Flesh & Buns Covent Garden

4.5
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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.

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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