You might think that an eaterie that makes carbohydrates – specifically bread – the centrepiece, would be an unpopular no-go given the free from, health-conscious trend of late, but this bun connoisseur’s was a hive of activity and now I know why. The best thing about this fine specialist in fluffy but firm balls of breadiness is that they combined good food with good customer service and a beautiful space. So foodie that they refused to serve what I’m going to call their funghi delight – all things mushroom including truffle – without the bun, “because that’s the way it has to be served, together.” Do you know, I don’t want to eat a bun right now but I so respect that.
It was warm and cosy whilst also being open and bright, literally surrounded by shops like the Abnormal Company, Brora, Chanel, Penhaligon’s and of course, a Hotel Chocolat. The ambience was enhanced by the affability of the bartenders and waiting staff. I chose to sit at the beautifully theatrical and rotund bar at the centre of the back of the oblong restaurant. At some point whilst I sipped my black tea, served in a corked bottle, a customer at a table behind me dropped two menus. A waitress sprinted over to retrieve them from the floor for the couple. When I merely looked up to ask for the bill, I was gushed over instantly like the belle of the ball by a waiter with a glint in his eye, the bill served in a stylish, leather case embossed with the company’s logo. It makes sense entirely that two social media influencers were sitting at a table to the right of me, meeting with a potential client. A place to see, or be seen, to eat well, drink well, or enjoy good company; all in capable hands.
Its central location nearby Covent Garden station makes it an easy to find meeting spot too – the first of many trips to this Covent Garden bun haven, I’m certain. Thank you Buns and Buns.