Bunga Bunga in Battersea (just over the river for those of you that never venture past the border) is a funny old space, walk in off the grey streets and enter into a Dali –esque, Italian surreal eatery and party palace. The venue offers a lively mix of bar, pizzeria, karaoke and club. We said ‘ciao’ to the real world and enjoyed a rather animated and quirky Saturday Brunch – Anglo-Italiano styleee.
Launched in 2011 by dynamic duo Duncan Stirling and Charlie Gilkes, the same team behind Barts and Maggie’s (also quite vibrant establishments), this tongue-in-cheek bar and pizzeria serves a delightful array of cocktails and eats in a colourful and eclectic space dedicated to Italy’s finest icons, there is even an entire floor dedicated to the world’s most kitsch competition: The Eurovision Song Contest!!
The Brunch: Guests can enjoy the bespoke £35-45 brunch menu, including unlimited sparkling wine/ Bellini, whilst feasting on a unique musical and visual display in the form of live entertainment, as well as par-taking in some karaoke themselves.
This is a fun and interactive affair, sharing style, there are ‘build your own Bellini kits’ on each table in the form of carafes of unlimited sparkling wine and fruit purees, choose from the red berry-based Rossini to the Bunga Mimosa – a zingy blend of fresh grapefruit and pomegranate juice. We recommend trying a grapefruit Bellini – it’s our new fave.
As part of the brunch menu, diners can gobble up an authentic Italian three-course menu, starting with a selection of cured meats of Milano Salami, Prosciutto di Parma, Wild Boar and Capocollo. Next a huge, thin and light pizza arrives in the centre of the table with various toppings – Bunga’s Benedict, topped with Hollandaise Sauce, Spinach and Smoked Salmon with a Soft Egg, An Englishman’s Italian Breakfast with Sausage, Mushrooms, Tomato, and Pancetta with a Soft Egg. Just when you think the fat lady has sung and you can’t eat anymore – a sweet mini pizza is presented; Silvio’s Sweet Seducer made with Chocolate Sauce, Banana and Strawberries (it actually was nicer than it sounded) served with homemade Italian gelato.
Let’s not forget the entertainment – At around 2-2.30 pm, Brunchers can expect some rather energetic entertainment from regulars such as Ukulele Eric who is well-loved for his rousing renditions of Lady Gaga and Dolly Parton’s ‘Nine to Five’, resident DJ Spider who buzzes off the weaker karaoke singers with a Britain’s Got Talent style machine complete with lit up crosses and buzzer, and even a drag queen compere. When we were there was a singer doing pop covers but I have a feeling things were just getting started….
The Brunch seemed quite a young affair with lot of the cool kids from the area falling out of bed after a boisterous night on the Fulham Rd, rolling in with suitably on trend un-brushed hair– ready to start the party all over again. The Brunch is most definitely a group affair. Come in a crowd and do as the Italians do – eat, talk and enjoy.
Entertaining: Not for the hard of hearing, the too hungover – that the idea of live music might make you run for the hills. Go in a group, get social, go to celebrate and grab this Italian by his meatballs.
Brunch aside there are also some event spaces upstairs available for private hire – if you would rather create your own ambience and crowd. Contact us for our ideas for the best use of the space.
Brunch Every Saturday, 12pm-6pm and cost £35 -45 pp – 2 prices based on timings/ sittings.
Tues-Thurs 6pm- 1.30am/ Fri 6pm-2.30am / Sat 12-5.30pm, 7pm-2.30am