Review: Flesh & Buns, Bonedaddies

Sue and Nam invited me to dinner one evening at Flesh & Buns in Covent Garden. The name was really interesting and made me want to come try it!

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At the entrance ^^

The restaurant is underground in Seven Dials and is kitted to look like old Japanese bars with lots of old looking bottles and sake casks.
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Bar area

We ordered from the set menu so we could try a bit of everything, and boy, was it yummy! The gimmick in this restaurant is that instead of rice, you place the meat inside small white sweet buns (Chinese man tou) and eat it all wrapped up.
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Deliciousness

I found it really tasty with all the sauces and mixing meats up, was almost like building my own mini sub. Everything tastes tasty when eaten with fingers too xD
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Sushi rolls!

The toilets in this restaurant are very peculiar. They have decorated each cubicle with pages from manga, but these panels are all pornographic scenes… Unusual right? I really want to research as to why the interior designer decided on this concept! I found it funny. Maybe it was to boost social media and word of mouth? I’m unsure.
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One of the less obscene panels xD

Anyway, I would recommend people to come try out this restaurant as it’s nice and tasty, especially their smores! OMG the dessert was delicious and so much fun to toast the marshmallows. I recorded a video on my instagram.
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Dessert!

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Melting our Smores!

Have you been here? Would you? Where does this place remind you of?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Review: Shoyru

Shoyru is another ‘no book’ restaurants to add to your to go to list. It’s a fairly small ramen restaurant where everyone will sit next to you within elbows reach, yes it’s that close.

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Shoryu

It has a Hong Kong 大排擋 feel to it. Since I can literally hear everyone conversation. I ended up talking in Chinese to my friend Sue just so we had a little privacy and didn’t have to bore anyone with our conversation, lol.
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Everyone sits so close

I ordered green tea ramen which was surprisingly different and was actually the texture of soba noodles rather than ramen. The noodles had a springy feel when you chew into it but I couldn’t really taste the green tea flavour in them. The soup broth was miso based so that was nice and had the authentic taste.
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Smoked Salmon Hot & Cold Ramen

Sue ordered a special hot and cold dish where the ingredients came separately to the soup base. The flavour of the smoked salmon was so extreme, it was almost like eating bacon. Very very tasty although I provably would have dumped everything in the bowl since I prefer hot food. Although it is different when you eat it cold.
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Nom nom

The food was good and the atmosphere loud and bustling. All the waiters and waitresses will get you when you arrive and when you leave, just like they do on Japan. It’s a really good experience if you want to fell like you’re in Japan for an hour or two. The price isn’t too steep but is more then average. Sure and I spent about £15 each without drinks.
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What cuisine or restaurant should I try next?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Review: Nizumi | Choi’s Quarter Life Crisis

My ex-wifey turned 25 two days after my birthday and decided to hold her birthday party later that weekend.

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Nizumi Table

We went to a Japanese restaurant that was owned by Koreans (I got so confused when I heard them speak). Here we had a £30 set menu that included an array of food including sashimi salad, sushi, tempura, a main and ice cream for dessert. There was a lot of food and I was stuffed by the end of it!
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Our tempura ebi

The staff were very friendly although I thought their service was a little slow; this could be that we were such a big group (25) people get missed out. I had to flag someone down just to order my main (even though the waitress stood next to me and took my friend’s order but skipped me o.o) then later on, my drink (they failed to ask if I wanted a drink…)
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Our sashimi salad

However, once everyone has sat down and got they orders, the food came steadily. There was a lot of appetisers which were a very good amount, however some of the sushi was shared between 4 people and there was sometimes only one piece of a type of sushi. I think people had to do Jan Ken Pon (rock, paper, scissors) or nab it quickly if they wanted it. It was fun. The food was delicious though. I really enjoyed the sashimi salad!
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I think this was beef

Afterwards, the manager have us 30 mins free karaoke for being good patrons (we spent almost 1k!!) and also for charging the birthday girl extra for some guests who didn’t arrive. When our time was up, we didn’t want to leave and kept choosing more songs to the point the waiter pulled a face when we said, “one more!”
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Sushiiii!

I had a lot of fun and it was very good food here. I believe everyone was very satisfied with their meal.
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Aisukurimu <3

What’s the one thing you always order at a Japanese restaurant? I always try to try the sushi!

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Review: Eat Tokyo Diner, Trafalgar Square

I’ve been to Eat Tokyo Diner twice now and I absolutely love their food. Their portions are large and fairly inexpensive. The food is authentic and very tasty. Even my Japanese friends mention its authentic and reminds them of home. I actually prefer this restaurant to Taro, you get much more for the sane price!

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The only downside to eating at Eat Tokyo is that you may need to wait up to an hour for a table to come free. There isn’t as big of a queue as Misato, but the restaurant is small, so there is limited space, and there are usually large groups waiting for tables. So it is advise to book beforehand.

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The wait on my first visit was approximately 30 minutes. My friend – now Wifey (long story short the dinner became a date and she somehow proposed to me. Well that joke escalated quickly!) – and I ordered a Chicken Teriyaki Bento this came with age tofu, salad, 2 pieces of sushi, pickle, the chicken and a bowl of miso soup. I also ordered a side of sushi tempura sushi rolls which was over the top because I ended up not being able to finish it all! It was very filling. The presentation of the tempura sushi was very pretty, tasty too!

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The next occasion was a dinner meet up with some friends. This time the wait was around an hour so we were all starving. My Japanese friends were craving katsu curry and had even bought supplies from Chinatown to make it. When we had finally sat down, we browsed the fully extensive menu (I had never seen such a massive folder of food). I had happily selected a tempura bento for myself when Mao spotted a gentleman behind us eat this massive pate of curry. She instantly asked him what he ordered and he pointed it out on the menu for us. To our surprise, the katsu curry was only £6 for a normal dish sized dish and £8.50 for a double-up large portion! So I changed my mind and ended up ordering the large chicken katsu curry. The plate was huge and almost filled the table.

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The ratio of the portions was right and enough to have curry with rice. The pieces of chicken were juicy and meaty. Just thinking back to it makes my mouth water.
The pork katsu was thinner and probably because the oil wasn’t boiled enough, the pork katsu was oily and not meaty. The size of the double portion would be enough to satisfy two people and you would still roll out the restaurant.

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I would really recommend this restaurant to those with large appetites and love Japanese cuisine. It’s nice in there and the staff are generally nice, if they’re not busily running around the place serving. Eat Tokyo has many branches across London, the one I went to was in Trafalgar Square.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Would you visit this particular restaurant, or do you have a favourite place of your own?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Japanese Cuisine at Taro, Soho

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I was invited to a friend’s birthday dinner last week at Taro, a Japanese restaurant situated in Soho, London. It was a a choice between here, Eat Japan or Little Korea because the birthday girl loves the Asian cuisine; mostly Japanese culture.

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It is closer to Tottenham Court Road station than Leicester Square, but I had walked the wrong way a few times and even past the actual door! I think I would have found my way easier from Leicester Square if I started there, since I’m more familiar with the route from China town to Soho.

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Taro, is a small Japanese restaurant with two floors. Although it has a lot of floor space, the first floor is used for takeaways and people to sit at a bar for a quick bite to eat. Similar to those 5-minute pitstop places in Japan.

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The restaurant section is downstairs in the basement where there is a spacious area with benches. It could easily seat 80 people. Once sat down we were served almost immediately for drinks; I knew what I wanted since I arrived early than the rest of the group. Deciding what to eat was hard because there was a wide range in sushi, ramen and donburis. I ended up getting a korokke (fried mashed potato) and gyu don (beef donburi) with a glass of Calpico (milky lemonade drink). The food was nice and some of the noodle portions were large!

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As per usual we all took lots of photos during dinner and before we ate, it was really funny.

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The pricing of this restaurant wasn’t bad as everything is under £15. My meal totalled to approx £16 including service.
I would definitely be visiting again!

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With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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