Step Twenty-Two: fun dining at Flesh & Buns

27 Aug

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Flesh & Buns. I wasn’t too keen on the name when I first heard it. It honestly made me think of Hannibal or some kind of Chinese dumpling filled with questionable meat.

But going with the flow, the name and the rave reviews intrigued me.

The signature dish is the Hirata bun, originally from Taiwan and literally translating as “tiger eating pork”. The concept is simple, it’s basically like a Western sandwich. You get a folded steamed white bun, soft as clouds, and fill it with whatever “flesh” you want.

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We had the crispy duck leg, served with sour plum soy sauce, and the flat iron steak, served with BBQ sauce. Both fillings were gorgeous – the duck slid off the bone, while the steak came in tender strips cooked nice and pink in the middle.

But it was hard to choose. We could have gone for the braised pork belly dolloped with mustard miso, or the grilled sea bass slathered with coriander miso, or the salmon teriyaki with lemon and sea salt. Any of the mains really. Mmmmmmm.

Each “flesh” dish is served with two steamed buns, lettuce, cucumber and pickle, and is designed for sharing. You can order extra buns on the side, which you may want to do if there are more than two of you.

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It’s such a simple concept and hails from Taiwanese street food that it’ll probably be making its mark on the London street food scene in no time.

The hirata bun has already made its grand entrance in New York, and from the way the restaurant’s designed with its industrial chic interior, you can tell the owner’s been influenced by the Big Apple.

Our dessert was oh so American too. As a S’mores virgin, I had to see what all the fuss was about. I don’t even like marshmallows but I’m getting cravings for their s’mores as I write.

Sticking with the DIY-dining theme, part of the fun is roasting the marshmallows yourself and sliding them in between the biscuits and matcha green tea chocolate. I repeat, mmmmmm.

This new Japanese-style restaurant definitely lived up to its cracking reputation and if you’re over the burger bandwagon in Soho, give Flesh & Buns a try.

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The details:

Location: 41 Earlham Street, Covent Garden tube.

Opening times: Mon-Tues, noon-3pm, 5pm-10:30pm. Wed-Fri, noon-3pm, 5pm-11:30pm. Sat, noon-11:30pm. Sun, noon-9:30pm.

Price: flesh & bun mains to share from £13-24.

To see menus, click here.

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