From Miami to London, Buns & Buns have opened up a branch at the very very heart of Covent Garden. They have replaced Jamie Oliver’s Union Jack’s spot at the North Hall of Covent Garden and opened up this snazzy-looking but a relatively affordable restaurant.
At first, I must admit I was a bit sceptical about the place as it’s literally at the very centre of London’s most touristy spot. But after seeing a couple of reviews, I decided it was worth a try. Moreover, it got me curious when they say the restaurant concept is all about bread!
Walking into the restaurant, it immediately transfers you from the busy touristy Covent Garden into a whole different buzzing atmosphere. It is housed in a glass box, with an open kitchen along with counters displaying all the fresh produce from lobsters to vegetables, fresh bread loaves, as well as baskets of Taiwanese baos steaming away. The interior is bright and trendy, yet very cosy at the same time.
Halal options are clearly marked on the menu. Here’s what we ordered:
Truffle Mushrooms Bun (£7.50)
We saw all those fluffy baos by the entrance before we sat down so of course we had to order one!
The bao was super fragrant and filled the table with an alluring truffle aroma. It’s certainly an orgasmic sensation to bite into the beautifully fresh and fluffy bun enveloping a moreish & savoury mushroom mix filling including girolles, shiitake, shimeji, and chestnut mushrooms.
Rotisserie Chicken (£19)
This is definitely pricier than your regular Nandos but its quality speaks volume. To start off, it uses quality organic chicken – marinated with yoghurt and lime. The chicken turned out incredibly tender and generally succulent. Its flavours were light and delectable, almost reminding me of Moroccan flavours. There’s no crazy mix of spices and sauces for explosive flavours, but just really good quality meat being the star.
The chicken was served with a side of vegetables and a slice of fresh sourdough bread. I normally don’t think much of bread but this sourdough here at Buns & Buns was really screaming of top-level quality. The bread was ridiculously fluffy inside, with a nice crunchy crust. A drizzle of olive oil on top definitely complemented its tangy flavours and paired well with the chicken.
Normally, seeing a chicken and bread combo, I would be expecting it to be a heavy meal. Think of Nandos, which got me hugging my belly out of the restaurant every time. However, everything on this plate tasted really light and clean, but still filling and satisfying!
Chilean Rib Eye Steak Sandwich (£18)
Another halal option on the rotisserie & grill section is the steak sandwich. It is a ciabatta sandwich filled with a nicely seared ribeye steak, mixed salad leaves, crispy shallots, and a lip-smacking aji panca sauce.
I quite liked it but my friend thought it wasn’t anything special. Personally, I really enjoyed that smokey pepper flavours from the aji panca sauce and thought it paired well with the steak. The steak was of good quality too so it didn’t feel heavy.
…I enjoyed my experience here at Buns & Buns and was surprised to find it quite delightful! Despite being in such a touristy spot, it’s so nice to see a restaurant not faltering in quality and keeping a high standard without breaking the bank too much. It is a pricier spot but the price reflects the quality of the food, as well as its central location.
While I might not regularly return, I would definitely do so at some point to try out their pizzas too. Their pizzas looked and smelled insanely good – no wonder many tables were ordering that! If you happen to be having a special day out in Covent Garden, you definitely should have Buns & Buns on your list for a nice lunch – it’s going to be quite a treat!
Halal items clearly marked on the menu
Nearest station: Covent Garden
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