Flesh & Buns Oxford Circus

4.5
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349 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.

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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 349 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was delicious and staff made an effort to create something for a member of our party who was vegan. I shared a mixed meat meal. The meat had delicious smoky flavours and the hot coal heating the dishes filled the space with an aroma that complimented the flavours of the food. We were given a lovely private dining area and really enjoyed the atmosphere.
I haven’t given a full 5 star rating as we found the menu quite confusing and inflexible. Even after staff explained options for large parties. We were encouraged on arrival to pick a set menu for simplicity’s sake, but with any of the set menus if one wanted it it was then a requirement that we all have it. This made it difficult as we had one or two people with differing dietary requirements at the table.
I also wasn’t that keen on the cocktail I had - peechee spritz.
Lady who looked after us was lovely 😊 Thanks

VD
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, good prices and portions

K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice evening. Pleasant atmosphere

N
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Chicken wings are great. Mains came too early that they got cold. Cocktails take too long to come but taste great

DP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helpful staff, fantastic food and fun vibe. I'll be back.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good. Absolutely love this place. Delicious food and cool interior. The crispy piglet belly is my favourite. And soft shell crab.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Music too loud for a restaurant, everything else was brilliant.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our waiter was super nice with great recommendations, we just found the waitress that came to tell us to leave the table as they needed to prepare it for the next person very abrupt and rude.

SJ
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The food was delicious but the service was awful.

It took 20 minutes and for us to complain before we were asked for drinks order

The waiting staff did not seem to understand the basics of service. For the price that was paid I expect a lot more. They appeared poorly trained and inexperienced (although all very friendly).

I could not recommend anyone attends here.

L
Houston
56 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food here was outstanding! The sushi was delicious and the flesh and buns meals were all so tasty!! The space is nice and roomy and the vibe is relaxed but chic and upscale. Will definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Bar staff were good. Cocktails reasonable.

Dinning service was too quick. We felt rushed. New plates were been sent to the table constantly and some of the food was not of a quality I would expect for the price charged.

MK
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

the scallops asparagus dish was very very spicy, full of chili so a little warning would be good.
It took a little too long to clear our plates

AH
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and atmosphere - can't wait to return.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent throughout

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AmaZing food And service . Great value! Definitely coming back for more ! :-)

RJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Beautiful restaurant. Really welcoming front of staff however our waitress was quite blunt and wasn’t able to make recommendations. Also felt like we were rushed. However, the food was delicious. I may return on a fri or sat night when the atmosphere may be better as it felt a little cold.

a
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely space and charming staff. The food is incredibly good. Different flavours and a big choice. The actual buns are not my favourite thing in general, but all the dishes we had were fresh, delicious and very well presented. Delighted to have discovered this place. We had lunch but I bet it is great fun in the evening as well.

HH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The miso aubergine was superb. Staff were accommodating to us being late and were very friendly

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bottomless brunch. Very generous

R
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Loud clubby atmosphere.
Shared table other people we dont know or offered bar despite booking.
Expensive but tasty And unusual food.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food! Slightly pricey though !

PL
Munich
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice place. Cool style. Good food! I will go there again for sure

CF
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I tried the testing menu. It was so good, and quite big!

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

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 on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on 19 October 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MN
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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 on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

BM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

L
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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

P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
32 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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