Carnivorous gnashing to a heavy metal soundtrack? Yee-aye-uh! Who knew going out for Japanese comfort food could provide such a rawkin’ good time? The folks behind Flesh & Buns apparently.
I had a lot of fun during my dine at the new(ish)ly opened Flesh & Buns izakaya restaurant back before Christmas. From the same lot of Soho restaurant smarty pants behind the exceptionally successful Bone Daddies ramen bar, the cavernous Seven Dials eatery offers a street food menu with a East Asian style buns as the star of the show. I loved the crispy piglet belly buns (with mustard miso and pickled apple, £14.50) and the lamb chops (with kimchi spice and pickled carrots, £19.50). Beyond the buns, there’s a range of small bites and sharing dishes along with sushi and sashimi, cocktails and more.
Other stuff I liked about Flesh & Buns: the near-porn manga wallpaper in the men’s, the epic litany of hard rock and metal classics piped through the restaurant (my memory’s a bit fuzzy but I think they actually played some Dio while I was there), and the overall casual vibe of the place.
A cinch to recommend for boozy belly bustin’ nights on the town with close friends, Flesh & Buns is located at 41 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LX. Find out more at fleshandbuns.com.