Flesh & Buns Covent Garden

Japanese, Sushi, Tapas·

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Japanese, Sushi, Tapas
Cool, Dark and moody, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+]


Located in a cavernous basement in Covent Garden, Flesh & Buns is a lively izakaya restaurant that serves small and large plates of tasty Japanese fare. It’s well suited to all manner of dining styles, from drinks with snacks to dinner, full-on group feasting to tasting menus. The interiors, based on the izakaya bars of Japan, feature plenty of dark, polished wood, soft lighting and a well-stocked bar at one end.

How you dine at Flesh & Buns is up to you. For bar snack-style dining, there are lots of tasty small plates to choose from, including edamame, Korean fried chicken wings and fried squid with yuzu kosho mayo. Sushi enthusiasts are also spoiled for choice, with various sets and selections to sample. The sashimi set, for example, features salmon, tuna, yellowtail, seabass and scallop, while the maki set includes salmon and avocado, prawn tempura and spicy tuna.

The larger plates, however, pull out all the stops. Veggie options include miso grilled aubergine with carrot and cucumber pickle and portobello mushroom with wasabi mayo and daikon. Meatier options, meanwhile, include crispy piglet belly with mustard miso, spatchcock chicken with citrus and crispy duck leg with plum sauce. Last but by no means least, there are exciting seafood options like kimchi tempura seabass and salmon teriyaki too.

Don’t miss the cocktails when you visit the restaurant, as there are some brilliant concoctions to try. The umeshu negroni is a must, swapping in Japanese plum liqueur for gin. For something bubbly, the Harajuku fizz includes gin, raspberry and Prosecco. Those with a taste for whiskey can enjoy it infused with sesame and orange bitters, playfully dubbed a ‘new fashioned’. Aside from cocktails, there is a short but varied selection of wines, as well as hot and cold sake. Soft drinks, juices and teas are available for anyone who doesn’t drink.

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41 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9LX

020 3019 3492 020 3019 3492


Opening Times

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


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19 Reviews 

Alison M

09 July 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 2
Value 3

Simon A

08 July 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4


28 May 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 1
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4

Phil M

06 March 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Scrumptious Sunday Brunch!

Great Sunday brunch! Exquisite choice of dishes superbly prepared and presented! The Prosecco was delicious and generously topped up frequently. Some of the best sushi I have ever had and definitely the most scrumptious chocolate fondant pudding ever!

Frances L

29 January 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Great service great food excellent value. We had a lovely evening and will be back

Clive W

29 December 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 2
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 3

Simon A

13 April 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5
Great food

Awesome meal, only slight negative was a few things out of stock. Brexit related. Service was good. Would return for sure.

Suzy A

10 July 2018  
Food is delicious and reasonable value. The smores for dessert are so tasty and come with their own fire - pretty special!

Emily R

30 May 2017  
Awesome food, great portion size, well priced.

Annabel M

09 May 2017  
One of my most delicious and memorable meals of the year!
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