Flesh & Buns

4.5
1973 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
Flesh & Buns, 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Tuesday: 12pm - 3pm / 5pm - 10pm

Wednesday - Friday: 12pm - 3pm / 5pm - 11pm

Saturday: 12pm - 11pm

Sunday & Bank Holidays: 12pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
020 7632 9500
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Joe McCafferty
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Parking Details
The nearest car park is the NCP on Parker Mews, which is approximately 5-6 minutes' walk from the restaurant.
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Public Transit
Nearest tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line), Leicester Square (Piccadilly & Northern lines) or Holborn (Piccadilly & Central lines)
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1973 People Are Saying
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LD
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Never disappoints. One of my favorite spots for Sunday brunch.

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MF
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I went on Saturday for a meal. I booked in advance for an individual table and we were sitting in a mix table. Not happy at the beginning but as our sit was in one of the corners of the table it didn't matter in the end and we have plenty of space and privacy. The atmosphere was incredible. The staff was brilliant and the food was really good. We went for the tasting menu. 100% I recommend this place. Thank you

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S
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great atmosphere. Service was quick as well!

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G
London
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Very limited vegan options.
Otherwise the food is great. I wouldn’t go there for the sushi and sashimi, there are many other dishes much worth trying.
First time service was great. Second time service was bad. And we were seated 30mins late.

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CS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This bar has potential but lacks in some areas.
The food seemed very overpriced, particularly starters and desserts.
We were crammed in on one long table with other customers when. Which is pretty hard when you order tapas style food.
We were also faced with a service charge of 12.5% which I felt wasn't earned. Staff were ok but one member of staff was clearing the space next to us and brushed food onto my lap.

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EM
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing. Starters were amazing but felt the main was a little disappointing - the duck was very dry and buns weren’t the light fluffy buns I’d had in many other Asian restaurants. Steak was lovely and it’s sauce. Not enough little pickled sides with the meats. Made the buns a little boring.

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JB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Service shocking. Manager kept trying to kick us out after only 2 hours and spending 300£ between 4 people. No mention of this beforehand. Food good but ruined the experience.

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l
London
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful food with super knowledgeable friendly staff

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RG
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect team christmas diner. Recommend to anyone that likes asian food.

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KS
London
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good, atmosphere was good but we waited over an hour for our main dishes. Kitchen service was very poor. Won't be rushing back unfortunately.

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HC
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious, the staff were really helpful, though as the night got busier the service did suffer a little and we were left waiting to pay the bill. With a show to go to, we did feel we then had to rush to the venue from the restaurant.

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CS
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a great place to go.

When booking I had written that this was for my SO's birthday and I had no expectation for what they had planned. I just was hoping for good seats - and they were!

We had our meal, which was amazing and the service was so welcoming and considerate.

We ordered F&B's SMORES and on the plate was written happy birthday with a candle. I had no idea they did that but it was such a lovely touch and my SO absolutely loved it. Thanks a bunch guys you definitely made her day.

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MA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and staff but would have the tables a little bit further away from each other to be able to walk in and out comfortably

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r
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, great service.
Defo go back again

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TM
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

pre theatre dinner....excellent value. Fabulous food. Rarely say this....but almost too much! But utterly delicious.

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food! Cool restaurant

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EV
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food. Nice place. Restaurant emptied around 10 pm.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing. Great atmosphere and service.

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FT
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Hello, I just want to leave a feedback about our experience at Flesh and Buns this evening. Service was really bad, the waiter misunderstood the whole order and anytime we told him he was wrong we had to wait such a long time, also the food was not really warm and at the end we even had something in the bill that we never received. I'm really disappointed as Flesh and Buns has always been my favourite restaurant and service it has been pretty much good all the times. I do understand that Saturdays are busy but it's not my first Saturday spent there for dinner. I really hope that this won't happen again as I've been your customer for 4 years and I always appreciated the quality of the food.

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M
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great food, great service...perfect evening!

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HL
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Possibly one of the best restaurants I have eaten at. Food was superb and general atmosphere was great.

Only slight downfall is that the staff seemed to have an issue with us wanting to sit next to each other rather than opposite each other - to the point that half way through our meal my partner was asked to move seats which was slightly annoying.

Bar that I cannot complain at all! Great place to eat

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Perth / WA
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic! Food was delicious, atmosphere great, service wonderful! Would recommend and can’t wait to return!

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J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious and restaurant has a really good vibe. Loved the pear & lychee juice, korean chicken wings tasty but quite spicy, the buns (pork and duck) were yummy, and the vegetarian hot pot quite good too! We were so full couldn’t get pudding. Will definitely come back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We booked it there as a special occasion and it was recommended by a friend. The first impression was the space looked nice but very noisy. The food menu had interesting proposals and I liked the concept of putting your bun together but in terms of flavour/materials it seem to be missing out and not being as exciting as it wanted to present itself. The one thing that stood out and it 's worth trying was the cheesecake and their cold sake.
The stuff was overall friendly and helpful but the service was weak. We were the forgotten table of the day, they lost two of our orders and it was hard to hold on to someone to order drinks. In the end they did apologise and didn't charge us for the dessert as an apology which is something we did appreciate (not many restaurants do that!).

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MV
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday brunch, the staff is friendly and food delicious. Loved the pork belly!

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Took my husband here for Brunch on his Birthday and the food was fantastic. So much of it! Service excellent, despite running out of donuts they gave us Smores instead. We toasted them on the fire in front of us. It was so much fun! Definitely going back

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Be aware - they no longer do the great brunch offer! What was previously £45 is now £69 (you pay extra for alcohol), plus the food is no longer bottomless - you only get a bun and 3 starters. Still good food, but not good value.

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JB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for the express lunch. Great choice and great food. We will be back soon I am sure.

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N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food and good atmosphere ! Friendly staff too :)

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DX
London
10 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favourite places to head when I'm out in the West End - delicious food, fun ambience and always made to feel welcome.
Make sure to order the chicken wings!

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R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious and service was good!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived 30 minutes early but was promptly taken straight to my table. Food was absolutely delicious and portion size good! Staff friendly and attentive. I’m a new found fan!

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EA
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything tasted great, really fresh ingredients and amazing combinations of flavour. The cocktails are delicious. The service was good to start off with but did tail off towards the end - took a while to get the bill and drinks after food had arrived. It was friendly service though.
Recommend the tasting menu if you can’t decide, it had good variety and was delicious and filling.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

We’ve previously loved Flesh and Buns’ Sunday brunch so we’re disappointed to discover their brunch offer had considerably changed last weekend.

The food remains great, but the service also let it down last weekend. We knew we had a 2hr window, but we’re constantly reminded of it during the meal and even had the mains arrive when we hadn’t finished the starters! Shame because it ruined our appreciation of the food.

Won’t be coming back for the brunch unfortunately.

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistently great food, bao buns in particular are delicious

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JL
Brighton
10 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent selection of food options. Very good "modern" Japanese food. Great lively ambience.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I've been here 3 times and the food is authentic, well presented and delicious. The Korean fried wings are a must. Could eat those every day.

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SL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and good price

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LH
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in London. I use any excuse to book a table & eat my weight in buns. Service is always excellent.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very lovely restaurant. Wanted to find a place that was authentic and this definitely ticks that box. Went for lunch when it was quiet. Ordered Buns and sushi, all was delicious! Highly recommend this spot and the staff were lovely.
The only downside i have is that it is quite expensive. i had lunch for 2 and it cost £90, but that did include two cocktails, starters and mains.

Overall Lovely experience, would definitely go again, but be a bit smarter when ordering as a lt of food was left over.

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