I highly recommend this fun and delicious Soho-based restaurant, another gem from the Bone Daddies group.
Bone Daddies’ idea behind Flesh & Buns was to make it ‘Izakaya’ style. Izakayas are Japanese taverns (effectively our form of a pub) – an informal setting where you go mainly to drink, but where snacking food is served (often as small dishes, which everyone shares). At Izakayas the emphasis is on drinking, and eating comes secondary.
While Flesh & Buns certainly has a good drinks menu (anything from cocktails and wine to sake and beer) and a cool bar, for me the food was definitely the primary reason for going.
What did we order?
To drink: a glass of their Italian red for me and an Asahi beer for Rob.
For Starters we ordered:
The Spicy Tuna Rolls
These were exquisite. Not your standard Wasabi sushi. So fresh and soft.
The Beef Skewers with kimchi yoghurt
One of our favourite choices. Still rare in the middle. Melt in the mouth with fantastic flavour.
The Pumpkin Tempura
I’m always a sucker for tempura. This one was light, if a little bland. The mayo-sauce was a good addition.
The Fried Squid
Our least favourite option. Quite standard, though the chilli addition gave it an extra kick.
Our Main Meal:
The crispy Duck leg with plum sauce & the famous Buns
Wow. The duck was cooked perfectly. The crispy meat just fell of the bone. The addition of the plum sauce and the pickled cabbage was excellent. The home made signature buns were not really like anything I had had before – reminding me a little of a Chinese pork dumpling, without the filling. They were soft and warm and complemented the duck perfectly.
Their crispy Piglet belly is meant to be amazing too, and if there are more than 6 of you you can order a Suckling Pig – which looks really tempting.
But the place isn’t just about the food & drink. The atmosphere itself is amazing. It’s bustling but not overcrowded. It’s great for groups as they have a number of large round tables (perfect for food sharing) and also perfect for couples who can sit opposite each other on the long central table.
Price wise – it ain’t cheap – starters are about £8 each. But the food is such good quality and the portions decent, so it is definitely worth it.
Oh and another real selling point – you can book tables. So no queuing. And I booked only a few day before, so it doesn’t seem like there is an anti-socially long waiting list.
I’m going back for the Suckling Pig, who’s joining me?
Flesh & Buns
41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX