Flesh & Buns Covent Garden

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2223 reviews
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Japanese
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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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London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fantastic, service was good, did feel slightly cramped in and it was hot and sticky in there but overall great

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LC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fab food....ordered the tasting menu which was very good value. Highlight was the piglet belly! Definately will return when back in London.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great buzz and I could have eaten anything on the menu. Food was excellent. Would love them to stock no-alcohol beer

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PJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service was lovely. Tables are abit close together but overall it’s great

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

Just wasn’t worth the money which I thought was a lot for what we actually got. Won’t be returning

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I genuinely had the best time. At one point it felt like there were two attentive waiters/waitresses per table. They really made the experience even better, so the staff are a credit to the establishment. My husband and I felt that we were treated so nicely and swiftly too, we never had to wait more than a couple of minutes for anyone's attention. I would give this place a 4.8 out of 5 ONLY because one of our food items (Ox cheek croquette) was just too smokey that it became borderline unpleasant by the 2nd one. I can't fault anything else and will definitely be coming back.

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GD
London
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our time in Flesh and Buns. It was a great experience and made out trip to London even more special.

Thank you very much!

Gavin.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Was delicious and wouldn’t fault the food. A bit pricey but good nonetheless.

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E
Hong Kong
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Always try to fit in a meal here when on leisure trips to London. Food is superbly delicious! Service is excellent. Probably 2 years since we last had Sunday Brunch here and there have been a few changes since... thankfully the food was just as good, but the price has increased substantially. Wine/Prosecco used to be included in the £46 charge but now it is an extra £15. Also, you used to be able to order as many small dishes as you wanted, now the limit is 3 per person. That said, it was enough for me... you just have to focus on ordering what you know you'll like, rather than risk trying something you may not. Our bill for Sunday Brunch, including the 12.5% service charge, came in at just over £70 per head. Pricey, but I'm sure we'll be back!

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing experience and I love this restaurant! The only critique would be that I specified in the booking that is was an anniversary meal and I thought that they might have reserved a slightly better table for such an early booking. Loved it anyway and will definitely return!

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GJ
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The tasting menu was excellent and nicely decorated. The toilets could do with more thorough cleaning though as there was that signature starbucks or pret smell and dampness to them.

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KP
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff are excellent food tasted very fresh . Must have the chicken wings .

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TB
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good food and experience. Food was slightly slower than we’d expect but we weren’t in a rush.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good food and a nice mood for the evening. Staff were also really nice. Next time I would book a private table rather than standard seating as it can be hard to hear the person opposite.

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RC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place and lovely food. Will definitely go back

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F
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I thought the ambiance and service was great but the food was very over-priced! Having to pay for buns and a measly "salad" is ridiculous.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food is great and ambient is good. Service wasn't great this time. We asked for the dessert menu and got the check instead. Waiters always insist on us getting more food while we know what we order is the right amount. We would not be able to finish everything if we followed their advice.

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l
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food! Few super loud tables but good atmosphere otherwise.
Service could have been a little bit more on the ball. Always quite slow in coming over to us and the dishes both came out different times which meant I had almost finished eating before my friend had gotten their food.
The reasoning was because it was a popular dish.

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B
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Well 1 of our friends was at least 45mins late, which was a very disappointing start to what promised to be a enjoyable night. Danny made way to many gags about cold hard buns but we managed to avert a bun catastrophe by eating them in the allotted time frame. All in all it was a bunderful evening

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful place to catch up or gathering with friends, family! My first choice to go in Covent Garden!

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F
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant all round. Great for entertaining, interesting food

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

We shared sushi and sashimi. The best we’ve had in London! My husband even ordered some more salmon sashimi for dessert. His face spoke volumes!

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London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

the food was very good, good portion sizes, friendly service staff, fast service, a bit too loud and crowded, but overall great experience

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always a very well executed and tasty outing.

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JK
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. Was v busy but food kept coming out. Only downside tables very close together. Great for upbeat evening but not so good if cosy and intimate is what you want.

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F
London
21 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was as good as ever, but we were seated at one of the tall tables in the middle of the restaurant and it was a bit stressful, mainly because of the high noise level and the rushed feeling you get there. Perhaps we hit a very busy time on a Thursday night. I would definitely go back again, but try to hit a quieter time.

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E
London
172 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very convenient for Covent Garden. Steak cooked very well, everything of high quality and presented well. Freshly made sushi

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C
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where to begin, the buns were truly unforgettable: succulent salmon with a zing of lemon juice on a cloudy rice bun; miso poached drowned owned eggplant so big it could barely fit the bun... mouthwateringly good!
I went a little overboard and got the salmon tostada as well, which was simply the perfect combination of crunchy tortilla, buttery salmon and a tang of spice. The sushi was nothing to write home about, but I can't wait to be back and gorge myself on more buns!!
The cocktail list is also quite varied and the cocktails are perfect to accompany this out of the world deliciousness.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for the Sunday Brunch option-food was absolutely incredible and staff were so attentive. Was definitely a bit warm in the restaurant with the warm weather outside, but overall we had an incredible time!

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B
London
17 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely place in the heart of Covent garden. Very fresh sushi and love love love the buns!!

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DB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always look forward to going there, never disappoints

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A
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Absolutely wonderful food - but be careful to read the prices in their menu very carefully.

My friend and I went for a pre-theatre menu with one gin and tonic each and ended up paying nearly £40 per person! (Tonic is not included and there's a hefty service charge.)

Lovely place, we just ended up paying quite a bit more than we budgeted for.

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Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Was a Thursday night went for dinner with international visitors for a business dinner
The manager kept pushing and reminding us that by eight o'clock we had to leave! We arrived at 6 and we understood that we only had two hours but every ten minutes he was coming to remind us which really put a bit of a bad environment for us to enjoy the food
Other tables around us that joined at the same time as us were not having the same push on the time at 7.50 he already presented us with the bill with no ask I g of we were finished, was very disappointed as my previous visits had been so good

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RC
Newcastle
13 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The restaurant itself & food was great. It's an interesting menu & good if you need really fast service, we were in and out.

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LP
Cyprus
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the fried squid, tuna sushi and the bao buns in general are amazing. The only thing we didnt love was the veggie gyoza which was a little bit too heavy on the garlic for our taste. Staff was very friendly and we love going here for a date night!

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EK
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Hello there,

Flesh and Buns is one of my favorite restaurants for asian food however, have not been happy with the service for the last couple of times I visited. It is quite disturbing to have someone asking whether you finished all the time as well as taking your plates. It takes ages when it comes to asking someone to bring salad with buns or a little more ginger with sushi. All the people who work there were friendly but I simply thought that service was slow as the restaurant was not busy and there were more than enough ppl working on.

I would like to come back again however, would be happier to be left alone rather than getting stressed out about someone asking if I finished my plate or not (althought we were still continuing)

Best,
Eren

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, staff ambience and service. Will be back- drinks were great too

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TA
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with friends after drinks.. lovely food, great service. Throughly enjoyed it

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e
London
13 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Some dishes were really delicious- miso aubergine bun! Hot stone rice! S’mores! Service was friendly but spotty. Ambiance is fun. Big booths good for groups of six. Excellent cocktails. Fun night in Covent Garden. I’d go back.

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ND
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food, only issue was when I asked for 175ml glass of wine and was given 125ml - this happened twice!

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