A table laden with dishes of food

Flesh and Buns, London W1: restaurant review

The second site from Flesh & Buns explores Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine in Fitzrovia

Looking for restaurants in central London? Read our review of Flesh & Buns, a Peruvian-Japanese bar in Fitzrovia

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In a nutshell: Nikkei cuisine and on-demand pisco sours define the vibe at Flesh & Buns’s newest site.


Who’s cooking?

 Five years after first launching in Covent Garden, Ross Shonhan (also owner of ramen bar chain Bone Daddies) has opened up a second restaurant in Fitzrovia. Check out our round up of the best Covent Garden restaurants here.


What’s the vibe?

Less intimate than its basement-situated sister, the new Fitzrovia site makes up for it with more space and individual tables, a softly earthy palette, wooden screens and statement pendant lamps.

The restaurant's sleek interior
The restaurant’s sleek interior

What’s the food like?

While Flesh & Buns’s trademark bao buns still make an appearance, the menu focusses on nikkei (Peruvian-Japanese fusion) cuisine – from tiger prawn toban with aji amarillo (a Peruvian chilli), ponzu butter and shiso, to fish and seafood tiraditos (a cross between Peruvian ceviche and Japanese sashimi). There’s also new dishes created using Ross’s new wood smoker – including chilli miso brisket and bath chap with butternut squash kimchi.

Ceviche at Flesh & Buns
Ceviche at Flesh & Buns

Portions are generous. Korean-fried chicken wings come slathered in a fiery, tangy sauce while smoked pork ribs are two huge, succulent bronzed slabs glazed in aji amarillo honey. A ceviche of sea bass with cherry tomato, pickled kumquat and rocoto tiger’s milk (the citrussy curing marinade in a ceviche) is delicate and spicy all at once. Pillowy bao buns with duck leg, the skin super crispy, with a tangy plum sauce and beetroot pickle, also hit the mark. Click here for bao bun recipes.

Bao buns
Bao buns

And the drinks? 

Look out for an extensive selection of Japanese whisky, sake and pisco. The highlight, however, has to be the ‘Press for pisco’ buttons on each table – which summon a waiter who will mix up a pisco sour in front of you.

A glass full of creamy liquid
A pisco sour

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Photographs by Charlie McKay

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Words by Hannah Guinness