We now present a short list of London restaurants whose names could also be strip clubs:
- Dip & Flip
- Shoreditch Grind
- Dickie Fitz
- Flesh and Buns
The last of which – not at all by coincidence, we suspect – is owned by the same people behind Bone Daddies. It’s an izakaya-style bar/restaurant located in a Covent Garden basement, and you’ll find a simple, no frills interior with a long table eating up the central space, some bench seating, and a few booths hugging the walls.
The menu boasts a variety Japanese finger foods and bar snacks (soft-shell crab, sushi rolls, fried squid, etc.), but the main event here is the bao buns.
More accurately known as Hirata buns, these soft and fluffy rice flour buns are filled with perky, courageous meats (crispy piglet belly, sirloin steak, salmon teriyaki, duck leg with sour plus sauce, etc.), pickles, and salads.
As if this quirky wonder hadn’t impressed you enough by now, the dessert menu comes along. Yes, it has the timely classics. Fondant, brulée, pannacotta – all with their own Japanese twist. But they also manage to squeeze in some new classics; the Kinako donuts are filled with black sugar custard, and the S’mores – served with a terracotta pot of red hot coals – will have you gleefully reminiscing about the camp fires you were never part of.
Of course, all of this gets washed down with a sizable sake menu, Japanese beers, some house cider, and cocktails like the Frozen Yuzu Margarita. Just don’t have them all.
Lest you be stripped of your dignity.
NOTE: Flesh and Buns is now open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. You can book a table by calling them on 0207 632 9500, or simply heading right HERE.
Flesh and Buns | 41 Earlham St, WC2H 9LX
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