With the addition of Patty & Bun to Liverpool Street and Bad Egg to Moorgate, it would appear that the high quality fast food market is slowly creeping it’s way into the depths of the city. Having experienced the lack of decent eateries around Moorgate when working there, it’s a refreshing sight to see exciting new establishments popping up and Beer & Buns is no exception!
Based in Broadgate, the idea behind Beer & Buns is to bring Japanese Izakaya-style eating and drinking to the heart of the city. That means, Japanese craft beers paired with incredible Jumbo Korean Chicken Wings and those ever popular Hirata Buns.
We weren’t sure what to expect before sampling Beers & Buns but we can confirm that this place was built for fun. This isn’t a standard restaurant, it’s more of a bar with a great beer menu that also serves great bar food, that pairs perfectly. It has the largest selection of Japanese craft beers, including the rare Asahi Super Dry Draught; a rice lager called Echigo Koshihikari, the first Japanese craft imported from Niigata Prefecture in Japan, amongst many others. If you are a true beer fanatic then this is a must stop spot for you. They’ll soon been sliding down your throat and the bottles will be racking up!
What’s more, if you want to take the party to the next level then there’s Frozen Yuzu Margaritas, Soju or even Sake Bombs. The latter being served as a shot of sake balanced on a set of chopsticks on top of a glass of Asahi. Gather around one of the many oil drum fashioned tables with your friends and as everyone hits the drum, the shot falls and you have to chug the contents immediately. Basically a Japanese take on a Jäger Bomb and something we can see becoming very popular as the night evolves!
That’s where the food comes in. Nothing combats a boozy night on the town than a good dose of comfort food and that’s exactly what they provide. There’s two choices, although we obviously went for both and suggest you do the same. If you’re feeling frugal though, you can choose either Steamed Hirata Buns or Jumbo Chicken Wings. The buns come stuffed with either Pork Belly, Chicken Karrage, Pulled Duck Leg or Kaki fry Vegetable Fritters; all served with misos, slaws and chutneys to keep your buns moist. For us, the Chicken Karrage was the clear winner when it came to the buns as this delivered the best combination of flavours and really hit the spot.
The wings however, stole the show, as we couldn’t believe the value for money. These things were huge and we were getting 6 for £10, plenty for two people! If you’re not a spice fan then we’d say stick to the Tabasake Soy Garlic option but if you don’t mind a little fire on the palate, definitely opt in for the Korean Hot. The heat builds as you eat and you find yourself covered in the sweet but fiery sauce. On that point, grab a bunch of napkins before, because like all good comfort food, you’re going to get filthy!
So, if you’re a true beer head and work in the city, you can add this to your list of drinking spots for sure. The set up lends itself perfectly to a Thursday night post-work session with the colleagues, plus did we mention there’s foosball and pinball for all? What more could you want?
We The Food Snobs x