Flesh & Buns Covent Garden

4.5
2903 reviews
£26 to £40
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.

Experiences

  • London Restaurant Festival: 9 courses tasting menu

    £42.50 per person

    Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2021

    Come celebrate London Restaurant Festival in October at Flesh and Buns Covent garden. Enjoy our amazing tasting menu with 9 courses to share. Featuring lots of signature dishes including Korean fried wings, crispy piglet belly, and S'more. *Minimum 2 people, to be served to the entire table. Not suitable for Vegans. -Chips and Dips -Seared Tuna -Salmon & avocado roll -Korean fried wings -Grilled broccoli -Fried Squid -Crispy duck leg -Crispy piglet belly -S'more
  • Bottomless Sunday Brunch

    £42.50 per person

    Multiple dates available

    FREE-FLOWING PROSECCO, RED WINE OR WHITE WINE INCLUDED SERVED TO THE TABLE Chips & Dips Edamame SMALL DISHES Korean Fried Wings Salmon avocado roll Chicken Yakitori California Roll Mix Seafood Ceviche Fried Squid Salmon Sashimi FLESH & BUNS (includes two buns per person) 1/2 Spatchcock Chicken Crispy Piglet belly Crispy Duck leg Portobello Mushrooms DESSERTS Chocolate Fondant Kinako Donuts

Offers

  • Collect 500 bonus points

    Mon - Wed 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Receive points for dining rewards, KAYAK hotel savings and more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2903 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always incredible, the staff were super friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend Flesh and Buns and visit regularly.

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elevateddancing
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love it here, great for a super tasty lunch, the chicken wings are the best I’ve ever had anywhere!

JG
JennyG
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good, our waitress was excellent and our glass was never empty!

CS
ClaireS
London
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great atmosphere. Exceptional service.

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N123
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great food, really enjoyed trying some new options. Buns delicious but would like more than 2 with the meats.

Service was poor though; 1 item we ordered didn't turn up, waiting staff were mixed, some very polite and attentive, others very dismissive, rude and inattentive. Felt like staff really didn't want to be there. Inside it's a bit chaotic but still a decent experience overall.

Value for money is average. Food is tasty but expensive but service was more like a casual fast food spot, not what you expect from a place charging +£20 for mains.

I wouldn't rush back over other great places to eat, but it was good to try.

SP
StephenP
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, pleasant staff and nice atmosphere, quite expensive though.

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Ancho
London
66 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Tasty food and friendly, efficient service. Would definitely come again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went to F@B for lunch which was really tasty! Had Sushimi to start which was fresh and well presented followed by suckling pig Bao buns which were delicious! Recommended

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NedV
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food never disappoints. Crispy squid was a bit salty but the buns and chicken yakitori is 10/10. Service was great too despite being very busy

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food, been going for a few years 😊

BW
BridgetW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emmy and Josh were awesome. Very attentive, great knowledge of food and beverage and good upselling skills. The food was delicious!
Would 100% return.
Thanks for a great evening.

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Stardog
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience1

Felt a bit 'meh' at this venue which was so atmospheric when I came previously 2 years ago.
Lights were too bright, like tesco - it was a bit, chilly.
Service was spot on - best part of the night.
Mains where OK but you need more then two Baos? Seemed a bit tight.
Chicken wings were fantastic and rib sooo succulent.

Hope it was a one off as usually very good indeed.

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russellr
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice, bustling chatty ambience, good food, seemed pricey but I am from out of town….

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was okay they stop spatchcock chicken which was a shame

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was absolutely outstanding. We were made to feel so welcome

SP
StephanieP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to this place many times and it never disappoints. Fantastic food, fantastic ambience and great customer service!

JK
JordanK
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

VERY GOOD! Short Rib was incredible! Will be returning! <3

GB
GemmaB
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

lovely 9 course taster menu, well worth the money.

FM
FilippoM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

needed to ask the waiter everything multiple times as the table wasn’t prepared adequately

CW
CWsilver
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food and atmosphere were fabulous. Service was quite slow on the whole (except for Mattia who was great!). Really enjoyed it.

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Carly
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

- Amazing, big portions of food
- Good quality Prosecco
- Nice and chilled atmosphere
- Free Wi-Fi

WM
WillM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

An amazing night with mind-blowing food!

Despite all the glowing reviews, we still weren't ready for how incredibly delicious each course food was, from the Korean wings, to the S'mores for dessert, all an absolute feast for the senses! Stand out dish of the night had to be the lamb shank being so tender and meaty!

HC
HelenaC
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flesh and Buns is honestly my new favourite go to London restaurant!

The Korean chicken wings are outstanding! Like nothing I have tasted before! Be prepared to get messy and enjoy!

A firm favourite is the Corn Tempura! Crunchy bites with a zesty dip! Also tried the crackers and dips which are super tasty, light rice crackers with avocado and a spicy salsa dip.

Bao bun wise I go for the Japanese fried chicken every time! Just so good! (Making many mouth watering thinking about them!) Must remember to order extra buns next time!!

And for dessert you cannot go wrong with sharing a s’mores with a friend/partner! Perfect over the top spectacle to end the perfect meal!

KM
KristinaM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super nice food as always! Service is excellent. Everyone from reception to floor staff very friendly and helpful.
Great environment, thank you Matteo for looking after us

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Missaeliza15
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our friend was back from living in Barbados fir over a year and loves Flesh & Buns so it was a reunion. It was excellent, the food was as delicious as ever, she loves the Korean chicken and said it was delicious, we all adored the bao buns. We had Salmon, the pork belly and chicken to accompany them. Yum. I had a delicious cocktail, I think green Eden, with vodka and mint. My friends loved the lucky cat cocktail, taste and presentation and said the S’mores were divine. My chocolate fondant was amazing. Thanks for a brilliant night.

IC
IanC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really lovely food and buzzy atmosphere. Tables too close together though which was the only downside.

DG
vipDebbieG
Shropshire
9 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service this visit. Waitress friendly, intuitive and informative.
Food amazing, best Korean wings, endame in soy chilli glaze was delicious.
A faultless visit and asahi on draft.
If I could make an improvement.... the paper straws are rubbish and make cocktail consumption a challenge :)

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vipMaxcrystal
Cambridge
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Expensive but good food and great drinks

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vipv2eat
Hertfordshire
22 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, couldn't have asked for more. Emmy was a great server and accommodated our dietary requirements calmly and thoroughly, checking everything with the kitchen in detail. Will be back for sure!

EA
EliseA
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were quite disappointed with the food. The duck steamed buns came with a strange sauce which just did not go with the duck. It should come with hoi sin ideally. The crispy squid wa very plain and was served boiling hot (too hot!). The sauce on the chicken wings was far too overpowering and tangy. I expected a lot better for the price

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LivP
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Staff were so knowledgable about the menu and able to give great recommendations. Food was perfectly cooked and presented, recommend getting a selection and sharing. Can’t wait to go back.

MH
MichaelH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staff, great atmosphere and the food was incredible. Can't wait to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bottomless brunch was brilliant value for money, and Emmy our hostess was amazing!

ML
MichelleLG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hugely recommended. And the Yuzu Margarita was delicious.

SO
SamO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food as always and staff are always attentive. Could do with more options on the dessert menu .

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vipVictoria
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our engagement - excellent service

KM
KiwiMonkey
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Been going to Flesh & Buns over the years and it's one of my favourites. However I was gutted to find out they have stopped doing certain things on the menu (even though it was still written on the menu itself).

The staff member who served us was so hot and cold. Greeted us in such a friendly manner, but when asked to change / amend the order she rolled her eyes at us. Also she was quick to take our plates... As soon as the last piece was lifted the plate was gone!

CD
ChelsieD
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty food in cool surroundings. Serving staff very friendly and accommodating. Would go back

KM
KeithM
Kent
12 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The food is very nice but it just lacks generosity, with small portions and very high prices. £30 for sashimi is punchy and I expect more.

The buns are all lovely but again, £28 and only 2 steamed buns? Really!!?

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Mickell
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommended Flesh & Buns, really good food! Good service and good vibes

FAQs

Flesh &amp; Buns Covent Garden is rated 4.5 stars by 2903 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.