Japanese restaurant in Fitzrovia
Flesh and Buns is an amazing Japanese restaurant in Fitzrovia with another venue in Covent Garden. Offering a 170 cover dining area, the restaurant is pretty swanky without being pretentious. Think oaky furnishings, gorgeous light fittings, plush seating and Japanese décor.
The open kitchen with seating creates an open atmosphere where you can watch the chefs at work. There are some booths available for larger parties so perfect for celebratory events!
The Small Plates
The menu focuses on Nikkei cuisine (Japanese Peruvian fusion) with a mixture of sushi, seafood and meats and, of course, bao buns! The Chicken Yakitori with shichimi pepper and fried shallots was tender and most.
The Korean fried chicken wings with spicy sour sauce (£5.9) were something else. There was a decent amount of meat on the wings, they were sticky, messy and all kinds of delicious! The sesame grilled broccoli with orange miso, sesame and lotus chips (£5.90) was fantastic with the perfect level of orange miso.
The Flesh and Buns
We could have easily sampled all of the flesh and buns on the menu but ended up opting for the Japanese Fried Chicken, Buttermilk Marinated, Red Chillii, Rocoto Chilli BBQ mayo and the the Chilli miso brisket with chipotle miso bbq sauce, red chilli pickle. The latter stole the show. The meat was unbelievably tender and melted in my mouth and the combination of the bbq sauce and red chilli pickle provided a kick without being overpowering.
If you visit this Japanese restaurant in Fitzrovia on a weekend, the bottomless brunch menu is great value at £39. It includes chips & dips and edamame followed by three small dishes, a choice of Flesh and Buns (2 baos each) a dessert AND bottomless prosecco, red or white wine and lager. The booze was indeed free flowing and there are plenty of options on the menu food wise.
Press for Pisco
Not available at present due to Covid-19 restrictions Everyone loves a gimmick and press for champagne has been done before. So what do Flesh and Buns do? Well they install “Press for Pisco” buttons on every table! Obviously a clear talking point but did it have any substance? Obviously I pressed the button to try! Just seconds after pressing the button, I was greeted by a gold trolley displaying all of the ingredients for a Pisco Sour. The lovely waiter asked if I wanted to make the cocktail so off I went with a little help along the way. It was pretty awesome making our own pisco sours.
We opted for the Shiso and Green Apple: Pisco, Sour Mix, Shiso Green Apple, Shrub, Egg White (£10). I may be biased but we thought it looked and tasted pretty good. Flesh and Buns also offer a number of other cocktails ranging from £8-10 – the infamous Frozen Yuzu Margarita has made it over from the Covent Garden Menu to Fitzrovia! If cocktails don’t tickle your fancy, there is a huge range of sake and Japanese whiskey.
Flesh and Buns is an amazing Japanese restaurant in Fitzrovia with great ambience, service and food. The quality is consistently excellent and it is one of my favourite restaurants in London.
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