Lucie Loves… Food // Chowing down @fleshandbuns @BoneDaddiesRBar. Delicious duck, whiskey cocktails, S'mores and more


A recent and rather impromptu date-night fueled by hungry tummies led us to check out Flesh and Buns, a new Izakaya restaurant in Covent Garden. I ate at the sister restaurant, Bone Daddies, a few months back with friends and was very impressed with the food, so was really keen to give this place a whirl.

JMG and I were amazed at how alive Flesh and Buns was on a humble Wednesday evening. London nightlife in the week, it appears, is actually no quieter than it is at the weekend.

We admired the Manga images projected in the doorway and made our way downstairs to the basement restaurant. It turns out the toilets are also a treat for the eyes (definitely not for prudes though, the Manga drawings are filth! rather amusing.)

We had to wait around 30 minutes for a table, but having heard great things about this place, we were prepared to perch ourselves at the bar and order drinks from quite an extensive menu - cocktails are priced from £8 - £14.50. I opted for a cocktail that was of the ‘Old Fashioned’ variety. I’m a big whiskey and bourbon fan, so this is the kind of drink you can sip and enjoy as opposed to being thrown back in one swig. I think I had the Nikka Cherry Sour, it was very good.

Once we were settled at our table, which consisted of two seats along a bar that runs down the centre of the restaurant, we were well and truly amidst the stockmarket-esq noise and hub-bub - this is not a restaurant for whispering at your fellow diners. We quickly scanned the menu and settled on the following dishes - there are a lot of great dishes:

To eat…

  • Salmon avocado roll, £7
  • Fried squid, £8
  • Bone Daddies home-made buns (2 per serving), £2.50
  • Grilled sea bass with coriander miso and kimchi pickle, £16.50
  • Crispy duck leg with sour plum soy and beetroot pickle, £13.50

We were actually too full to order S'Mores, but the people next to us (on both sides) seem to enjoy them very much.


The food was very good - if a little overpriced, and the service was very pleasant too. I’d definitely recommend this place to people who like their Japanese with a twist of Bodeans. I would eat here again in a flash!


Food for between two people, with one cocktail each came to approx. £74.

Flesh & Buns,

41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX

020 7632 9500


opening hours

Mon – Tue  12:00-15.00 & 17.00-22.30

Wed – Thur – Fri  12:00-15:00 & 17:00-23.30

Sat  12:00 – 23:30

Sun & bank hols  12:00-21:30

Photography © Lucie Kerley