Bunga Bunga Covent Garden is open, and here’s why you should visit…
I was lucky enough to be at the star studded launch of Bunga Bunga Covent Garden last week, and this is what went down…
Bunga Bunga in Covent Garden has officially opened its doors in Covent Garden from Friday, January 13, titled as “bigger and bolder” than its Battersea sibling.
And, from the night we experienced… they’re not wrong. Or at least, from what we can remember. The new Covent Garden haunt is very different from the original Battersea restaurant, which is a popular spot with Cara Delevingne and Prince Harry.
On the night, guests including Lottie Moss, Saara Alton, Princess Eugenie with boyfriend Jack Brooksbank and the Made in Chelsea cast who all brought a bit of Chelsea glamour.
The Covent Garden venue is split across two different floors. Based on Drury Lane, underneath the New London Theatre which is currently showing School Of Rock, the joint has a more family appeal in the day offering all day dining upstairs in BungaTINI. Its kitchen is headed by chef Andrea Pesenti, previously of Mele e Pele.
Co-owner Charlie Gilkes said: “If Bunga Bunga is an 18 [certificate] then BungaTINI is very much PG. We wanted the whole family to be able to come in here and enjoy our food and drinks.” and he’s not wrong.
However, if you dare to venture downstairs it’s a totally difference experience, and one that’s hard to describe!
Once you swan past a meat-locker complete with hanging carcasses and screaming tied up bodies, you’ll be met with a number of characters and staff members, which make you feel right at home.
We were welcomed by a wonderfully talented Opera singer as we made our way down the spiralling staircase into the main room, whilst we were also looked after by a very funny magician as we entered the party.
Other faces you’ll spot during your time include a statue of Michelangelo’s David which comes to life and a water-skiing waiter. Imagine a mix of Las Vegas with crazy golf, meets… total madness.
We were entertained throughout the night by performances from The Jersey Boys who played alongside the Bunga Boys, plus the brilliant Sheridan Smith – who made her first performance since the loss of her father. She performed two songs from her West End show Funny Girl – People and Don’t Rain on My Parade.
Looking at the room, it’s setup for a wild night. Across the front is a stage set to host singers, dancers, cabaret and theatre plus, live karaoke!
Moving onto the food, Bunga Bunga is know especially for its great pizza, and small side tapas style plates. Sampling quite a few during the launch the quality of the ingredients really comes through with authentic Italian flavours, and it’s great you can eat and then party the night away downstairs.
Pizza wise, their wood-fired pizzas are all made with a home-made sour-dough base. Ranging from Quattro Formaggi, mozzarella, gorgonzola, taleggio, Grana Padano to something more adventurous such as the Piccante, made up of tomato, mozzarella, n’duja, ricotta, Calabrese salami, cherry tomatoes. Ranging from £9-£12.
There’s Italian cured meats, Burrata and pappa al pomodoro plus Friggitelli peppers to wet your appetite. We had a taste of the Fennel sausage & mozzarella arancini, plus a selection of the small side plates which was fantastic.
If you’re looking for a night with a difference, Bunga Bunga is the place to be. From the rich and famous, to those who just want to sing the hits with a live band… There’s something for everyone.
Oh, and they played Christmas songs at the end of the night. Why not?!
Visit BungaTINI and Bunga Bunga Covent Garden at 167 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PG. Visit their website, bungabunga-london.com for more and bookings.