the kitchen because you were sitting side by aide with other guests. The waiters were friendly but they should know more about the drinks menu

NS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Nice setting, good service, terrible food. skip it.

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was good. I’ve been here quite a few times and the food wasn’t as good as normal. The piglet skin was tough and not at all crispy. The buns must have been steamed for ages as they were all dried out and stuck to the steamer. The wings as always were phenomenal and the drinks were good. Not consistent to previous visits

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very poor service.

N
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of my favorite spots in the area (if you happen to like that type of food). Don't forget that they also serve some mouthwatering sushi, too. And unlike it's Covent Garden counterpart, this location is above ground. Enjoy and do pass by if you happen to be in the area.

TC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Differentiated and delicious food. All dishes have a very special flavor.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Very unfriendly staff

LH
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and our waitress was really helpful! The food was really fresh and so tasty. A little bit pricey but great for a special occasion. Will be saving up to come back again... the Yuzu Margarita was amazing!

M
London
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I honestly had the worst service. Whilst I appreciate its a busy time of year if I’m spending money on a meal out I would expect a certain level of satisfactory service. We were firstly placed on a table too small for us. Half the starters were forgotten and the mains were brought out before all starters had arrived. No pisco sour trolley service. The mains came out cold.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Maybe we booked too early for brunch but it was practically empty when we arrived so not much atmosphere. However it was filling up by the time we left. Food was delicious and we liked the pisco sours.

L
Houston
60 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

This restaurant is NOT for anyone with Gluten or Dairy allergies! The chef can not modify anything on the menu at all so beware before bringing anyone or recommending to anyone with allergies! We thought since they have fish on the menu and meat this could be cooked without sauces for us but this was not the case. All dishes are premarinated in sauces that are not GF. Too bad. Food is delicious for those who do not have any allergies.

A
Kent
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled miso aubergine is absolutely ridiculous. I have no idea what they did to it to get that texture but it's bonkers good. Like, properly amazing. I could eat it everyday for the rest of my life.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

I’ve been to this restaurant twice now - the host on both occasions is unhelpful.

On the most recent visit, we were sat for 35 minutes before getting acknowledged and served (and that was only because we had to flag a waiter down)

The food redeems - it’s really great

C
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great food and excellent service, with the help of a very friendly waitress we ordered, among other things some off menu basic sushi roles for our nippers. all very happy.

OT
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food!!!

LG
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in London. Food is always spectacular and the service is great, very welcoming and great ambiance.

SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience3

The food and concept is good but the service at the end was shocking and unnecessarily rude to get us to leave. Probably the worst dismissal I've ever experienced in a restaurant.

W
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was great will go again, tasty food although pricey

AS
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

All good, slightly under staffed and drinks order was wrong a couple of times. Food great!

KP
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great food and perfect for sharing with a group, however we were given the wrong plates a few times and I had to wait for my main as it was given to the wrong table in the restaurant.

P
London
19 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We tried the tasting menu which was great, although service could have been slicker. Pisco sours are amazing.

j
London
15 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The flesh was luscious and the buns were smooth and firm. We'll worth a visit.

J
London
12 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We were a part of 4 having regular catch up and had previously enjoyed an amazing night at the Covent Garden branch of Flesh & Bun. So we were eagerly anticipating our visit and the new Fitrovia branch. On arrival we were promptly seated near the window and our server came over the introduce herself and she was great.
The ambience was very casual and it was nicely done out however it didn't feel quite a special and the Covent Garden branch. We ordered some starters and drinks. Which arrived promptly, however a different server dropped the cokes all over the table we tried to help and it wasn't on purpose but it wasn't a good start , and the drinks went into some of the starters. But only part of this was replaced. We didn't mention it as we'd already eaten half of it.

We also had to repeatedly ask for our jasmine tea to be refilled and often this was forgotten about. we ordered the duck to go with the buns , many other tables ordered this and had there duck served and separated however ours was simply placed on the table and we were left to our own devices.

When we placed our order another server too this and well said he would remember the order we thought this was impressive but did think this was too good to be true. as we had our main dishes and starters but they left out too of the sushi roll dishes. We subsequently had to ask for this and when they arrive it was wrong.

I think because we didn't have one dedicated server this lead to poor communication and felt like we were being really looked after or personable. We had to complain and didn't pay the service charge.

B
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. It is a lovely place for friends to catch up and the waitress was so attentive and helpful! Yummy food with a variety of choices!

UF
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Most excellent!
A thoroughly tasteful experience, everytime I go.

NR
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Amazing food but terrible service!

B
London
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Disappointed by the service I received although I put this down to the waitress we had, as I witnessed other tables receiving attentive service. Food was good.

M
London
58 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE BEST DINNER- please get chicken wings and aubergine. Delicious food and amazing service... always so tasty

E
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Nice place, good food and good atmosphere. A bit too noisy and service a bit slow but probably because Saturdays are very busy