Flesh and Buns, London – Review

Sorry, I’ve been a bit radio silence recently, I was off sunning myself in Lanzarote for a week getting some well earned R& R.  I rarely moved off a sun lounger and ploughed through a mountain of books on my kindle. I also only took one picture of the whole holiday. What to see it?

Banana Plant

It was some bananas growing out of my hotel room. It was that deliciously warm in November! There were even date palms dropping the treacly dates perfect for baking with. I was tempted to try to smuggle some home with me. Hopefully, the memories of the sun and cloudless skies will get me through the English winter.

Now on to a proper food post as it’s been far too long!

Back when we had a summer this year me and my cousin treated ourselves and attended Taste of London. We fell in love with a dish. Not a tall, dark and handsome type of dish, I wish! No, a neatly presented dish of Duck, Bacon Buns from Graffiti, New York. The bun was a super soft, sweet pillows of joy that we couldn’t get enough of. After that first taste, I was obsessed with trying out Bao buns again. Following a hell of a lot of other food blogs, meaning I get to catch up on all the cool new restaurants are fortunate to try when just opened.

There was one restaurant that grabbed my attention straight away. Flesh and Buns ran by the guys over at Bone Daddies (who I have equally heard really good things about). Offering a mouthwatering array of Japanese dishes. I haven’t eaten a lot of Japanese food but at Flesh and Buns, it’s presented in a non-scary way. With dishes such as Chips and Dips – Rice crackers, avocado shiso, tomato jalapeno and Grilled Beef Skewers with Kimchi and yoghurt.

I arranged for my Cousin, Auntie and Mum to go on a fantastic chocolate tour around London (post coming real soon!) and decided it would be the perfect time to try out Flesh and Buns buns.


Walking down deep below the street level with all the hustle and bustle a distinct memory to a cool calm open space. After our chocolate overload from the tour, I was in desperate need for a refreshing drink.   Muddled raspberries with elderflower and soda were as refreshing as it sounds.


My cousin and I were really grateful that our mums were joining us for dinner as it meant we could be extra greedy and order more flesh to try. As it says on the tin, you select your chosen flesh which comes with their own complimenting pickle and sauce. Then you get a streamer with the delicious soft pillow Bao buns. We went for the  Salmon Teriyaki with lemon, sea salt, pickled cucumber and more teriyaki sauce; Crispy Duck Leg with Sour plum soy and beetroot pickle and Crispy Piglet Belly with Mustard miso and pickled apple.

Well damn, it was so tasty. Just check out all these sexy pictures of the buns…..

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Mouthwatering?? You bet! I am just remembering eating it. I want to eat this all again now. NOW I tell you! In one fell swoop Flesh and Buns has become one of my favourite restaurants and can’t wait to go back to try more of their menu. The staff were super friendly and helpful to recommend how much we should order and did end up getting more buns as there just wasn’t enough for us greedy pigs. Talking about pigs, the pork belly was some of the best I’ve ever had and features regularly in my food daydreams.

You would have thought that that lot would be really heavy to eat but quite the opposite. It was nice leaving a restaurant without having to waddle out as you’ve eaten super heavy food. However, I could have eaten those pork buns all day long!

Even though we had spent the morning on a chocolate tour and had eaten the same chocolate consumption of a small island. There was still plenty of room for dessert. There was no question to what we were gonna get. S’MORES!! My cousin and I kind of have a thing for s’mores. I mean what isn’t to like?? Marshmallows, biscuits, green tea chocolate – all good to me!

Served with a tabletop flame pot (technical term) you can toast your marshmallow to your liking – I personally like a rather charred beauty.  Gooey; chocolatey, crispy charred mess you want to ram into your face as quickly as possible is probably the best way to end a meal like this one.

Next time the Kinako Donuts with black sugar custard is all mine! And there will definitely be a next time. Keep up the great work Flesh and Buns!

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Address Book 

Flesh and Buns

41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX

Tel: 020 3019 3492

Website: fleshandbuns.com


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