Flesh & Buns Oxford Circus

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325 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
Flesh & Buns was the first restaurant in London dedicated to steamed bao and Japanese drinking food. Expect fluffy steamed buns with gutsy fillings, plus loads more plates to share. This is unusual, yet addictive, Japanese-inspired food served in a Izakaya setting.

Special Offers

Maki Monday

Mondays only.Choose form small platter of maki selection for £10 ( 5pcs of salmon avocado roll, 5pcs of miso avocado roll, 5pcs of spicy tuna roll) or large platter of maki for £20 (10pcs of salmon avocado roll, 5psc of prawn tempura roll, 5pcs of spicy tuna roll, 5pcs miso avocado roll, 6pcs of avocado roll).

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 1 May 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Mon 12:00-15:00 17:00-22:00

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Sun 3:00PM - 9:30PM
Mon - Tue 12:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Thu 12:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM
Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:30PM - 11:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

What 325 People Are Saying
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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Disaster, that's all I can say. I pre booked this restaurant around 6 weeks before we got there, I ashed if they could get a nice bottle of Pinot Grigio wine for my partner as we were getting engaged, on arrival they didn't do that wine but the worst thing was that they took our order and when we asked where the food was nearly an hour later they admitted that they'd forgot about us. This was supposed to me my engagement dinner which had been totally spoiled. The manager did say he'd make amends but the fact that the restaurant was due to close within an hour made us just walk out.
The service is terrible , but as for the food we never got a chance to try it . Not Happy !

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

We had a birthday celebration there and the staff really took care of us. The food was good, but the menu was confusing and require detailed explanation.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time at this restaurant, however, we shared a lot of the small plates and everything was really spicy without any info about that in the meny. That is something that can be improved! But food was good and staff superfrienfdly!

B
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food- wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the food and the experience ! totally recommend this place

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

Such a great place for a first date, group of friends or anything. Fun and upbeat vibe. A button at the table to hail the sour trolley and really tasty and unique dishes. Will definitely be back!

AB
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing - although everything came really quickly so it might have been better to have slightly longer breaks in between meals.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I find it a little bit overpriced BUT the food is amazing, the service outstanding (very friendly professional staff) and the place beautiful.

DP
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very enjoyable experience, the Bao buns were lighter than a cloud and the smoked meats were very tasty. Interesting to see touches of peruvian influences in the food coming through with the use of rocoto peppers and other touches.
The open kitchen was great to see
The restaurant had a great atmosphere and looked very upmarket...this was nicely balanced by a relaxed and attentative service from the FOH team.
Would recomend in a heart beat.
Thanks

R
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, lovely helpful staff. Even on a Monday evening it was buzzy enough.

BM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was tasty, though it is more expensive than the last time I was there.
Not much variety for children on the menu though.
Highly recommend the buns and the brisket!

RR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food
Great service
Crap bar seating next to kitchen spoilt an otherwise fab evening. Will phone ahead next time. Personally prefer Covent Garden branch.

YY
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Not sure why but we felt that the food was quite a lot better at the Covent Garden location.

That said, the staff were absolutely lovely, the service was excellent, and we had a very nice time.

J
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing service. Good food and new concepts of serving the food.

L
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Way too much food quantity wise and not so memorable. Price ok, but not really worth the detour.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were rushed throughout our meal. Other than that, goood!

P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and vibe ! Going back to it soon. Friday evening perfect for catch with friends or even for a date night.

S
30 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food and good value with the pre-theatre menu. Good services overall. However, they would need more waiting staff who know about sake.

AM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really lovely meal, worth checking if you’ll be sitting at the bar if you’d prefer a table when you book as we weren’t expecting bar seats. Good atmosphere and food was delicious!

BN
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing and the service was really good but the music was so loud and real club-vibes, so not good for chatting

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

Amazing food and service. Very nice place. A little bit overpriced but overall good experience.

LE
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service, highly recommend, will definitely be back

KG
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and vibe! The staff is very nice and supportive, quick to reply to any inquiries. Food was delivered quickly even though the venue was rather busy. And we had our proposal here, so it's super special to us right now. Totally recommend it!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawless food and service. A bit pricey but worth it nonetheless!

S
Edinburgh
13 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good. The ambience, was ok but the loud music was not necessary and a little off putting. The service was very slow and erratic. That said, when they did attend to our table they were very friendly and helpful.
Overall though we felt that the loud music and slow service lets this place down.

E
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious bao buns

A
Black Forest
17 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food and service. Buzzing atmosphere.

N
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

been there a few times and never tire of it! Lovely food and great pisco sour table button!

LK
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

A button on the table said "push for pisco sour" but the waitress didn't explain to us how this worked. So we pushed the button, it lit up.. then turned off. When no one came to our table after 5 minutes to ask if we wanted a drink, we pressed it again a few times, then assumed it wasn't working. The waitress came over 10 minutes after we had sat down to ask what we wanted to drink at which point we told her the button wasn't working and we'd like two pisco sours. Still not explaining how the button worked the waitress went to place the order (we assume). A while later a barman came and asked if we had ordered pisco sours via the button. We said yes but assumed it wasn't working because nothing had happened and we had since ordered it through one of his colleagues. It took another 15 minutes and the arrival of the first couple dishes before someone else came over with our pisco sours. A waitress came over with one of our dishes and we asked if we could order some wine. She said she would get one of her colleagues to come over to take the order. A further 10 minutes passed without anyone coming over. Eventually the same girl came back and took our order - why she was able to take it now but not before we had no idea. Eventually we had the drinks we wanted. The first three dishes were good but After these dishes they forgot about us because we waited 20 minutes before anyone noticed we were still waiting. Finally another member of staff (we had now been seen by 6 different staff members: clearly disorganised), asked if we wanted to order anything else to which we replied that we were still waiting for 3 dishes! He checked, apologised and our food came out pretty quickly. My partner is a chef and we both determined the salmon ceviche to be off and did not finish it. Luckily this was taken off the bill at the end however no further discount was offered despite the chaotic and delayed service experienced. Both of us work in hospitality so are particularly disappointed.

SM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

As usual food is fantastic. Service was a little slow for a Monday night. They had also run out of wood chips so couldn't make a Smokey Old fashioned which is our favourite. Also where we sat was quite dark but apart from that a lovely Anniversary meal.

l
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner was very good!

JR
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, good looking venue, cocktails are a must try

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very nice fusion food, well presented and tasty even though the sound volume is very high and make chatting a bit more . challenging.

JM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great - service wasn’t though

HL
London
166 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal. The miso aubergine in buns was wonderful. The sushi offer (or is it maki?) is good value for money but two people could easily share, so I'd recommend that.

RR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic dinner here.....everything was delicious & all the staff were brilliant. Will definitely go back!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Served raw chicken.

BL
London
11 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have a blowout

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Over complicated system of ordering ‘flesh’ and buns. You can only order buns in multiples of 4 for no good reason.
Japanese chicken v nice. Salmon teriyaki dry and unappetising.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food too greasy
Service -trying to hard and they were always behind us which didn’t letbus relax