Flesh & Buns Fitzrovia

4.5
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371 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 371 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.2
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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P
London
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

We tried the tasting menu which was great, although service could have been slicker. Pisco sours are amazing.

j
London
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The flesh was luscious and the buns were smooth and firm. We'll worth a visit.

J
London
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

We were a part of 4 having regular catch up and had previously enjoyed an amazing night at the Covent Garden branch of Flesh & Bun. So we were eagerly anticipating our visit and the new Fitrovia branch. On arrival we were promptly seated near the window and our server came over the introduce herself and she was great.
The ambience was very casual and it was nicely done out however it didn't feel quite a special and the Covent Garden branch. We ordered some starters and drinks. Which arrived promptly, however a different server dropped the cokes all over the table we tried to help and it wasn't on purpose but it wasn't a good start , and the drinks went into some of the starters. But only part of this was replaced. We didn't mention it as we'd already eaten half of it.

We also had to repeatedly ask for our jasmine tea to be refilled and often this was forgotten about. we ordered the duck to go with the buns , many other tables ordered this and had there duck served and separated however ours was simply placed on the table and we were left to our own devices.

When we placed our order another server too this and well said he would remember the order we thought this was impressive but did think this was too good to be true. as we had our main dishes and starters but they left out too of the sushi roll dishes. We subsequently had to ask for this and when they arrive it was wrong.

I think because we didn't have one dedicated server this lead to poor communication and felt like we were being really looked after or personable. We had to complain and didn't pay the service charge.

B
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time. It is a lovely place for friends to catch up and the waitress was so attentive and helpful! Yummy food with a variety of choices!

UF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent! Most excellent!
A thoroughly tasteful experience, everytime I go.

NR
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

Amazing food but terrible service!

B
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Disappointed by the service I received although I put this down to the waitress we had, as I witnessed other tables receiving attentive service. Food was good.

M
London
58 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

THE BEST DINNER- please get chicken wings and aubergine. Delicious food and amazing service... always so tasty

E
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Nice place, good food and good atmosphere. A bit too noisy and service a bit slow but probably because Saturdays are very busy

EN
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The food was over priced for what it was. It was OK but the smoked meat plate was too smoky, the ceviche and tuna sashimi was lovely but small portions. Our waitress recommended 4 small plates and 4 large plates between 6 and my husband left hungry. It wasn’t enough food. Despite that, it still cost £45 a head. Doughnuts for pudding were delicious. Not worth the money.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unlike the branch at Covent Garden, this one was above ground, so it seemed a lot more spacious and less cramped. Service was excellent and of course the food was delicious.

GL
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Japanese Fried Chicken was out of this world. Unreal. Staff were all super lovely too.

OT
Hungary
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

The meet was too dry, partially burnt, and didn’t meet the quality I would expect. I’ve been there before and it was much better but the last couple of times the quality really dropped.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

The manager at the front desk was so rude could not be bothered. Ruined the experience as we walked through the door. Unfortunate because the food was great and other staff were really good!

JS
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Angelo was a great waiter - the food is thoroughly enjoyable and you get a lot for what you pay for! Would recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic in every aspect

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

The food was super dry and bland

JG
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was outstanding as always. We really enjoyed the ambience and the staff were lovely.

VF
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome food, really different take on traditional Japanese food. Really good cocktails and lovely service.

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow - amazing food, and fantastic service, particularly from Emilie who answered all our questions about the food with enthusiasm. There wasn’t a single dish that didn’t land some beautiful flavours and demonstrate how perfectly it can be cooked/prepared. We shall return!

j
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff and great food that we felt was reasonably priced. The dessert platter was the perfect finish to the meal which was plenty for 6 of us to enjoy.

AW
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
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 on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, good prices and portions

K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice evening. Pleasant atmosphere

N
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
7 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
London
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
2 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
6 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
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great bottomless brunch. Very generous