In honour of the RIO 2016 OLYMPICS this August, Batterseas hit pizzeria, bar and karaoke venue Bunga Bunga will transform into Londons ultimate Brazilian hub, featuring an exclusive Olympic-themed pop-up upstairs in South American-inspired beach shack Cocobananas. The pop-up will include a Caipirinha bar, a dedicated Olympic-themed cocktail menu, POPS frozen Bellinis, a Brazilian-inspired food menu and Samba dancers, making it Londons top destination to watch all the action of the Olympic games in August.
Cocobananas will host an official Olympics opening ceremony party on Friday, 5th August as well as a closing ceremony on Sunday, 21st August with aBrazilian-inspired Supper club hosted by talented Natalie Salmon, The Latina Cook.
In the spirit of embracing all things Brazilian, Bunga Bungas head chef, Alexis de Naray and talented Natalie Salmon, the Latina Cook, have created a tantalising menu including colourful and exuberant dishes that will transport guests all the way to exotic Brazil. Guests can look forward to tucking into a hearty, yet healthful menu fit for an Olympic champion.
Kicking off the dinner with traditional South American fare, guests will enjoy Brazilian pastels, filled with ground meat, mozzarella, heart of palm and chicken; Coxinha, delicious and savoury crispy chicken balls; and grilled Chicken Heart skewers, marinated in fresh herbs.
Natalie is an expert in Brazilian cuisine and has conceived an array of main dishes that pay homage to South American cuisine including Brazils national dish, Feijoada, a sumptuous, hearty stew made with beans, beef and pork. Guests will also feast on a delicious and healthy Vegetarian Brazilian pizzaand will be able to choose their own toppings that include sweet potato puree, goats cheese, cashew nut cheese and Brazilian nuts and kale. Natalie will also be serving a mouth-watering Fresh Fish Ceviche with exotic fruit for guests to enjoy. Guests will also enjoy kale & mango salad, polenta chips and incredible truffle casava chips on the side.
No Brazilian feast would be complete without dessert and guests can look forward to the most-loved Brazilian treat Brigaderios, a creamy truffle delight; Acai Bowls with tropical fresh fruit and unique homemade Avocado Ice Cream Gondolas.
The Cocobananas Olympic pop-up will be decked out with the flags of Brazil, palm trees, banana leaves, beach balls, exotic flowers and colourful lounge chairs, making it the ultimate Brazilian Players Lounge. There will be a large medal count board displayed on the wall that will keep a running tab on how many golds, silvers and bronzes have been bagged by the Brazilians. Guests can jam out to karaoke in the LOsservatorio and all of the servers and bar staff will be wearing Brazilian jerseys with pride during the course of the games and will fly the official flag of Brazil after each victory. All guests will receive blue, green and yellow confetti cannons to fire off in support of Team Brazil!
The Cocobananas Olympic pop-up will be available for private hire during the Olympic games. The venue holds 210 guests and is ideal for big groups and anyone that loves a good beach party!
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
Notes to the Editor:
Natalie Salmon is a native of South America and is half-Brazilian. She has created the wildly successful blog, The Latina Cook, to raise awareness about the health benefits of South-American and hispanic foods and to teach readers how to make healthy and easy Latin recipes using British ingredients. Being an expert in South-American cooking, regularly cooks for her friends and is now beginning to host Supper Clubs around London. Natalie is also in the process of writing her own Latina Cook cookbook filled with original Brazilian-inspired recipes. Head on over to Natalies blog: http://thelatinacook.com/