Fancy Japanese food with a side order of deafening rock music? Head to Flesh and Buns, a brand new and very edgy eatery in Covent Garden.
The man behind the madness is Ross Shonhan, who is also responsible for rock and roll ramen restaurant Bone Daddies. His latest offering has done the impossible in London – by creating something totally unique, that really works!
There’s a bar to one end of the restaurant serving a good old cocktail list too. And sake, nut that’s nonsense. I tried the Pomegranate & Lychee Martini. At first it was very good but then became too sweet for my liking. If you’ve got a real sweet tooth though that’s the one for you.
The restaurant is dark, loud and on a Friday night was absolutely buzzing. You’re seated at a gigantic long table if you come as a two, though, which did make it a bit difficult to have a conversation. Much shouting ensued.
The menu’s all about hirata buns, but that’s not all they do. There’s also sushi and Japanese small dishes such as squid and chicken yakitori.
Hirata bun fillings come in many a meaty variety, from flat iron steak to slow cooked pork belly to – would you believe – an entire roast chicken. Pickled veggies are also provided, and they were one of my favourite parts about the whole thing. But then I am a big fan of gherkins. A BIG FAN.
Although we didn’t make it to desserts I have to say they looked incredible. They didn’t look very gluten-free-friendly though, I’m afraid. But Flesh & Buns serve s’mores complete with your own mini bonfire to roast the marshmallows on, so it’s kind of ok.
Does anyone know what the deal is with the toilets though? Some said ‘F’, some said ‘B’… but everyone I spoke to was totally baffled as to which is supposed to which. Odd.