Flesh & Buns Oxford Circus

4.6
852 reviews
£26 to £40
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.

Experiences

  • Bottomless Sunday Brunch

    £39.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    FREE-FLOWING PROSECCO, RED WINE, WHITE WINE OR LAGER INCLUDED SERVED TO THE TABLE Chips & Dips Edamame SMALL DISHES (3 per person) Korean Fried Wings Salmon avocado roll Chicken Yakitori California Roll Ceviche Mixto Fried Squid Salmon Sashimi FLESH & BUNS (includes two buns per person) Crispy Piglet belly Japanese Fried Chicken Chilli Miso Brisket Portobello Mushrooms DESSERTS Nutella Croissant tai Yaki Chocolate mousse
  • Dine Local: 7 courses tasting menu

    £40.00 per person

    Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2021

    Come celebrate Dine Local this September at Flesh and Buns Oxford Circus. Enjoy our amazing tasting menu with 7 courses to share. Featuring lots of signature dishes including Korean fried wings, chilli miso brisket, and S'more. *Minimum 2 people, to be served to the entire table. Not suitable for Vegans. -Chips and Dips -Korean fried wings -Tiradito selection -Smoked pork rib -Salmon Teriyaki -Chilli miso brisket -S'more

Offers

  • Collect 1,000 bonus points

    Mon - Wed 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Receive points for dining rewards, KAYAK hotel savings and more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 852 People Are Saying
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Maro
London
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Second time coming here and it just wasn’t the one, unfortunately. The service was really good, they almost brought the food out a bit too quick.

Vibe was good.

Food wasn’t great tbh. Sushi wasn’t all that, chicken wings were terrible and buns were ok

LR
LouiseR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great venue. Going again this week!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great food, service very average!

WB
WillB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great service. Mediocre food. Overpriced.

London has MANY exciting Pan-Asian/Asian-Fusion restaurants.

Staff, don't do this; Pressure your guests to make an order using 'we need the table back at 2030' as a reason. Especially when the table isn't needed at 2030 and especially when it isn't used for the rest of the night. (I passed the restaurant an hour later on the way home to find no one was sat at our table)

Sake cocktail drowned the delicate flavour of the sake.

PH
PhoebeH
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Great staff and great place to eat, but the food itself wasn’t great. We had ceviche and it mainly tasted like chilli - I imagine the meat and buns might be better

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Florence
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Poke dons are a great option for lunch! Wish they had their full pokedon menu again though

AG
AndrewG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bottomless brunch. Excellent service and food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ramanita was absolutely amazing! She even taught us some amazing Lithuanian words we can use to our work colleagues! Thank you for the great hospitality!

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rigos1
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Loved the food from the spicy tuna to the Miso Brisket main.
The ceviche was too sour for my liking and very little fish on the plate.
Noise and music made it really hard to have a conversation.
Service very good and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Terrible food. Cold. Synthetic. Won’t return

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, really friendly and nice.
Did the brunch. Continuous filled up our glasses.
Good food !!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Delicious food in a lively ambiance

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food was served very cold, the steak was not freshly made and the wings were chewy enough that we couldn’t eat them.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice ambience and food.

TM
TamaraM
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

the food was very tasty but the portions are on the smaller side!

LA
LdeA
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great and the service good.

Unfortunately, the hostess was fussily accommodating of the fact that we were 45 minutes early although there were plenty of empty tables and it remained that way well past our allocated booking time. Given seating availability, it would have also been nice to have a table where we could face each other rather than the "bar" seats facing the open kitchen, where I did notice one chef who had their mask below their nose the entire time...

Music was a bit too techno but the ambience was nice and the menu made me nostalgic for Peru.

SW
SudeshaW
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, especially the Japanese fried chicken bao buns!!

AK
AlexandraK
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We loved all the food we had and the service was very good.

SD
ShelleyD
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was slow but food was nice. They missed a couple of things when I ordered them, so had to reorder. Food is locely though, always enjoy Flesh & Buns

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Ishi
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food, good atmosphere, friendly staff, great for a date night

J
vipJay2012
London
123 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, food here was delicious and well cooked, well recommended

NW
NWLondon
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I came to Flesh and Buns after trying the delicious pork rib at the Taste Festival in London earlier this year. We ordered the torched salmon sashimi, short beef rib mains and the pork rib mains (both coming with baos) and the doughnuts. The torched salmon was average and sliced too thinly to have a proper sear (the sauce was also too sour). The short beef rib was ok but the smokey flavour was so strong that I almost suspect some sort of liquid smoke was used ... I know the waiter mentioned that the ribs were smoked for several hours.. but even when I talked to my friend hours after the meal, I could still taste a strong smokey flavour on my breath. I felt like I had been smoking. At the festival, I recall paying something around £7 for one pork rib. At the restaurant the pork rib they served was almost the same size as I had at the festival but £27 (with two baos). I think for the price for the main pork rib I expected two or three. The pork rib was tasty but very overpriced. The doughnuts were very tasty and the highlight. I'm grateful the restaurant deducted the cost of that dish (because they forgot the initial order and we had to remind them). Service was good and the restaurant had a nice ambiance but just a bit disappointed with the pricing and some of the dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I did the bottomless brunch for £39 and it was out of this world! From the moment we sat down the drinks were flowing and the food was outstanding. Will 100% be coming back!

JB
JoeB
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Nice place, good service, buns were tasty but expensive. Very good wings. Poke bowl was very poor! Purple brocoli side was a few meagre limp bits of greens, soaked in sauce and covered in something crunchy, not good.
Overall, some tasty stuff but overpriced. Much better experience when we came a few years ago.

CG
CharlotteG
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Our food was great, flavour great, tasting menu was very generous. But unfortunately this was spoilt by the extremely loud repetitive music they were playing. We couldn’t hear each other talk. I asked them to turn it down a bit, the front of house stared at me not responding and pretended to but didn’t 😂 I then asked the waitress who said she would try and she couldn’t hear when doing orders either. It stayed loud for a long time. I wouldn’t recommend because of this. My friend had been before and said the loud music was a new thing. Totally unnecessary on a Wednesday night no one looked like they were after a party.
The food was coming out super quick. So we had to ask them to slow down because they would bring another course without finishing the first one. Struggling to get all the plates on the table they didn’t get the hint. To be fair after we asked they did slow down.
Lovely food ruined by very loud music and a rude front of house unfortunately for a expensive meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Solid as always

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really delicious meal and fantastic service.

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Lulu
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely incredible and the service was excellent

BM
BazMistry
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience with very tasty food. Very good service, you have to try the Smores dessert.

FB
FrankieB
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, off a quiet street, good service with lovely waitors

SO
SOFIAM
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing, but the service to the table was very slow, all dishes came at a different time, and my sister's dish (birthday girl) was the last to come so we all watched her eat.

SB
SadeB
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The food was exceptional, however as soon as we arrived we were told several times that we only had the table for 2 hours and then rushed through a tasting menu with no real time to enjoy it or catch up with my friends who I had not seen in 3 years. It is a shame because the staff seemed lovely but it wasn't a super enjoyable experience because it felt very much like they wanted us to eat and leave as fast as possible.

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Miguel
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was superb. I couldn’t recommend it enough. Cannot wait to be back!

MP
vipMissP
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab food and nice atmosphere 😀

IG
IsaGatcha
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for your service. My daughter and I enjoyed our stay and we'll be back soon.

MZ
MahsaZ
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Insane food. Still drooling. Every dish was to die for. We went with a group of friends and we all agreed we have not eaten anywhere before where every course was delicious

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Lisi
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and very good service

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Lucy
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I appreciate they've been closed for a while but the decor was tired, I thought it looked quite dirty and we were put in the corner and ignored all evening. It took the staff an hour to clean away our dirty plates, and we often had food placed on the table that wasn't ours despite us saying we hadn't ordered it, and the waiter left, came back and then picked it up and moved it to the correct table. Consider it's corona times I personally thought that was really unhygienic and I would have sent it back if that happened to me. We also waited 40 minutes for the bill...would I go here again? No...

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kind and attentive staff, great food as always!

Flesh & Buns Oxford Circus
Responded on 24 August 2021

Dear Guest I'm so pleased to read that everything has been up to expectations We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon! Warm regards,

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LaurenK
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We opted for the Sunday brunch and I’m so glad we did! There was so much food and it was all so delicious! I can’t stop thinking about the food and I can’t wait to go back with more friends! They also made sure you always had a full glass of bubbly 😍

Flesh & Buns Oxford Circus
Responded on 24 August 2021

Dear Guest I'm so pleased to read that everything has been up to expectations We hope to welcome you back soon for another brunch! Warm regards,

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