First up if you’re looking for great photography in this post, then I’m sorry to disappoint! One reason is that Flesh & Buns is very dark inside and another being I was so engrossed in catching up with two of my favourite people, I was a bit lax when taking pictures!
The idea with Flesh & Buns is that for your main, you choose your ‘flesh’ to go with your buns. To go with your fluffy cloud like buns, you can choose from different steaks, crispy piglet belly, 1/2 a young chicken, crispy duck or lamb chops – unless your a vegetarian I’m pretty sure you’ll find something you like in that list! And if you are a veggie you can always choose either the salmon or sea bass.
But I’m getting ahead of myself! Let’s start at the beginning. We began with a mixed sashimi, tuna, salmon and yellowtail, served on a bed of crushed ice and accompanied by some seriously fiery wasabi.
This was joined by soft shell crab sushi rolls, and tempura prawns, all washed down with some seriously tasty Lychee Martinis.
For our ‘flesh’ we chose crispy piglet belly and the crispy duck leg to stuff greedily into the buns. To make everything a bit more juicy, the duck came with a sour plum sauce and beetroot pickle, whereas the piglet belly was accompanied by a mustard miso and pickled apple.
Talking of piglets, we ate pretty much everything before I could get a picture…
Finally being presented with the dessert menu clearly meant it would have been rude not to have ordered a dessert, or two!
We ordered the hot Kinake doughnuts filled with a delicious black sugar custard, which we spent a while licking off our fingers, before we delved into our very own fire pit!
The s’mores dessert is not only genius, but also delicious. You start by toasting your rectangular marshmallow over the fire pit, before sandwiching it between two biscuits covered in a green tea flavour piece of chocolate.
My only complaint with this meal was that we felt quite rushed. Our main course arrived before we had finished our starters, and as soon as a plate was clear it was whisked away from under us, at one point before the mouthful had been finished! I can only put it down to the fact that they needed our table for another reservation an hour and a half after ours, something that shouldn’t actually be of concern to the current diners.
Other than that, the food was great, and I would love to try some of the other items the menu has to offer, as long as it’s all accompanied by more Lychee Martinis!
You can find Flesh & Buns at 41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX