Bunga Bunga: Crazy and fun Italian Restaurant & Bar in Battersea
I’ll admit I was apprehensive of putting up the title of the post! So to clarify, Bunga Bunga is ‘An Englishman’s Italian: Bar, Pizzeria and Karaoke’ located in Battersea. We went there to celebrate my friend’s birthday, who shall be henceforth known as Eli.G (she insisted).
There is a whole lot going on from the moment you walk in. Motorbikes hanging from the ceiling, stuffed wild boar heads mounted on the walls, vintage Italian posters, disco lights, a guy in shiny red suit singing cheesy 80’s hits and of course, tongue-in-cheek odes to the Italian lady killer Berlusconi everywhere. You can’t help but get caught up in the infectiously fun atmosphere.
We were a large group of about 16 people and I have to say service was really fast and efficient. A bit too fast perhaps at times, but then given the general energy level of the place, I’m not too surprised.
The food was really good and our party consisted mainly of Italians, all of whom were quite happy with the food,so I think that’s a lot of points in the restaurant's favour. We had a set menu served to us for about £30 per person not including wine.
Focaccia bread and olives and platters of Salami and Prosciutto to start with and then appetizers of fried Mozzarella, veal Milanese, sweet onions on endives and crumb-fried prawns.
The pizza was really the star of the show. They served us four huge pizzas which each had four sections of different toppings:
Parma ham & rocket, chicken, spinach & Mozzarella, spicy sausage and a classic Margarita.
We were also served a rocket salad and some plates of mozzarella and tomatoes. Dessert was bowls of gelato which were simply divine! I'm still dreaming about the chocolate gelato.
We ended up going upstairs to the bar/lounge which was filled to the brim with people and had a DJ playing. Bunga Bunga in Battersea seems to be popular place and I highly recommend going and checking it out. (and checking out the waiters’ aprons...!!)
It’s for sure a fun and vibrant venue to have a birthday celebration. You can eat downstairs, dance upstairs and be served alcohol on both floors!
The birthday girl, Eli G. gave it 4.5 Stars (out of 5) J
37 Battersea Bridge Road London SW11 3BA
Tel: 0207 095 0360
Tube: South Kensington/ Sloan Square