And my blog turned two!
First things first, did I mention my blog turned two last week! I was going to write a post but real life got in the way as per usual and I was toying with the idea of running a giveaway. However recently my followers have been going up and up exponentially which is amazing to see, so the new plan is to run a giveaway when I hit 1000. Fingers crossed woop! You can find all my social media links top right if you fancy being nosey. Anyway back to this post. I've been in the mood to find a wicked bottomless brunch and Flesh & Buns kept coming up as a top suggestion from friends. Bottomless brunches have become ever so popular in recent years, especially in London. The main premise is spend x amount of money and in return you'll get limitless booze and brunch usually from a selected menu. Sounds amazing right? Flesh & Buns isn't your traditional British brunch. Serving up hot and cold dishes from a Japanese menu you'll be scoffing all the sushi and steamed buns you can handle. The bottomless brunch is £39pp and you have a limited selection of plates to choose from, not forgetting the copious amounts of prosecco, red or white wine. Oh and a cocktail on arrival. However on this particular visit, Andy and I weren't feeling a hazy, boozy afternoon so instead opted for the Express menu.
The Express menu consists of 2 or 3 courses and a drink but only from a select few dishes. For the small plates we chose the Korean fried wings and salmon avocado rolls. Being the sushi queen that I am (or like to think I am) this was right up my street. Fresh, soft melt-in-the-mouth maki rolls and spicy, sticky wings. I think the Korean wings are the sole reason to visit Flesh & Buns. I've had some pretty good Korean wings in my time - definitely check out On The Bab for wicked Korean food, but this place has got you covered. Along with the express menu we did order a couple other dishes which were sublime, but not needed. We were VERY full after, don't underestimate the portion sizes. We had the softshell crab with Japanese mayo and some California rolls. Can you ever have enough sushi?
Onto the main event - the Flesh & Buns. We chose one crispy piglet belly and one crispy duck leg. The buns are served in a bamboo steamer with your 'flesh', lettuce, cucumber, sauces and pickles on the side. I love this style of eating, so you can completely decide on how you want your bun customised. We both preferred the duck to the pork but there is also a salmon teriyaki option which I would loved to have tried. Steamed buns can very easily go soggy but these were perfectly stable with a lovely light fluffy texture. I may have a go at making my own. For dessert we had one portion of the Kinako donuts and I had a sundae that I almost certainly did not need. The donuts are filled with a creamy custard while the sundae had matcha ice-cream. I'm a huge fan of matcha flavoured things. On the main menu you can order Smores for dessert which come with a little open flame pit to toast your marshmallows over. Such a fun idea to round the evening off.
Queue: We visited on bank holiday Monday and booked in advance. Because of the Sunday bottomless brunch offer, Sundays and bank holiday Mondays can be packed. However it's easy to pre-book.
Price: The Express menu is £22 for 3 courses and a drink, which is a bloody bargain. The bottomless brunch is around £39pp and if you're super hungry and ready to get boozy, then it's a bargain too.
Ambience: The staff were somewhat unfriendly to be completely honest, but perhaps the large tables of boozy, obnoxious customers hungry for the bottomless brunch can make anyone a bit grumpy. Fun vibe overall with some great tunes blasting out. Would definitely go again.
Any recommendations for bottomless brunches?
Molly, 23, London.
A tiny food pornographer, with a minor addiction to burgers and sushi. Following a dairy-free diet not by choice, but forever choosing to eat cheese and chocolate.