I’ve always loved Flesh & Buns ever since being introduced to the restaurant about 4 years ago, so marry that with unlimited sushi and wine on a weekend and you’ve just made not only a friend for life but an advocate too. Flesh & Buns is a contemporary Japanese restaurant/pub serving up fresh sushi alongside steamed buns with meat or seafood fillings. Situated in the heart of London’s theatreland and part of the renowned Bone Daddies group it’s the perfect place to head to for brunch with friends or loved ones.
On arrival you’re treated to either a Bloody Mary or Bellini and have the choice of prosecco, white, or red bottomless wine to enjoy for the rest of your two hour sitting. Being the seasoned bottomless bruncher that I am both Brunch n Grind and I were impressed at the quality of the wine and the rate at which it was flowing, unlike other places where you can sometimes be sat waiting with an empty glass and even have to request a top up.
We went for the slightly more expensive menu that comes with additional sushi options and steak for the Flesh & Buns. I would highly recommend the Softshell Crab Rolls and Mixed Sashimi which is thick cut and presented beautifully on a bed of crushed ice. I always order the Mixed Seafood Ceviche here which has just the right amount of sweetness and acidity that delivers on that overall fresh and clean after taste.
A dish I’d never had before were the Korean Fried Wings which were huge double wings caked in a spicy Korean sauce. Prepare to get messy with these babies but they are so worth it and serve as an nice contrast to the rest of the sushi starters. They also give you an excuse to run off to the toilet to wash your hands where you’ll find a wonder of quirky amazement adorning the walls.
Whilst you can keep ordering as many starters as you desire I didn’t want to miss out on the steamed buns course as they are relatively strict with the 2 hour sitting thanks to the brunch being so popular. You can order one flesh each which are served with two steamed buns and salad to make your own at the table. We went for Crispy Duck Leg, Crispy Piglet Belly, Salmon Teriyaki and AUS Grain Fed Sirloin Steak. Whilst I enjoyed all of them my favourite on this occasion was the Piglet Belly which is tender yet fatty and served with apple pickles to stack in your Bun. However, I did love how the waiter shredded our crispy duck leg off the bone at the table and who doesn’t like plum sauce!
For the last course you can choose from a selection of Donuts with Sobacha Creme Brulee or S’Mores. But I strongly urge you to choose the latter! There’s something about the theatrics of having a mini stone fire pit set on your table to toast your own marshmallows on that really finishes the meal off delightfully. And then topping with chocolate and wafer to make a marshmallow sandwich it tastes good too!
Flesh & Buns is described as an izakaya (居酒屋) which is a type of informal Japanese gastropub. It’s not the type of gastropub that we’re used to but something tells me I would spend a lot of time in them in Japan. They also have a fab tasting menu and Monday offer you can try out.
Flesh & Buns, 41 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9LX
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