Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Flesh and Buns, London

From the same company as Bone Daddies, Flesh and Buns is gaining popularity among some of my friends. Just like its name, the restaurant serves a variety of flesh from poultry to seafood together with freshly steamed buns as well as a variety of fusion Japanese dishes. After hearing all the good comments about Flesh and Buns, it was only right to give it a try!

Visited Flesh and Buns on last Saturday evening, the place was fully booked but walk in customers were welcomed depending on availability of tables on a first come first serve basis. Arriving at about 7.35pm, the waiting time for a table was about 20 minutes. The restaurant layout has a number of high table seats and some diner style seats for larger parties. As recommended by the waitress, we ordered a couple of starters and 3 mains for the 4 of us.

Soft Shell Crab Roll (2)
Soft Shell Crab Roll @ £9.00
A typical soft shell crab roll, the deep fried battered soft shell crab was crispy and the combination of jalapeno mayo and avocado was delicious. An extremely small portion for the price as compared to authentic Japanese eateries.
Soft Shell Crab Roll
More soft shell crab roll

Fried Pumpkin
Tempura Pumpkin £4.50
Soft thinly sliced pumpkin with a crispy batter on the outside. The sweetness of pumpkin was delicate that goes very well with the accompaniment.

Fried Squid @ £8.00
Being a fan of fried squid and calamari, this appetizer is delicious but has nothing much special as compared to other restaurants. With a crispy coat of batter on the outside, the squid was slightly chewy. Spiced with some pepper in the batter, the fried squid tasted very much like the common salt and pepper squid in Chinese restaurants.

The best appetizer among all our orders

Korean Wings
Korean Fried Wings @ £5.00
4 pieces of rather spicy chicken wings in Korean marinade. Aside from the exceptionally tasty sauce/marinade, there’s nothing much special about it.

Here’s the main stars of dinner:

Crispy duck
Crispy duck leg @ £13.50
At first glance, it looks very much like the roast duck in Chinese restaurants for roast duck pancakes. Shredding the meat to eat with the buns, the duck leg was tender with a crispy layer of skin. The duck leg tasted just like the French duck confit. The best of the 3 ‘flesh’ we ordered over dinner.

Young Chicken
1/2 Young Chicken @ £13.00
Half of a young chicken, it comprises of a few slices of boneless thigh, chicken breast, a chicken wing and a drumstick.  Well marinated with spices, the meat including the chicken breast is tender and soft. Though a little charred, the chicken was amazingly juicy and tender. The accompanying shimeji mushroom pickle is a great add on to the dish.
Crispy Piglet Belly
Crispy Piglet Belly @ £14.50
A slab of sliced crispy pork belly. The skin is very crispy with fatty layers between the meat. Roasted so well that the fats melts in the mouth. The accompanying sauce had a hint of wasabi and not quite a match with the meat. Though delicious on its own, the pork belly lacks taste and becomes really bland when eaten with the buns.
 Bone Daddies Home Made Buns @ £2.50 for 2
Soft and extremely fluffy, the buns were freshly steam and hot when served. Honestly, the buns are no different from Chinese mantous

Flesh and Bun
Flesh and Buns: Bun with shredded crispy duck

At the end of the meal, it wasn’t quite filling. Either the food recommendations just wasn’t right or we had a huge appetite. The total bill for the entire dinner was also expensive considering the amount of food was rather little and the taste of the food was not really to die for. Personally, the concept of Flesh and Bun is interesting and something fresh. However, the taste of the food is mediocre and not well worth the price. Definitely not somewhere which will be my regular.

Located on Earlham Street, Flesh and Buns is near to either Covent Garden or Leicester Square station with both about 5 to 10 minutes walk from the restaurant.


Food rating: 6/10
Service rating: 8/10
Ambience rating: 7/10
Overall rating: 7/10

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