Flesh & Buns Covent Garden 22

41 Earlham Street , London, WC2H 9LX

9 reviews

48 Japanese Covent Garden

SquareMeal Review of Flesh & Buns Covent Garden

Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016Since opening, Flesh & Buns has been one of those Marmite restaurants that readers either love or loathe. A follow-up to Soho hit Bone Daddies, this is Ross Shonhan's take on an izakaya joint: loud, boisterous and lots of fun. The menu features Japanese 'drinking food', so get stuck into the liquor list straightaway. Highlights include 14 types of saké, numerous Japanese whiskies and craft beers, plus Asian-themed cocktails such as the Kyuuri-Yuzu (dark rum and yuzu saké, blended with lime, cucumber and mint). Soak up the booze by ordering some ‘flesh’ – try crispy piglet belly with mustard miso, barbecue steak or salmon teriyaki, which you pile into "light and fluffy" steamed hirata buns. Capably executed sushi rolls, sashimi and tataki also feature, and we're addicted to the spicy/sour Korean wings. Fans also rate "the best duck in town” and the delicious DIY s'mores (passion fruit marshmallows with almond chocolate). “Friendly and efficient" service gets the nod too.

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden is recommended for

Buzzy | Cool | Fun | Dates | Group Dining 8 Plus | Bottomless Brunch

Special offers

Express Lunch & Pre Theatre Menu: £22/£24

From a set menu. Must be ordered by the whole table.

From: 09 July 2018

To: 05 September 2018

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Covent Garden Tube Station 119m

Leicester Square Tube Station 418m

Address

Address: 41 Earlham Street , London WC2H 9LX

Area: Covent Garden

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 5-11pm Sat 12N-11pm Sun 12N-9.30pm

Nearby Landmarks

Donmar Warehouse Theatre 45m

Cambridge Theatre 96m

Details

Telephone: 020 7632 9500

Website:

Cuisine: Japanese

7.4

Food & Drink: 7.4

Service: 7.2

Atmosphere: 7.3

Value: 6.8

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Nina K. silver reviewer 27 March 2017

I have actually attempted to make the wonderfully soft and fluffy buns that are found at Flesh and Buns so can understand how difficult they are to get perfect! The restaurant is buzzy and feels very trendy, but without the aloof staff. The concept is similar to Wagamamas in that you share a long, social table, but this adds to the atmosphere. You order the type of meat you would like and it comes with two buns. Sadly, for my greedy self, two are not enough, but surely you need enough buns to use up all your delicious meat? The pork belly is slow cooked and sticky and unctuous! The salmon is juicy and flavoursome. Constructing your bun is fun and the slightly sharp pickles break through the richness perfectly to make the most wonderful little, moist, tasty, sharp, rich and sweet buns. I would eat them every day if I could!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Nina K. silver reviewer 08 September 2016

We have been to this restaurant a few times and every time the food is delicious! The buns are so light and fluffy and the meats that go in the buns are cooked really well and are very tasty. The service is friendly and efficient and the atmosphere is fun and lighthearted. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

Tanya D. silver reviewer 30 September 2015

Hmmm, maybe its because I broke my rule of eating in a restaurant on a Sunday night when you don't get the freshest ingredients - some of it hanging over from Friday - and you don't get the best chef as this is the day the really good chefs have off that resulted in this dismal, overpriced meal. We went for the "tasting menu" thinking it would be fun to have 8 different dishes that it seemed like really good value but that was not to be. The chips and dips were delicious although the chips would crumble to bits in your hands but still tasted good. The sushi rolls were cold and tasteless like something from M&S, the fried squid was dry and tasteless, pork belly was just mostly pure fat and we left half of it, the plum sauce for the duck was awful and the s'mores were just, well, pointless. They looked very cool as it was delivered with a little flame for you to warm your marshmallow up with but whatever excitement you can get from a tasteless marshmallow and a dry, tasteless biscuit could never be saved by a cute fire feature. The chicken wing was not bad, nor was the duck and the nice fleshy bun but when you get a bill over £100 for a meal that was memorable for all the wrong reasons, you just left thinking about the delicious Asian food you could eat for half the price around the corner in China Town.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

BoatLady platinum reviewer 07 October 2014

The first problem with Flesh & Buns is the name: any standard red-blooded Londoner is expecting burgers. OK, they might be whizzy trendy burgers but basically still red meat and bread products. But Flesh & Buns is as far away from a burger joint as is possible to be. It is so far from the States it is in Japan. So the "flesh" is salmon teriyaki and the "buns" are actually doughy little dim sum type pockets. And that, for me, is the second problem. I don't really like dim sum. That should make it a relief that the "flesh & buns" concept is actually a fairly small part of the menu which includes multiple small dishes/appetizers with everything from sushi to fried squid, but it doesn't because I am actually disappointed that they haven't really had the courage of their convictions and stuck to the concept and the menu as a consequence feels rather bitty and uncommitted. As a group of 5 we had quite a range of the dishes on offer and I found them hit or miss: the Korean chicken wings absolutely blew my head off they were so spicy but the prawn tempura were light and lovely. As to the fleshy buns, well the meat itself was on the whole delicious (sticky piggy belly was the best) and actually the dim sum buns were unexpectedly pleasant, amazingly melting in the mouth, although they had a tendency to stick to your teeth like glue. I just can't see what these buns bring to the party; I'd rather have had the meat alone. As a restaurant it also feels rather uncommitted to the concept: Bon Jovi blasts through the stairwell as you walk in. Is this a nod to karaoke or betraying a desire to be an American bar? In fact, take away the wasabi pots on the tables and replace with ketchup bottles and you could easily be in a modern New York steakhouse. Perhaps the owner has hedged his bets and is ready for when this overhyped concept fails and has to give way to Flesh & Buns Mk II: an actual burger bar.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Riddhi B. 24 June 2014

This is exactly what London needs more of – easy, laid back with affordable, fun food with a creative menu. It's an enormous venue which usually sets off my alarm bells but in this case it added up to great atmosphere. Thankfully some tables can be booked for bigger groups or those of us who are more organised, but it has enough seating to welcome walk-ins. Crucially on the food front, it delivered. In a group of 5 we ordered a lot across the menu and were not disappointed. Some items are certainly better than others and personal preference kicks in as well (I liked the chicken wings but some of my friends didn't). Be on chilli-alert if you don't like that and let them know while you order. I will definitely be returning and if you can, book a booth.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Neil L. 11 February 2014

We had a late table, 9.30, which the previous table were late to leave. But the fun bar atmosphere made that entertaining still. The flesh element was fantastic, meat excellently cooked, succulent and delicious. We didn't really get the bun element. Overall, a great evening.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Allison M. bronze reviewer 07 February 2014

Absolutely great food, would definitely recommend. My guests really enjoyed it too and would be a place to go back to.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 1.0

Simon K. 07 February 2014

Such a disappointment…we were a party of 2, and were sat across from each other at a huge refectory table. The noise levels were so high that we couldn't hear each other think. You get less elbow room than at Wagamama…the gent next to my partner was literally shouting across the table so his partner could hear him. So we left. Not a place for a quiet dinner!! Or one where you can converse with your partner. Shame,

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Sandy R. 13 November 2013

lovely night out, will come back!! amazing s'mores dessert!

Special offers

Express Lunch & Pre Theatre Menu: £22/£24

From: 09 July 2018

To: 05 September 2018

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

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