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Flesh & Buns Covent Garden

4.4
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2476 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Offers

2 courses £22

Jul 6, 2020-Sep 30, 2020·Daily 12:00-19:00

or 3 courses £24.  From Express and pre/post theatre menu

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Mon - Thu 12:00PM - 7:00PM

What 2476 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
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4.3
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4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JoyB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place to eat out, will be returning x All good

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Staff were very accommodating and friendly, which accompanied with the delicious food and drinks made for a wonderful evening.

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ChloeB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great to see this place open once again! Amazing food as always. Hand sanitisers, 2m markings and all staff wearing facemasks.
Felt completely safe. Go and support our London restaurants!

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Londoner
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The Korean Chicken wings keep me coming back! So delicious

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Everything was Absolutely bursting with flavour. Great service too.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your fantastic review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your evening. Hopefully we will see you again soon.

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TaraS
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal ! The servers are wonderful and they were very safe with Covid restrictions. We felt safe and enjoyed our meal!

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Tara for taking the time to write a review. I'm so glad you felt safe in our premises, looking forward to see you again soon.

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vipRG35
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with measured expectations given that it was the first day open following lockdown.

Happy to say that the it was great, and matched up to previous experiences.

Food, drink, service, all faultless. Would happily recommend this restaurant.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your amazing review! We are so glad we met all your expectations. Looking forward to welcoming you back again.

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AnnieH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Lovely to eat out at one of our favourite places. Food didn’t disappoint with friendly staff and speedy service.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Annie, for your lovely review. Happy to be back, we hope to see you again soon!

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NatashaH
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always spectacular, the concept is great along with friendly staff.
One of my all time favourites.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 16 March 2020

Dear Natasha, I'm so pleased to read your review. Our friendly staff is looking forward to welcoming you back again for some more tasty dishes! Kind Regards,

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HollyB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good and service was good. Both just good not amazing. We had to move table as the tables under the spotlights are far too bright after a day at work, it felt like being back in the office. Luckily they could move us to an empty table in a darker area.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 16 March 2020

Dear Holly, Thanks for taking time to share your review. We are glad to hear you had an amazing time, and that our staff took care of you. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Food was great and so was the service and staff. Might have been our seats but we were covered in flies.

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annH
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food a bit different with fusion of Japanese and Peruvian styles. Staff were very helpful.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 10 March 2020

Dear Guest, Thanks for your fabulous feedback and letting us know that you experienced lovely service and enjoyed the quality of our food. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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LucA
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Asian fusion food, great people for great service.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 9 March 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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DuncanH
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first vist, we really enjoyed the experience and the food👍

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Dear Duncan, I'm so pleased to read that everything has been up to expectations We hope to welcome you back soon. Many Thanks,

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RaulG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great venue and the food was delicious. I would recommend you book a table if you are planning a visit.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Dear Guest, 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 look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great time tonight. Enjoyed the quirky approach to Japanese / Chinese fusion.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Dear Guest, Thanks for your fabulous feedback and letting us know that you experienced a lovely evening. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

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vipEdward
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service & the buns were delicious.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you for dining with us. I'm so pleased to read that you've enjoyed your meal. I hope it wouldn't be long until you will visit us again. Kind Regards,

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NickD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
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.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Dear Nick, Thanks for sharing your feedback. I will definitely take your comments on board and highlight them to our Management Team who will look into it. We would like to apologise for the inconvenience this has caused you, and we hope you can visit us next time with a group, otherwise we are happy to have you back at shackfuyu :)

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GerdaB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Dear Guest, 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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RubyA
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Dear Guest, Thanks for your amazing review. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Warm Regards,

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LujK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good food. Very slow service.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Dear Guest, Thanks for your feedback. I am sorry to read you had some negative aspects of your experience and I hope on your next visit you come away completely satisfied. Kind Regards,

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Bruno
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
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.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Dear Bruno, 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. Please be aware that we also offer a la carte menu, so you can order suitable dishes for guests with dietary requirements. We hope to see you again soon.

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GinM
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
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 .

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Dear Guest, Thanks for your review and providing us with this feedback for us to use constructively and move forward as a business. On behalf of the restaurant, I do apologise that your experience wasn't to the standard that we are known for. We wish this episode will not deter you returning to Flesh and Buns again. Many Thanks,

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vipLindaS
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Dear Guest, Thanks for sharing your feedback. Unfortunately due the success and large amount of bookings we always get extremely busy especially on weekends and the atmosphere can be a bit loud, apologies for the inconvenience. We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Dear Guest, I am happy to read that you think so highly of our food. We are very proud of it and please be rest assured it is not our intention to make you feel rushed, as we always strive to be attentive to every guest's needs. We look forward to seeing you soon. Many Thanks,

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Maddy
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.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Dear Maddy, Thank you for your feedback on your recent visit. I do apologise that your experience wasn't to the standard that we are known for. We’re normally known for our exceptional service, and we regret that we missed the mark. We hoe to see you again soon. Kind Regards,

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CricriC
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

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you for your fabulous feedback. We hope to see you again soon.

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jans
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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AlbertF
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.

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SharonB
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.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Dear Guest, Thanks for sharing your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you on another occasion so we can manage to fully exceed your expectations. Many Thanks,

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GraceL
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.

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robjackson19
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service !

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MonicaL
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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silvia
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

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SarahS
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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EugenieC
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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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IinaV
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Pretty loud restaurant but food was great.

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SamanthaM
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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Flesh & Buns Covent Garden is rated 4.4 stars by 2476 OpenTable diners.

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