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Flesh & Buns Covent Garden, London,

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden

4.4
4.4
3916 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 54 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Area
    Covent Garden
  • Parking Details
    The nearest car park is the NCP on Parker Mews, which is approximately 5-6 minutes' walk from the restaurant.
  • Public Transit
    Nearest tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line), Leicester Square (Piccadilly & Northern lines) or Holborn (Piccadilly & Central lines)
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Experiences

  • Bottomless Sunday Brunch

    £45.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    FREE-FLOWING PROSECCO, RED WINE OR WHITE WINE INCLUDED SERVED TO THE TABLE SMALL DISHES Edamame Spicy Tuna Maki Korean Fried Wings Tuna Sashimi Salmon avocado Maki Tenderstem Broccoli Salmon Sashimi FLESH & BUNS (one flesh per person-includes two buns per person) Japanese Fried Chicken Crispy Piglet belly Crispy Duck leg Portobello Mushrooms DESSERTS S'mores Kinako Donuts
    Bottomless Sunday Brunch photo
  • Spring Tasting Menu

    £50.00 per person

    20 Mar - 31 May 2024
    Enjoy our amazing tasting menu with 9 courses to share. Featuring lots of signature dishes including Korean fried wings, crispy piglet belly, and S'mores. *Minimum 2 people, to be served to the entire table. Not suitable for Vegans. -Chips and Dips -Salmon & avocado roll-Ceviche -Korean fried wings -Tenderstem broccoli -Fried Squid -Crispy duck leg -Crispy piglet belly -S'mores.
    Spring Tasting Menu photo
  • London Restaurant Festival: 9 courses Tasting Menu

    £50.00 per person

    1 Jun - 30 Jun 2024
    To Start Chips & Dips Ceviche Salmon & Avocado Maki Small Dishes Korean fried wings Tenderstem broccoli Fried squid Flesh & Buns Crispy Duck leg Crispy piglet belly Dessert S'mores
    London Restaurant Festival: 9 courses Tasting Menu photo

What 3,916 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

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  • London

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • West End London

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

3,922 Reviews
  1. cuisinista

    New York City

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We liked this place. The staff was super friendly and nice. One of the drinks we ordered with the pea flower gin was really outstanding. We had the rice cracker, shishito pepper, a cuke salad and squid starters. The crackers were great the salsa ordinary and did not detect shiso in the avocado. The cuke salad was good but would have liked more cukes to lettuce ratio. The squid was ok, not great, and skimpy but the yuzu mayo was really great. The peppers were ok. We had miso eggplant, pork belly and duck. The eggplant itself was good, not so crazy about the miso preparation. The pork was great and the duck was also very good. We weren’t crazy about the plum sauce; it needed something. These dishes would have been improved by some green onions and a bunch of cilantro. We had the cheesecake dessert with whiskey ice cream. Found the cheesecake bland but loved the ice cream . They very kindly brought the child with us a sweetly decorated scoop of mango sorbet which she loved. This restaurant is rated 4 1/2 stars. I would rate it 4.3 based on our visit but we might have ordered more adventurously with out a child in tow.

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  2. Nush

    London

    140 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    140 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went a month ago and loved it so came back with whole family and my parents. Everyone enjoyed it. I recommend everything but especially sizzling beef hot plate in poke section.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It was all great. We enjoyed the food and the s’mores were a hit with our teenagers!

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  4. LucyF

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely meal. Good value tasting menu. Friendly attentive staff. Really nice evening.

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  5. Kevin

    Leicestershire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Lively cellar restaurant with Japanese fusion feel. Food generally very good - especially the Chicken wings, Crispy duck and pork in buns. Relaxed and informal

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  6. LauraN

    London

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Sashimi was nice but cut very thick the seabsss was uneatable as so thick and chewy. The buns are great but one between two would be enough. The chips and dip were great. You can’t take the food home really as they don’t have take away boxes Tables way too close together and the squashed everyone on one side of the restaurant when the other side was empty Toliets were no very clean. The concept is great but execution needs improving.

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  7. JacquiW

    New South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A beautiful pre show dinner. Could not fault the food - it was absolutely outstanding

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  8. AmelieP

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I used to love this place but this time the staff kept trying to take out plates before we were finished, took the plates of those who had finished eating while someone in our group was still eating. We ended up leaving after 45min because we felt so rushed. Shame.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food is delicious and menu is great. Service is really hit and miss depending what table you’re at - definitely some servers are overstretched and there is no oversight of diners experience

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  10. DCQS8

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service amazing, we were served by Jabang and she was brilliant, attentive and had great suggestions. only down side - they had no containers to take left overs home with, I hate food waste and it was sad that the left overs would go in the bin. Every over restaurant I have been to recently support this and some even suggest it before I ask.

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  11. CarrieK

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service from a very friendly waitress, food came quickly, delicious, served hot and well presented. Pricing was reasonable for 6 of us and they brought ice cream with candles and a free drink to celebrate a birthday at our table. Overall, a lovely experience and yummy food

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Pre theatre menu is excellent value. The food is good. Tables were extremely close together so it was like being in the conversation both side of us despite being on a table for two.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a last min Reservation and walk-in, but end the end it was a Stellar Win! The staff was amazing and the food was phenomenal! I’ll def be visiting again and recommending!

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  14. Nush

    London

    140 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Why hadn’t I been here before?! Great concept to pick your ‘flesh’ including veggie options and make your own Bao buns plus sushi, sashimi, poke options too. I really recommend the hot plate beef with rice dish. Sizzling and delicious! Great value too.

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  15. Navinsky

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. The pre-theatre express deal was very much worth it.

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  16. Nclarke

    Nottingham

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great place. The cocktails were super. The food was very tasty. The only downside was there were too many tables and so close together. I sat on the back row table for two and I was less than half a meter from the person sat on the next table. It was a real shame as it spoilt our evening. Also be aware this place is quite noisy. I wouldn’t mind the noise if I had a bit more space to enjoy my meal and company.

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  17. LeeG

    London

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great pre theatre choice for us. Great value too even on the a la carte. The sea bass is a definite winner.

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  18. JPMARSHALL

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    9 course brunch was awesome. All the food was incredible especially the chickn.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    They do not allow people to get boxes to take home leftover food. Very annoying.

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  20. KSingh

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Overpriced food, service was not great tables are too close together making it tight to fit in

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  21. ChristianS

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was lovely. Service was great. Maria was amazing.

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  22. Billie

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was very good! Made the meal feel extra special

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The music played in the restaurant was extremely loud techno beat. Definite turn off, won’t be going again.

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  24. GillH

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delicious meal made special by birthday celebrations from the staff. Thank you! Lovely fun buzzy place….

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  25. Stephanie

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner. Great value for money. We chose the winter menu. Service was outstanding. Eliza was really efficient. Goodness top notch

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  26. RobC

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good service. Small plates were good but bao bun dishes were poor, crispy chicken was less tasty than KFC. Short rib flavour average as were pickles and condiments. A definite case of style over substance.

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  27. DianeR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious and the service from the waiting staff was first class. We will be booking again’

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  28. JackY

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food, modern asian tasting plates. A bit on the pricey side - but it is london!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Quick and friendly service. Korean chicken wings a staple favourite, but the squid was also excellent.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was poorly made, not worth that much money at all unfortunately

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  31. Brunchpreferred

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I really enjoyed the food. Had three courses and very happy with each order.

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  32. SallyF

    Hampshire

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a pre-theatre meal. Food was good but it was the service that was the real star of the show - both people who looked after us were exceptional.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Lancashire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great ambience, friendly and helpful staff… highly recommended

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  34. Sumit

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The staff served us very well. We enjoyed their pleasant disposition. Their laid back, patient and friendly attitude are a welcome relief from many other outlets. The location is obviously is prime.

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  35. ThomasR

    New Zealand

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, great vibe, and excellent value on the pre dinner menu. Mains took a little bit of time to come out but the rest of the meal was amazing. Would recommend highly.

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  36. JamesT

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the Winter Tasting menu, excellent selection of food and great value. Absolutely stuffed at the end of it! The food was beautifully presented and really tasty. Service from Maria was excellent. Overall a really lovely evening.

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  37. Strick

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The starter rolls were nice, but the chicken bowl main was really not good. The chicken was sinewy, the poached egg was cold, gelatinous and almost inedible, and the layer of breadcrumbs(?) was overpowering in both texture and flavour. The dessert was OK, but comparable with something you could buy at the store. The table, too, was squeezed between two others, just a bit too close. On the plus side, ambiance and service were both very good.

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  38. MikaelaE

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Love the food here and have dined multiple times, was a little disappointed in the visit this time but am putting it down to lots of new staff and the restaurant being full. Great value for money as a pre show dinner but at busy times not the best for a catch up dinner as it’s very loud.

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  39. MabroorA

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Buns took too long to come after the food, otherwise great as always

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  40. Naomi

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I saw a video on tiktok of the bottomless brunch and immediately booked. It was by far the best brunch I have ever been to and great value for money! So much food and our glasses were never empty. Staff was so helpful, honestly couldn't fault anything. I will be back and recommending Flesh & Buns to all my friends. Thanks again and see you soon! :) Naomi

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FAQs

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden is rated 4.4 stars by 3916 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 54 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Flesh & Buns Covent Garden

41 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LX

Additional information

  • Area
    Covent Garden
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Tue 12:00–22:00 Wed–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–21:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Japanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    The nearest car park is the NCP on Parker Mews, which is approximately 5-6 minutes' walk from the restaurant.
  • Public Transit
    Nearest tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line), Leicester Square (Piccadilly & Northern lines) or Holborn (Piccadilly & Central lines)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Loic Leguay
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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