Flesh & Buns

4.5
1902 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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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
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FA
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there twice to make sure we try as many items as possible from the menu. Everything tasted authentic and delicious. The waiters are all very welcoming and friendly. The place isn’t cheap but surely worth it.

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BT
Austin
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, super fun scene, would highly recommend.

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

Great food, exceptional service and a great experience.

Ideal for a small group or a cheeky date.

My 2nd visit in 6wks and if my diary was clearer would go back again real soon!

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MS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed eating here however a slight mix up when asking for ‘two lots of buns’ for one of us, meant I ate them all and my friend had none... because I thought i’d Ordered four as per the menu!she was too kind to tell me! Thankfully she had rice as well 🙈

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

Recently came here for a birthday dinner and it was great fun. The original booking was for 4 people, the restaurant managed to fit us in for a group of 5 people. It was the perfect setting for a girly birthday dinner - catch up. The ambience was fitting and the vibrant cocktail list was on point too. The price was reasonable considering we ate everything on the menu. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and family.

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

We went there as a family for my son‘s 12th birthday as it’s one of his favorite restaurants - it llived up to all our expectations, both food and service. Highly recommended.

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

great food and service as always

GET BEEF TATAKI ON THE MENU!

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NR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely legendary. The food is amazing, the service is great. the drinks selection is amazing, alcoholic and non alcoholic. The atmosphere is superb. I have literally nothing bad to say about this place. The food left me me in shock.. the wagyu Steak is out is this world. Just go there.

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FV
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really attentive staff, never really had to call them over- Probably one of the best services I've had. We were given helpful advice from friendly staff. In addition, the amazing food makes a really winning combination. Will have to visit again.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Amazing Sunday brunch here. Have been here twice for brunch and once for dinner. Brunch is good value, good wine and even better food. Second time round the service was slightly slower and we had to ask a couple of times for our glasses to be refilled (its a bottomless brunch) but all in all a great experience.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Was a recommendation, but was disappointed with the food, presentation wasn’t great, was expecting a bit more, for prices charged for mains. Fried chicken was too salty, ribeye steak at £21.00 was far too expensive for what was presented. Overall ambience was great, food disappointing, service was good.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good atmosphere and nice food! The s’mores are really delicious!

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our waiter that served us the most, I think his name was Sharm, from St. Lucia, he was lovely.

Overall the waiters had to be called and we could have done with a little more checkin’ in. The food, especially buns were very good. The chicken dishes could have chicken off the bone for children. Sushi Rolls were ok.

I liked the personality of the waiters a lot - the staff made my mum feel really special for her birthday.

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AP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

Last night we visited your restaurant (Covent Garden) to celebrate my father's birthday. We chose your restaurant as I thoroughly enjoy your food and choose to visit and recommend often.

Upon arriving I asked the waiter what mocktails were on offer. He proceeded to reel off a list whilst I opened the menu and then pointed to the one he was describing which included Vodka. I accepted the said drink (pomegranate & lychee martini) and then made a point of saying "with no vodka". When the drink arrived and I had a couple of sips, I soon realised that it had been made with vodka. We told the waitress and she then sent another waitress to come and explain that it's premixed and I should've ordered the other lychee martini as that doesn't have vodka. At the time, I didn't want to make a big deal and ruin our evening but as I am 14 weeks pregnant and have abstained from alcohol for the duration of my pregnancy, I was shocked at the lack of apology once I had explain this fact. Had it been said when I had ordered, I would not have chosen that 'cocktail'.

I am emailing as I am incredibly appalled that I was mistakenly given a high percentage alcohol and the only discount we received was a refund of the drink itself. I would not consciously choose to have an alcoholic drink during pregnancy, so to do this due to someone else mistake is extremely upsetting. The apology we received, was not satisfactory enough for the possible implications that this could cause.

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply lovely! Really enjoyed it
Thought the plates come out when they’re ready, so don’t expect all at once.
We did wait a while for our larger dishes

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GB
New England
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very very very tasty . For main course recomend the 1/2 chicken, the hot spicey beef on rice stone

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OT
London
24 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner. Wonderful and interesting food. Reasonably priced, good service and a packed ambience.

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NC
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The bar was very noisy when we arrived - as we edge dining as a 2, being sat on a long table opposite each other wasn’t ideal. However, as we were brunching, the noise became less of an issue as we had a drink and the lunchtime crowds disappeared.

We had to wait almost 20 minutes to get our first drink. But otherwise the drink flowed nicely - until the manager (Anna) gave us a tiny top up and announced that was our last. We then asked a waiter for one more top up (as we’d ordered more food) and we could see a Anna then tell him off - even though we had to wait at the outset for the welcome drink(!)

The food was really tasty. The broccoli never arrived - we ordered it at the beginning and then towards the end from Anna. Anna also queried our food order as we ordered more towards at the end of the booking (it’s bottomless small plates!) and we explained we didn’t really want dessert (which confused her). When I was in the queue to the ladies, lots of people seemed to be discussing Anna querying - and reducing - their food orders...

So on the whole - great! The waiting staff are excellent and manage a busy and vibrant restaurant well. Anna was inflexible and maybe needs to learn from her waiting staff.

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LH
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and drinks! We did the £46 menu which was still good value. Would go again.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappointed with a trip to Flesh and Buns. The food is out of this world good. Their brunch is quite good value for money too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, we had the set menu so we could try lots of dishes - it was so much food, too much for us, but each was delicious and looked gorgeous.

The S’mores dessert is a visual treat too, served as an open fire pit at your table 👌🏼

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious food but really rushed service. Staff weren’t too friendly either.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Great ambience and service with a lot of options for vegetarian and non. Food was a bit below par- lacked in flavour and seasoning. Sushi rolls didn’t taste very fresh. Beef buns were good but more sauces and seasoning needed. Lovely waitress and service throughout.

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JW
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Second time visiting here. It's a lively restaurant with a busy atmosphere. The food is excellent. I withdraw one star from the service however, as two items from our order never arrived. I managed to remind them for one of them and it was hastily delivered but the second just simply never materialised and we ended up forgetting! We weren't charged for the missing item though, and it didn't tarnish the evening in any significant way. Food is superb - get plates to share and you will enjoy it.

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GK
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A fun night out much enjoyed by our adult children. Suits the 20 - 30 age group particularly well. Asian wraps, sashimi and meat in buns is the full extent of the menu. Everything we had was very good and ticked all the boxes. In order to score more highly a less formulaic and more personal service would be important.

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JC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the tasting menu it was excellent and very good value

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EM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I am gluten free due to being a ceoliac. I ordered off the gluten free menua and informed the waiter who also wrote this information down. However when my main meal arrived, I double checked if it was gluten free and it turns out the meal was not. Luckily I double checked. When I asked to get it changed, it turned out all the fish had been marinated so there was no gluten free fish available. I had to reorder and wait a further 15 mins for my meal. The staff where very apologetic and accomadting, but if I hadn't asked if the meal was gluten free I would have eaten it and got very sick.

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LR
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went out for dinner here last Saturday and had the tasting menu - amazing!!!! Excellent range of food and really enjoyed the tasting menu, who knew Broccoli could taste so good?! Highly recommended.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The host Angelo was brilliant and accommodating. Went out of his way to make us feel welcome, we were also running quite late and he kindly held the table. We had bags on arrival where staff were more than happy to store it safely whilst we ate.

The food was delicious and speedy. The waiter was knowledgable and friendly. Decided to go for the tasting menu, had a wonderful selection of small sharing dishes over 3 courses. Loved the broccoli, the crispy squid & dessert (Passionfruit s’mores) it comes with an awesome mini stone bbq to melt them yourself. Fun way to end the meal. It was also my bf’s birthday, the staff added a lovely customised message with the dessert and sang happy birthday. Mind the prices of wine, you might get stung when you get the bill. Overall experience great. Truly appreciated the hospitality, would definitely recommend! :)

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a good time with friends for lunch. The food was good. The service was lacking slightly, as staff had to be asked for things twice.

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SM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Nice food and good service though very loud with large tables so hard to converse

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely time! Shame they changed the taster menu so that there wasn’t a glass of prosecco wasn’t included! But still tastes none the less

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MD
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Generally just fab as always. Staff are super friendly and food never disappoints.

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H
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went for a double date, was quiet enough to chat around the table, not super quiet though.
Food was excellent I recommend the flesh and buns. One order of flesh should be enough for 4 buns (they may say otherwise)
Korean chicken wings are a must they are fantastic and crispy

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R
Edinburgh
12 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food - would recommend

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DJ
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Flesh and Bone seem to be riding on the coattails of their sister restaurants.
The food was very poor. There wasn't that many people in the place - that should have been a hint.
Quite average apps, burnt main, and bland sauces.

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ET
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed our visit but service was sometimes hard to attract (the restaurant was not that full yet). However once we ordered service was efficient, polite and attentive. Food was good but we felt it was a touch pricey.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Amazing food and vibe but service needs some real work. Lots of staff but no one knows what they are doing. Staff have no idea what customer service is, worst service I’ve come across in a very long time. Real pity as the food and ambiance is great.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food with a really diverse menu. We had the tasting menu which gives a generous selection of foods to try and everything we had was delicious. Friendly and fast service. Will definitely visit again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Ordered the set menu which was great value for money. The food was very good although the duck leg was slightly dry. The salmon was great. However, I really didn't like the table seating option. I thought I booked a seperate table however we were placed on a table. Although we were on the end, I would have felt claustrophobic if it was in the central part, and for the price of the food, this is something that would have let down the evening. We were sitting shoulder to shoulder to the other people next to us which was slightly uncomfortable. Other than that, the service was efficient and the sundae was fantastic.

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