If there’s one thing us Aesthetic ladies can do well, it’s ‘stampede to the newest London food craze within 5 minutes’. You know us. Flesh & Buns is the spin-off of popular Bonedaddies, this time regenerated as an Izakaya restaurant.
With not a noodle in sight. we traipsed indoors with an open mind and empty stomachs. Instead of the plentiful bowls of broth and ramen, we saw sashimi, lit-up stone pots, light fluffy buns and a plethora of hot Japanese food. What’s not to like?
The Aesthetic experience of Flesh & Buns receives two big thumbs up. Each dish is cooked to perfection in an open-plan kitchen, the atmosphere is lively and vivacious as expected in a new central London jaunt, and it is unlike any other of the new food pop-ups we’ve seen to date.
If you’re not into sashimi (the tale of which has been told, retold, patched over and told again many times before), their hot dishes are amazing. The softshell crab is softer than any before, lightly battered and served with Jalapeno mayonnaise, and the prawn tempura is accompanied with a yuzu ponzu dip. Nice.
Moving swiftly on to the star of the show though – the Flesh & Buns themselves. Assemble your tools (we opted for the braised pork belly and crispy duck leg) and pile your fillings into a light and fluffy bun. Each flesh serving comes with a bespoke dipping sauce, that I think the restaurant will fast become well-known for. Chow down and vow to eat the same dish for the rest of your life. Ahem.
All in all, this new food venture in Seven Dials, Covent Garden comes with the Aesthetic stamp of approval. Head down to feast up and you can thank us later.
41 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9LX. Tel: 020 7632 9500.
Michelle Chai is a self-confessed colour avoider, avid coffee enthusiast, multi-tasker extraordinaire and, by night, a regular fashion blogger at Daisybutter. She edits Aesthetic (both online and print) and really enjoys her ongoing quest for the perfect knit. FYI, this one came close to nabbing the title.