Brought to us by Bone Daddies who have great reviews with the Ramen and Shackfuku.  Flesh & Buns is their newest venture, an izakaya in the middle of Covent Garden.  Signature dish being the buns, are the famous Taiwanese steamed buns called Gao bao, and their signature dessert, S’mores.

Date

Aug 2015

Meal

Early dinner

Ordered

SMALL DISHES

  • CALIFORNIA ROLL – £8.5
  • SOFTSHELL CRAB ROLL – £9
  • KOREAN FRIED WINGS – £6.5

FLESH & BUNS

  • FLAT IRON STEAK (200g) – £16
  • CRISPY PIGLET BELLY – £14.5

COCKTAILS

  • KYUURI-YUZU – £8.5

DESSERTS

  • BONE DADDIES SUNDAE – £6
  • S’MORES – £8

 

Food

SMALL DISHES

CALIFORNIA ROLL – £8.5
crab, avocado, cucumber
7/10

SOFTSHELL CRAB ROLL – £9
jalapeno mayo, chives
I didn’t taste it

CALIFORNIA ROLL and SOFTSHELL CRAB ROLL

CALIFORNIA ROLL and SOFTSHELL CRAB ROLL

 

CALIFORNIA ROLL and SOFTSHELL CRAB ROLL

CALIFORNIA ROLL and SOFTSHELL CRAB ROLL

I am very sceptical when it comes to Western Japanese restaurant.  I just don’t know what to expect. In Hong Kong they are usually above average as the quality of food is quite high, with westernize aspect.  However in London i find this quite different.
The rolls were averagely 9 gbp per a portion, and each portion was only 4 rolls.  I find that expensive, and it was even filling.  If the rolls were amazing then i wouldn’t mind paying. 9 gbp for 4 little roll that tasted the same as other restaurants, however we did only order the rolls and not the sushi or sashimi so it is quite hard to say.

KOREAN FRIED WINGS – £6.5
spicy sour sauce, sesame
6/10

 

KOREAN FRIED WINGS

KOREAN FRIED WINGS

Another sceptical dish we ordered. I thought this was a Japanese restaurant? There is Korean fried chicken? Obviously Korean fried chicken is massive at the moment, they wouldn’t mind having this on their menu. the sauce was tiny bit too sweet, and wasn’t crispy or hot enough. Not the best Korean fried chicken i have had

 

FLESH & BUNS

FLAT IRON STEAK (200g) – £16
bbq sauce (red onion pickle)
6/10

FLAT IRON STEAK

FLAT IRON STEAK

The Flat iron steak is unsatisfying. The steak was overcooked. We asked for medium cooked, it turned out to be well cooked. The meat was tough and dry however the pickled rewd onion was rather tasty.

The

CRISPY PIGLET BELLY – £14.5
mustard miso (pickled apple)
8/10

CRISPY PIGLET BELLY

CRISPY PIGLET BELLY

The Crispy Piglet Belly was the highlight of the whole meal.  It was perfectly cooked, the skin was crispy, with a layer of fat that mealts in your mouth. The lean meat was juicy and tender.  Just wished we had order one more plate of this than the steak.

The buns

The buns

One portion consist of two buns.  So we ordered 4 rounds of buns.  The buns were fluffy and soft, was delicious especially they came out fresh and steaming hot.  Too bad there wren’t enough meat or vegetables for one big bun.  Maybe we should have ordered more meat

 

COCKTAILS

KYUURI-YUZU – £8.5
rum, yuzu sake, fresh lime, cucumber & mint
7/10

KYUURI-YUZU

KYUURI-YUZU

 

DESSERTS

BONE DADDIES SUNDAE – £6
matcha ice cream, blueberries, honeycomb
8/10

BONE DADDIES SUNDAE

BONE DADDIES SUNDAE

The sundae was completely different from what I had expected. I expected it to be this boring ice cream on bottom and topped up with toppings. However this sundaes were layers of ice cream and fillings.  With all the different layers mixed together giving you a whole lot of texture. I loved their green tea ice cream, it was so smooth and creamy,and I am a super fan of honeycomb, it tasted marvellous.

 

S’MORES – £8 (SHARED BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE)
passionfruit marshmallows, biscuits, almond chocolate
8/10

S’MORES set

S’MORES set

 

Grilling our marshmellow

Roasting our marshmallow

 

Melting away

Melting away

 

The marshmallow with the chocolate biscuits

The marshmallow with the chocolate biscuits

I couldn’t wait to try the S’mores here, I have heard great things about it from friends.  First i was quite excited to see the traditional Japanese fire grill. It looks exactly the same as the one I have used in Takayama, Japan, so authentic.  One set of S’mores includes two sticks of marshmallows, two graham biscuit and two pieces of chocolate.  However we received three pieces of each as there were three of us having this.
I was very confused on how to do this.  First you need to roast the marshmallow , do not think this is very easy. I was stupid enough to think so, so my marshmallow was actually burnt,, then set on fire, not exactly the right way. You need to hold it high up, and when it starts to melt, sandwich the piece of chocolate and graham biscuit on, so the marshmallow is actually in the middle.  I found it very tricky as the biscuit wasn’t really sticking on. I had to hold the pieces together to eat it. It got slightly messy, but boy, it was damn tasty. I loved the texture, with the squidgy centre but crispy biscuit.  What i love the most was passion fruit flavor marshmallow, something different from the usual boring flavour..

 

Ambience & Interior

Their logo

Their logo

 

By the bar

By the bar

 

Dining area

Dining area

 

Dining area

Dining area

 

The front

Stairs to the restaurant downstairs

Situated in central Covent Garden. Flesh & Buns is downstairs at a basement, making it so secretive.
There is a large wide communal table right in the middle which i found very uncomfortable as they do get busy. There are booths and smaller tables by the side which we sat, so do make share you book and request one of those to sit comfortably. There is a bar at the back with only 4 seats, which isn’t the best waiting area.  The washrooms were rather unique, i won’t spoil it for you though, go find out how cheeky it is.

Service

Service was unstable. I was greeted by a very rude man. I wouldn’t even say I was greeted, he didn’t look welcoming nor gave me a friendly welcome.  When I asked politely if there are tables available as we did not book, he replied in short snappy answers, and told me to go and wait at the bar as our other two friends have not arrived yet.  I asked where the bar was, he just pointed to the back.
Despite this, the nice guy that served us the food was extremely pleasant. He was patience and attentive, he always had a smile on his face.  If only they were all like him, I would have given them tips.

Menu

Please click here for the full menu

 

Damage

The bill

The bill

Approximately 25 to 30 gbp per person

 

Recommendation

  • CRISPY PIGLET BELLY
  • BONE DADDIES SUNDAE
  • S’MORES

Verdict

CALIFORNIA ROLL – 7/10
SOFTSHELL CRAB ROLL – N/A
KOREAN FRIED WINGS – 7/10
RIBEYE STEAK (PER 100g) – 6/10
CRISPY PIGLET BELLY – 8/10
KYUURI-YUZU – 7/10
BONE DADDIES SUNDAE – 8/10
S’MORES – 8/10

Would I go back again? Nope
Rating from my brains (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥ 
Rating from my Heart (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥
Overall Rating  (out of 10 hearts): ♥♥♥♥♥♥ 6/10

Food wasn’t impressive, but that is the gamble with Westernize Japanese restaurant.  I see the gimmick but just didn’t make an impression on me.  the food was too expensive for the quantity and quality. Food was neither fusion nor authentic.  It has a nice setting and a cool place to chill and chat. But for the food wise, once is enough for me.

 

Details

Flesh & Buns

41 Earlham Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2H 9LX
020 76329500

Mon-Tue
12pm-3pm
5pm-10.30pm
Wed-Fri
12pm-3pm
5pm-11pm
Sat
12pm-11pm
Sun & Bank hols
12pm-9.30pm

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