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.
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Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service & the buns were delicious.

ND
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food here was very tasty but I did find the menu a bit confusing at first, specifically the buns section. I do think there should be a few more garnish or condiments provided with the bun fillings. I ordered the wagu steak which came with a sauce and a couple of small pickles but, when added to the bun (which you need to order, and pay for separately) it just looked a little bland. Some Asian slaw, fresh coriander or fresh chilli would have gone a long way to making this a much more exciting dish. Its for that reason I only scored it 3*'s however I'd say it's more a 3.5.

Finally, not a criticism, just a word of warning to solo diners. This place is more geared up for sharing I'd say, otherwise you need to spend a lot of money by yourself to get a bit of variety. Personally I would go to Shack-Fuyu (same owners) if eating alone as food is on a similar level but you can order lots of smaller portions.

GB
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, nice staff, quick service! I would defo recommend!

RA
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice atmosphere and good service. Would definitely come again!

LK
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good food. Very slow service.

B
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Decent place with quite a good range of options and the food was good. Maybe it was what we chose, but it wasn't particularly exciting. We all had the pre-theatre menu which was reasonable but what annoyed us was the fact that the veggie set menu was the same price as the meat/fish option but if you had bought the veggie starter and main separately (outside of the set menu) it was about £6 cheaper. Ridiculous.

GM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was beautiful however some dishes were very large and other dishes were quite small in size and one diner felt a little let down re amount of chicken . Service was nice but one meal arrived long after theother 2 meals had been served with only a tacit apology .

LS
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Restaurant was a bit loud but overall a great place for dinner.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing staff. The only thing I would point as not 100% positive is the speed of the service. We got all our orders on top of the table at the same time which gave us a bit of pressure to eat! But all besides that is fantastic!

M
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food as always but very slow service on this occasion (first time In multiple visits that I’ve experienced it being this slow), also looks like they’ve started to cut down their portion sizes...
Can’t fault the taste of the food or ambience though, amazing as always.

CC
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply Superb! I will keep suggesting this place to more colleagues.
The staff is super attentive and kind and the quality of the food is top!
Thank you

j
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic. Food was great and the service too. Highly recommended if you like Japanese food with twist.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thanks for your fabulous feedback and letting us know that you experienced lovely service from start to finish and enjoyed the quality of our food.

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AF
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

We were sited in the middle part of the restaurant, where annoying lights on the ceiling make your dinner experience like being in a hospital. The food was okay, but not worth it for the price.

SB
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Korean fried chicken wings are a must. The crispy piglet belly was nice but crispy. The greeting staff as you walk in could smile more.

GL
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place to taste some Japanese food. Tables are a little close for my liking and food was being passed over my head due to this. Wine list is pricy but good value on food.

r
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The second time here, this time for a leaving dinner for a work colleague. He ordered the short beef ribs and I the ribeye steak. Both with vegetable rice in the hot bowl.
Simply AWESOME food and good service throughout. No room for dessert but managed a few cheeky Arahi beers instead.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service !

ML
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Summary:
No cloakroom so your coat is hangover over your chair and people are pushing it off as they walk past because the tables are rammed so close together.
Sushi is average at best (go to Sticks n sushi instead)
The s’mores dessert is also disappointing - lacks flavour and not great value.
Won’t be returning.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 11 February 2020

Dear Monica, It is certainly disappointing to hear your experience was overall not very satisfying. Flesh and Buns are certainly committed to providing its guests with the highest quality of customer care. Your comments are important to the success of our business, as we rely on you, our guest, to tell us how we are doing and how we can better meet your needs. in case you wish to join us again, we will make sure to fully exceed your expectations. Kind Regards,

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s
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I would have preferred to have been given the option of a proper table. The bar wasn't that comfortable and the communal table is super awkward. There was a free table for 4 and should have been offered that since it was late and it was progressively getting emptier

SS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The good: Enjoyed the food and overall vibe of the place. Would recommend the pork belly and duck bao, as well as the chicken wings.
The bad: Found the service so poor that I'm not sure I would go back - especially given the price tag. Our table was seated for 20 mins without anyone coming by the table to take drink orders or explain the menu. When our server did take our order, she forgot to take drinks and we had to call her back. Staff seemed stretched thin - it was a busy Thursday evening but the restaurant wasn't packed. Dishes were put on the table in a rush, without telling us what each one was. Meat for bao arrived without bao, bao arrived without the veg garnish platter. Our single order of gyoza arrived twice. Two different servers confused a beef rice bowl and a veg rice bowl and gave us a pretty unconfident answer about which was which. No drinks refreshes were offered and no one checked to see how we felt about the food. Might have been an off night, but I think you can find similar izakaya for the same price point with more attentive staff.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 11 February 2020

Dear Sarah, I am sorry to read you had some negative aspects of your experience. I will definitely take your comments on board and highlight them to our management and the Team. We would like to apologise for the inconvenience this has caused you and your guests and we wish this episode will not deter you from returning to Flesh and Buns. Warm Regards,

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EC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really delicious cocktails and food, great service and good portions. We were full up and couldn't manage pudding. The Korean chicken wings were to die for! Best I've tried. Highly recommend for a date, dinner with friends, I think even my kids would like it there.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We came for my partners birthday last week and it was amazing! Food was absolutely delicious, the service was arguably the best I’ve had in London yet. Only complaint is the place is very jam packed inside and was very very warm, almost uncomfortably so. Not a dealbreaker though and we’ll definitely be back! Highly recommend for birthdays!

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 11 February 2020

Dear Guest, Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely review and letting us know that all of our team at Flesh and Buns provided a fantastic service. Apologies that the place was packed we always get extremely busy, I would recommend trying it next time you are in the area for an earlier sitting to avoid the pick time. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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IV
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Pretty loud restaurant but food was great.

SM
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the brunch here.

We had our own private big table. The waiter was AMAZING! The amount of prosecco we received was insane! He was great.

The food was incredible and I absolutely loved it. Would 100% go back and recommend.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 February 2020

Dear Samantha, Thank you very much for leaving us such a lovely review, myself and the team are very happy to hear we met your expectations. Our private rooms are located in Flesh and Buns Oxford Circus, I will be sharing your kind words with the team. We hope to see you again soon.

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LB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Ask for one of the separate table or you will be seated on the group tables

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 February 2020

Dear Luke, Thank you for your feedback on your recent visit. I'm glad that our team managed to accommodate you on a non-sharing table. We try our best to accommodate all requests, in our busy restaurant. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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n
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited Flesh and Buns for the first time recently for a friends birthday. We were running late on a saturday evening due to train problems, but the receptionist at the restaurant was so kind and understanding and made us feel very welcome. We all really enjoyed the food (wished we ordered more but had run to catch a show), everything tasted amazing. Our waitress was also very kind, welcoming and attentive. Would definitely visit again soon!

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 February 2020

Dear Nisa, I'm so pleased to read that everything has been up to expectations We hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards,

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Fodd was great! Ambience was amazing too

BS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

This was my second visit. Very disappointed this time. Food didn’t taste as good as previous time especially the aubergine with miso
Another dish took 45 mins to arrive.
Other diners were experiencing the same problem.
The mushroom dish that was so late was not charged however all we got was a small pile of mushrooms. This did not justify the cost of the dish

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 February 2020

Dear Beejal, Thank you for taking the time in sharing your review with us. It is certainly disappointing to hear your experience was overall not very satisfying. Each and every feedback is very valuable information to us you can ensure that I have shared your feedback with our team. We look forward to welcoming you on another occasion so we can manage to fully exceed your expectations. Many Thanks,

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KK
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Nice restaurant, good atmosphere but overpriced, have had better buns in London for much less

LD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service and cocktails were good. Nice place for group lunch/dinner. Food was ok.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 11 February 2020

Dear Lena, Thanks for leaving a review and for letting us know you had such a wonderful time. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon

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EW
London
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a while since I'd been there, and my memories weren't wrong! The Japanese chicken was a particular highlight, but all the food was excellent, and very good value for money too.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 February 2020

Dear Edwin, Thank you very much for leaving us such a lovely review, myself and the team are very happy to hear we met your expectations. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon! Many Thanks,

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PF
London
13 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! In particular the duck bao and pork belly. Sashimi was thick cuts and delicious/fresh too. S’mores was fun too - melt yourself over coal!!
Nice decor and atmosphere. We had a lovely waitress.
They also remembered to bring the dessert with “Happy Birthday” written on it for my friend.
Will definitely be returning and recommending to others.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool vibe. Great variety of food!
Something different. Definitely recommend it!

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 February 2020

Dear Guest, I'm so pleased to read that everything has been up to expectations We hope to welcome you back soon to Flesh and Buns. Warm regards,

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s
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff are really friendly and attentive, and the service is really swift. Plus the food is great. Very pleasant experience!

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 February 2020

Dear Sarah, Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely review and letting us know that all of our team at Flesh and Buns provided fantastic, friendly and attentive service. I will be sharing your kind words with the team. Many Thanks,

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M
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, super service, great choice of dishes. The steamed buns and fillings are delicious.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 February 2020

Dear Merlotti, Thank you for taking the time in sharing your review with us. I am happy to read that you think so highly of our food. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

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CH
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was pretty good but it was completely overshadowed by the incredible lack of good service. Not a good experience and will not be back. The waitress basically threw our plates onto the table before running off and when I asked for tap water instead of bottled water, she rolled her eyes at me. To top it off my boyfriend got his main course 20 minutes before I did so his was cold by the time mine arrived as he obviously didn’t want to sit and eat alone. How can service be so terrible.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 February 2020

Dear Cecilie, Thank you for taking the time in sharing your review with us. I will definitely take your comments on board and highlight them to Management and the Team who will look into a much better execution of the food next time. We would like to apologise for the inconvenience this has caused to you and your guest and we wish this episode will not deter you returning to Flesh and Buns again. Kind Regards,

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EP
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Overpriced for what it is. As much as the food was good enough there is no excuse to charge 16 pounds for a lonely little slice of salmon on a plate which comes with nothing as you are supposed to also buy 2 buns and later on lego your own meal.

Current tendency in London to stuff as many people as possible in a restaurant is accepted though begrudgingly in a cheap places, chains and markets. However, when you prepare yourself to pay bit more to enjoy better cuisine and ambience you do not expect to be shoved on a communal table in between other people and being given less then 2 hours slot.

So what do we have in the end? We had our dinner in less then an hour and rushed out as it was impossible to talk having strangers shouting in our ears as we were seated super close to each other. Our bill was 80 pounds for a main, a shared starter and one drink each. I suggest going next door to Seven dials market and have the same food in the same atmosphere for third of the price.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 February 2020

Dear Ekaterina, Thank you for your review. It saddens me to read that you left disappointed on your recent visit at Flesh and Buns. Unfortunately due to the success and a large number of bookings we can't always allow extra flexibility on the seating time. I'd suggest coming back to try our amazing 3-course Pre-theatre menu available daily until 18:45 pm for only £24 per person. We look forward to welcoming you on another occasion so we can manage to fully exceed your expectations.

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c
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A new favorite in London. Absolutely amazing food with options for both meat lovers and veggies/ vegans. The corn was the standout - wish I could have a giant bottle of the sauce!

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 February 2020

Dear Corinnac, Thanks for leaving a review and for letting us know you had such a wonderful time. Our team at Flesh and Buns, look forward to welcoming you back in the near future to have some more of our amazing dishes. Kind Regards,

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IV
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not worth the money spent, left hungry and it wasn’t comfortable

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 February 2020

Dear IV93, Thank you for taking the time in sharing your review with us. It is certainly disappointing to hear your experience was overall not very satisfying. I'd suggest coming back to try our amazing 3-course Pre-theatre menu available daily until 18:45pm for only £24 per person. We look forward to welcoming you on another occasion so we can manage to fully exceed your expectations. Many Thanks

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good but too loud sound and noisy in the location