Following a meeting yesterday morning in Central London I met up with a friend for this weeks ‘working lunch!’ Our venue of choice was Flesh & Buns on Earlham Street in Covent Garden. I've been longing to go there ever since reading Rosie, The Londoners review way back last year but you know how long it can take to get around to these things!
A new Izakaya restaurant from Bone Daddies (the ramen bar in Soho), Flesh & Buns was as delightful as I had hoped it would be! The typical definition of an Izakaya is a ‘type of Japanese drinking establishment serving food to accompany the drinks – casual places for after-work drinking.’ However it's also a perfect place for a little informal lunch with colleagues and friends.
We went a bit overboard and probably ordered a bit too much for two people at lunch, but hey we wanted to try out as much as possible!
We started with the tuna sashimi, spicy tuna roll and salmon avocado rolls. The sashimi was beautifully presented - perhaps a little small for our liking but very fresh, delicious and a brilliant raw snack to get us started. The tuna and salmon rolls - amazing! Fresh, tasty and very agreeable!
For the main course the idea is that you order your 'flesh' to share and to put into your 'buns'.
We selected the salmon teriyaki and also went for the sirloin steak (unfortunately I was so excited I totally forgot to get a shot of that!) Both came with pickles, sauce and a large bowl of salad to help make up the buns. The home-made buns (I believe they are called Hirata buns) are little fluffy, steamed buns from heaven especially once filled with the inviting and mouth-watering fillings!
As we were there for lunch we didn't delve into the sake and delicious looking cocktails that were available but there's an inviting looking list to choose from so I might just have to try another time.
Overall our Flesh & Buns experience was a very pleasant and delicious one. The staff were friendly and attentive - but not overly so which is just how I like it - and I definitely think I will visit again sometime soon. Oishii!