about us

Japanese people drink as much as or more than Westerners, and there is 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 and Buns?

In our restaurant we offer Japanese drinking food, delivered in a relaxed environment and featuring DIY filled steam buns: we have a variety of meats and fish that are all cooked and served different ways, with a different sauce or marinade and a different pickled vegetable. These then arrive with lettuce and sliced cucumber, so you can custom build your bun the way you like it. All flesh portions are designed to fill roughly 4 buns.

We play classic Rock and Roll, same as at our sister restaurant Bone Daddies, but try to keep it in the background so it isn’t too loud. We are trying to show Londoners that Japanese has many cult-like subcultures, so while at Bone Daddies we have a collage of Rockabillies, at Flesh and Buns our bathrooms are covered in censored Hentai Manga.

Our drinks follow the same ideas as our food, and our Yuzu/Lime Frozen Margarita is one of our signature cocktails. We offer a unique sake list that hopefully allows people to explore one of the great drinks of the world in a non-challenging way.


About the Bun

Although steamed buns have become common on the London street food scene, that is not the only way they are delivered around the world. In northern China, where these buns (called Mantou) originate, more wheat than rice is grown compared to other parts of China, so the cuisine involves more bun-like components. When China controlled Taiwan (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.

We are London’s first restaurant to specialise in Gua Bao buns.

Drink booze, eat buns, come often and tell your friends!