about us

Japanese people enjoy a drink as much as or more than Westerners, and there’s a strong culture of socialising after work, which generally involves visiting one, or several, Izakayas. However, unlike with English pubs, visiting an Izakaya almost always involves eating, and Izakayas normally serve simple dishes that are great to eat while drinking.

So what exactly is Flesh & Buns?

We’re a Rock & Roll Izakaya in London. We offer Japanese drinking food, delivered in a relaxed environment and featuring DIY-filled steamed buns: we have a variety of meats and fish, all cooked and served different ways, each with a different sauce or marinade and a different pickled vegetable. These arrive with lettuce and sliced cucumber, and however many buns you want, so you can custom-build your bun the way you like it. All our flesh portions are designed to fill roughly 4 buns.

Our drinks follow the same idea as our food, and our cocktail list is a mix of originals and classics – all with a Japanese twist: our Frozen Yuzu Margarita is one of our signature cocktails. We also offer a unique sake list that we hope will allow you to sample, explore and begin to enjoy what we believe is one of the great drinks of the world.

The soundtrack is classic Rock & Roll, the same as at our sister restaurant Bone Daddies. We try to play it loud enough that you can enjoy the music, not so loud it kills your conversation and your ears bleed! We also want to show our guests a little glimpse of some of Japan’s unique – and sometimes slightly odd – subcultures. So, while at Bone Daddies it’s Tokyo Rockabillies on the walls, at Flesh & Buns our bathroom walls are papered with Hentai Manga – a little nod to Tokyo’s Kabukicho district and the unusual reading materials some Tokyo commuters choose for their Metro journey…


About the buns

Although steamed buns have become common on the London street food scene, that’s not the only way they are served and enjoyed around the world. In northern China, where these buns (called Mantou) originated, more wheat than rice is grown compared to other parts of China, so the cuisine lends itself to wheat-based products such as the buns, which are commonly eaten in place of rice. When China controlled Taiwan (then called Gua Bao), these buns were introduced and ultimately became a staple element of Taiwanese banquette dining. Steamed buns are comparatively new to Japan and found mostly in the city of Nagasaki, where they are also called Mantou buns. They were introduced to Nagasaki as this was one of the first cities open to trade with its neighbours after a long period where this was forbidden. So although the buns didn’t start out as Japanese, they’ve been integrated into regional Japanese cuisine, and from Japan we’ve brought them here as London’s first restaurant to specialise in these Gua Bao buns.

We look forward to seeing you at the restaurant. Rock in, roll out, bring a friend, take tomorrow off…