Flesh & Buns opened in 2013 in the Seven Dials area of London, the Izakaya restaurant is the brainchild of the creators of the ramen Bone Daddies restaurant and aims to bring authentic Japanese cuisine to the city. The Flesh & Buns restaurant in Seven Dials was the first restaurant in London to serve authentic Japanese hirita buns.
Hirita buns are a do-it-yourself concept of the traditional Japanese steamed buns. They are similar to Taiwanese Gua bao buns. Hirita buns are soft, fluffy buns that are sliced in half and stuffed with delicious fillings, making it a kind of Japanese taco, pita bread or hamburger! Diners can pick and choose from a wide range of fillings to stuff their steamed buns. Among the fillings there is baby chicken with yuzu koshu, Robata grilled seabass, salmon teriyaki, kimchi spiced lamb, mustard miso crispy piglet belly, coriander miso or roast lamb with Korean spices. Diners have to be prepared to get their fingers sticky while stuffing their own buns.
In addition to the hirita buns the restaurant serves the standard Japanese dishes which we have come to expect from Oriental restaurants like sushi, tataki and sashimi. There is an impressive range of delicious desserts to choose from. The restaurant has a young vibe with interaction between the diners and communal dining encouraged by the long wide table down the centre of the restaurant. More intimate dining is possible at other tables. The restaurant is in a basement and the décor is cool and elegant. The décor and music are modern and reminiscent of New York eateries.
Seven Dials is a road junction in Covent Garden but the name refers to the surrounding area which has become a trendy shopping and dining area. The commercial neighborhood is wall-to-wall fashion boutiques, restaurants and places of entertainment. There are many unique one-off stores like the astrological bookshop, Bow Wow, London's only dog boutique and the Atomica Gallery which sells contemporary art. You'll find stores focusing on art, mysticism and individual tastes. The Crown is a famous pub in the area and the Mercer Street Hotel is another Seven Dial landmark. On one side of Seven Dials is the West End theatre district and on the other Shaftesbury Avenue.
Location: Flesh and Buns, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, West End London, UK
Open Hours: Mon-Tues 12:00-15:00/17:00-22:30. Wed-Fri 12:00-15:00/17:00-23:30; Sat 12:00-23:30; Sun 12:00-21:30
Prices: For example, beer and buns £15; Sunday brunch £29-£36; 2 courses + drink £19