Flesh & Buns

4.5
2025 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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.
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JY
London
3 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Butter tataki was a surprising delight, but honestly the sushi is terrible would not recommend

The only thing that i would come here is dessert and cocktails

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E
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food tasted delicious & was quick.

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JM
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good atmosphere and great service. Food generally very good but the Japanese fried chicken was no better than KFC! At nearly 70 a head I thought it wasn't great value for money.

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

My daughter recommended F prawn tempura rolls warm and tasty, salmon teriyaki beautifully presented and mouth watering; soft, perfect steamed bao... and so much more! Lychee martini was dangerously yum. Friendly but unobtrusive service; buzzy atmosphere. Very very good indeed.

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KW
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food as always. We regularly dine here. Worst part of the experience is how the minute you walk in the door they tell you they need the table back in two hours. I hate hate hate this! Usually the speed of service is what determines how long a meal takes so in my opinion it’s down to the restaurant to manage that rather than make you feel unwelcome on arrival. Also, the tables are very tightly packed, have had a few scenarios where I literally feel I’m dining with the people next to me!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very tasty pre-theatre Asian Fusion menu. Prompt and courtesy service at a very fair price.

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DK
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We have been to Flesh &Buns a few times, and it's gotten a lot worse recently. Food is dry (duck was unusually dry, teriyaki salmon similarly so), and service was a lot worse (slow, cold staff) than what we were were used to from . They also adjusted their menu for buns to exclude any sides, so they are charging extra for three slices of cucumber and a leaf of

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PB
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good place for a romantic meal. I was able to have a really nice drink with many of my close friends who I was acquainted with. Has a authentic Japanese feel and also allows you to experience a little bit of the culture! 10/10. Defo would come back. Pricing is decent for the quality!

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JM
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The pig belly was under cooked and tasteless this time..

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ED
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food for good set menu price and topped off with wonderful service by Mary-Jane! Would definitely recommend

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HW
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time coming here in the past 4 months for dinner and is by far my favourite restaurant in London!

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GD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the set menu of three courses! Good options that will appeal to most, as well as allowing you to taste the star of the the show - the 'Flesh & Buns' and divine desserts (rather unexpectedly!) Donuts and Creme Brûlée are highly recommended. Smores looked amazing at the next table over. As for 'Flesh & Buns' I'd recommend the duck leg, the piglet belly or even the fried chicken! Very impressed by the service that the boyfriend even tipped (something he doesn't do often!)

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Fun atmosphere

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I
Essex
5 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was what we expected, a casual & relax atmosphere, ok for me it can be a little bit noisy but it’s tolerable. The service is friendly, nothing is a bother with our servers & the food was good too. I can recommend the sticky chicken, steak & of course the buns. I’ll surely comeback here again. We had a lovely evening.

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YH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner there with a friend who was visiting London. Services was great and the food even better. Nice relaxed ambience. We both enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend.

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LQ
London
181 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to Flesh and Buns before going to the Donmar Theatre just next door. As always, the service was quick and the food delicious. We had the duck and crispy pork belly--and with the sauces and buns, they were a taste treat. The aubergine is meltingly good and I had a great non-alcoholic cocktail. All is all, a great meal and not too expensive.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful tasting menu served by the friendliest of staff.

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DD
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden - 1st time visit. Was pleasantly surprised. Food was good, service was excellent. Would recommend. Prices were reasonable.

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L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We absolutely loved our meal at Flesh and Buns, we had the pre theatre menu and great value with 3 courses for £24. The food was delicious and very plentiful, we will definitely be returning.

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S
London
15 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food , lovely wine and good atmosphere. Have frequented this restaurant numerous times & I love coming back every time.
Will be back soon !!!

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ST
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and great atmosphere. Perhaps a bit expensive for what it is but I really enjoyed.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time have friends visit me, flesh and bun always the best choice!

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

The server was very helpful in providing us with suggestions and was very attentive.

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

Great service and amazing food! Really loved the ambiance of the restaurant as well. Will definitely come back soon. The smores are a must try - didnt expect to enjoy passion fruit-flavored marshmallows so much!!

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CS
Cancun
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not cheap but worth the money. Very tasty. Staff very friendly.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Ottimo cibo, bell'atmosfera

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SI
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff brought extra buns with a smile every time. Itt was a pleasure to be served by them

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors and great service

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty and interesting food, great atmosphere, friendly staff and served nice and quickly!

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f
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We discovered Flesh and Buns while looking for a place to dine at Covent Garden. They did not disappoint!! The food was fun and creative, with a great blend of flavors! We enjoyed the vegetarian options in particular: the spicy edemame, corn and aubergine. The bao buns were light and airy. Our only comment is that some the portions are enormous and we wish our server had warned us about this.
And... don’t miss eating the Mochi; a perfect bite to end a great meal!

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BM
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I only ever used to go to this place on a sunday for their bottomless brunch but they've changed it so its not fully bottomless now and the wine is no longer included in the deal so works out more expensive, not such good value for money now, food is still great but i wont be coming here as often, maybe once per year instead of once a month. All good things come to an end.

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SK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First experience was excellent, would definitely return!

Prosecco was flowing and the amount of food was unbelievable... It also tasted amazing and looked beautiful!

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PP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, service not bad. They accommodated us, even though we arrived early. My only issue is that if you have food left over, they have no provisions to allow you to take home what is left over and have paid for. Effectively yours. Especially when you pay £160 for two adults two children.
We even asked for some tin foil, so that we could wrap up the food. They couldn’t do this.

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CM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Well worth going, food was fantastic and the staff were attentive, even at a busy time.

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I little brother who is 12yrs old love it. He is a little bit difficult to please but he loved this place specially the dessert ( marshmallows with biscuits)

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AS
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My only complaint would be the quantity of food related with the price.
In general the dishes could have a bigger portion or be cheaper, that's why I prefer to go on Sunday Brunch, pay a bit more per person but try the delicious menu until there is no room for more!

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic good, atmosphere and service. This review.

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MF
London
26 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A lively restaurant which I went to with my boys. We all enjoyed the food

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H
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love Flesh and Buns! Thanks for another amazing meal guys :)

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d
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Great food and idea but service was very poor. Got order wrong numerous times, confusing us with another table and also taking a very long time to pay the bill.

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