Flesh & Buns Oxford Circus

4.5
268 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

Express Lunch & pre theatre menu: 1 small, 1 large £22 & dessert £24

From a set menu. Menu must be selected by the entire table. Vegetarian Options available.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 26 March 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-18:45 22:00-23:00

1,000-Point Tables

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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 268 People Are Saying
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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Promising start .....but with a salty finish.

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

We went for the Sunday brunch and we were totally satisfied with the meal.
The place was very quiet (we went for an early one, so that might be the reason) and we ordered the salmon teryiaki, the japanese chicken and the BBQ beef ribs.
Plenty of food to eat and to share, but had to order an extra portion of buns as two each were not enough if you want to eat all the meat with the buns.
For dessert we went for the Nutella croissant (not really a croissant), but it was a massive portion and really nice. Not a fan of the ice cream with it, but that is down to personal taste.
Overall I will totally recommend the restaurant and I will definitely go back again!

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

Good service. Nice cocktail menu and well cooked food. Brunch menu has some interesting options.

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

Still my favourite place to eat in London but somehow there was a lack of polish this evening. First lot of chips and dips wasn't great (stale chips) and they failed to respond to the Pisco button for 10 minutes and multiple presses. Tolerable but the excuse that they were busy didn't really cut it as it would have only taken a second to come and say so. Feeling ignored is the worst.

K
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is outstanding. It is pricy but it is worth it. They have an express lunch menu but I don't think you actually save that much money from the normal prices. Cocktails are also very very good. Staff are very nice and friendly but have found service to be slow every time I have been. I was planning on ordering dessert but no one came around for ages so we just got the bill. Restaurant is very very loud when it gets busy. I felt like I had to shout to my partner to have a conversation. Overall though I will be back as the food it too good.

CJ
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fabulous food! Must get the piglet belly and the pork ribs!

GT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Food was great with generous portions, particularly liked the ribs with yellow chilli sauce - outstanding! As a fan of Bone Daddies, Flesh and Buns was no disappointment. Just don't order too much...

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Flesh & Buns was awesome! The food was fabulous as were the service. Our waiter was very helpful with helping the kids what they wanted. You won’t regret eating in this place.

BJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Foods was amazing, good service. Will definitely recommend it.

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

We were a group of five. It was our first time and we went with the tasting menu. One of oddities about choosing the tasting menu the whole table has to and requires a minimum of two. You kinda get a raw deal if your group happens to have odd number of people. It works better if you have even numbers in the group.

Overall experience would rate it a 4. Our waiter unfortunately was rude. However all the other staff (hostess, assistant waiters were a pleasure to deal with). The sushi and ceviche were OK. The sea bass, gnocchi, crispy duck were brilliant. The brisket was good.

OT
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really yummy food. Good service.

RJ
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening, with great food and service. Our waitress was super lovely, friendly and helpful. Advised us of the Pre-Theatre menu which we incidentally ordered all of our food from, meaning we got it for a discounted rate.
Cocktails are delicious and food is very tasty!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Nice restaurant, lovely food but awful service. Our waiter was just dreadful. Inattentive, uninterested and unprofessional.

Fortunately the food is great and it’s a really nice restaurant just bad luck with our waiter.

S
London
26 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First time here and will definitely return as food was great!

RS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional! We had the piglet belly and rabbit katsu from the 'flesh and bun' section of the menu, and the smoker sharing platter, which we shared between three, along with 4 bao buns each. This was the perfect amount of food for three people, we were well and truly stuffed by the end of our meal. The bao buns were perfectly light and fluffy, and the fillings were delicious, the beef tongue and cheek from the smoking platter were a highlight, as well as the piglet belly. It would have been good to have had a few more salady bits to fill the baos with, we got a small bowl of pickled carrot and onion, which wasn't really enough for all three of us to share. The sauces were really tasty. The only criticism of the meal was the cocktails we ordered post-meal which were really not great, we had an Okinawa Fizz and a coffee based cocktail (can't remember the name) which were really weak and not tasty at all. That being said, the experience was really great, we will definitely be back!

NR
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience in flesh and buns is always 10/10 and the service and the food is absolutely amazing! I wish I remembered the name of the lady we had serve me and my girlfriend but she truly was lovely. She provided us with the tastiest recommendations for dessert as well as starters. Not to mention the Pico Sour button which is at your table, you press it and you a waiter comes to your table and makes it there and then. Before 19:00 they are 2 for 1. Honestly.. need I say more?

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The sushi was excellent, and much better than what you can find at Nobu and Sake no Hana. The shrimp was exquisite as well.

CB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice food and concept, service could have been better was slightly confused and rushed

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience - super friendly waiter, food was yummy and great weekend brunch value

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Great food but terrible service - so slow and had to constantly be trying to get somebody’s attention. Not good for a Friday or Saturday night as Ruined the vibe of the evening

R
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved Flesh & Buns Poke-don experience. Thank you.

SK
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite Japanese resteraunt! Food is simply delicious. I recommend the tenderstem broccoli, spicy Edamame, korean chicken wings and the salt and pepper squid!! Sushi is good too

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Poke Don is quite small for the price. Air con is too strong and very cold inside.

E
London
17 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

Fantastic poke bowls. Quick service and everything sampled was delicious.

SL
London
9 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was very poor and the restaurant was not full

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cool Peruvian/Japanese place. I would recommend sitting in the Japanese style tables if you can get a group together.
If you can get there after 10 the prices are very good value

AB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Booked a couple of weeks ahead & when we got there on time our table was not ready. Went to the bar to wait & have a drink. After 15 minutes waitress offered us a table by the busy bar & not in main restaurant. We turned it down & waited a further 15 minutes for the table we had originally booked. A disappointing start to our evening but overall we enjoyed our visit to this restaurant. Thought the meats which were smoked were a little too smoky but otherwise food was good. Our waitress serving at our table was also friendly & helpful.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Romina was an excellent waitress! Korean fried chicken wings were some of the best I’ve ever had.

SM
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of my favourite fusion eateries in London. The menu never fails to entice, while the design and ambience of the place is first rate. Most recently tried the new Poke Don lunchtime bowl menu. Lots of variety here. Ordered the Diced Salmon but was served a sashimi mix instead (they were very busy). Look forward to going back and trying more.

DH
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is great, and it’s a nice spot - if a little disco (beware, the music is *loud*). Service a bit hit and miss for the price. But generally a fun night, and great to have pisco sours mixed at the table.

J
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The £2 don offer is absolutely amazing but I was a bit disappointed. Firstly, the staff served us the wrong don, two bowls of salmon don. However, we ordered two beef dons and two portions of salmon sashimi. Well I can understand since it is a new restaurant crowded with people for the offer and they did serve the right one at the end. Beef don tasted nice but they didn't slice the beef before serving. They should cause beef is chewy and you cannot actually use knife and fork when eating don. And we felt awkward trying to cut the beef with our teeth. About the sashimi, it was fresh and delicious. But for £4.5 per portion(2 pcs), I expected it to be thicker.

NW
London
35 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time. The venue is elegant and stylish. The staff were delightful, very professional and engaging. We loved the concept and the food. My guest and I thoroughly enjoyed the dishes we ordered and we would definitely return it was so good.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in London! You must visit it more than once until you try all the bun plates 😜🤤

AN
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ordered the Monday Maki. It was very good value for the price. Not the best sushi I've had, but the meat and bun dishes are fantastic here.

AN
London
18 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service- will go back!

JC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and great helpful service overall, just too a few asks to get our bill!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whole experience was good and a lot of fun. Fast attentive service with amazing food. Truly top class

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

we had a great waiter from lithuania who's name began with C who was ace..talked us through the menu and was really attentive!!

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

Always extremely nicely food, amazing service a real pleasure being there with friends and family!!! Top quality!!!!

C
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Even though the restaurant was not full, the hostess that sat us told us we only had a 2 hour table as she began to turn her back on us! First of all, there must be a calmer and more polite way to advise us since this seemed very dismissive. The food was either too sweet or too salty. The wait staff was excellent, they made up for all the rest of the negatives.

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