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37 Battersea Bridge Road
Fun, flamboyant and fabulous, Bunga Bunga gets the party started – and knows how to keep it going. Named after the notorious romps organised by Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, it mixes all the clichés of Italian holidays with a sprinkling of euro trash to create a glorious tongue-in-cheek homage to the land that invented pizza. And seriously good pizza it is too: proper crispy bases loaded with quality toppings, such as the Julius Cheeser (gorgonzola, taleggio, mozzarella and goat’s cheese) or Po-pa-polla with sticky chicken, pancetta and barbecue sauce. Elsewhere, the menu runs to loaded antipasti boards, crisp zucchini fritti and creamy arancini balls, followed by gelato and classic tiramisu. To drink there’s Prosecco, Peroni and Aperol Spritzes, plus crowd-pleasing cocktails such as fruity, vodka-laced sharer The Vespa. Bunga Bunga is perfect for big groups, who can carry on the celebrations in Il Club upstairs at weekends, when there’s also a Saturday party brunch with karaoke. Private parties meanwhile can book L’Osservatorio or the top-floor Martini Prosecco Beach Bar, complete with parasols and its own photo-booth.
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37 Battersea Bridge Road
Clapham Junction Station 1km
South Kensington Tube Station 1km
Battersea Bridge 259m
Chelsea Embankment Gardens 472m
Tues-Fri 5pm-1.30am (Fri -2.30am) Sat 12N-6pm 7pm-2.30am
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Food + drink: 2
Booked Bunga Bunga back in November for a group of us for a Xmas together last night on the 14th Dec … when we got to the venue … it was closed?! … weird as we had a 7pm booking … apparently they do not open until exactly 7 pm but get this you only get a 2 hour table max, OK fine if you can go to the bar, chill and have a few drinks beforehand right ? but no you wait outside and just wait for the privilege for them to open the door to you .. nice welcome NOT – there wasn't anyone on the door to explain this … so I basically walked around the corner and asked the kitchen staff … a few other guests were a bit peeved as well .. well its not the best first impression is it ?
Unfortunately it did not get any better for us… the didn't have my booking and I had paid an initial £80 deposit back in November … great! …thankfully had the email confirmation on my phone… at first they tried to rectify the problem with fobbing us off with a tiny table next to the door – I had a booking for 8 guests! I spent the beginning of the night trying to explain to the staff that 2 of us were pregnant and wanted to check about dietary requirements and drinks etc … one waiter said “congratulations!!” and then just walked off !!… eventually I asked the manager for a round of complimentary drinks as an apology which he agreed to… so to summarise BUNGA BUNGA has a great vibe and atmosphere for a fun night out with friends – but underneath the facade is a poorly organised restaurant that really just wants you in and out as quick as possible if you have the early sitting of 7pm – we were charged around £70 per head for drinks and food and 2 of us weren't drinking alcohol. I would double check your booking on the day just to make sure they have your details before you get to the restaurant and make sure you have an email confirmation.
Food + drink: 3
Bunga Bunga is Chelsea meets Chav but if it's good enough for Prince Harry then it's good enough for the rest of us. Decor is “totes amaze” with lots of generic Italian motifs (hanging Vespas and giant tomato tins on tables) as well as a disturbing number of pictures of The Man Himself. I feel a smidge uncomfortable in a place celebrating a premier who never tempered his Rupert Murdoch style media empire despite his political office, who changed laws thereby preventing the prosecution of various charges against him, whose rumoured mafia-funded wealth has never been traced, not to mention the man's sexism, racism and religious bigotry, but on the upside the highlighting of the sex scandal buffoonery is a happy reminder to those of us not actually governed by Mr Berlusconi of the comedy value he brought to European politics for so long. Being here is a bit like being in one of his channel's TV shows: every 10 minutes or so the music blasts up and out come some skimpily clad dancing girls for our entertainment. What a surprise then that BB actually serves pretty decent food. We had some particularly delicious mozzarella which had burrata levels of creaminess and great fried zucchini as well as a number of other tasty starters like thick parma ham and slabs of parmigiano. Pizza, which comes on one long sharing-friendly platter, is nearly Neapolitan standard with its crispy base and fresh toppings. Prosecco comes served in champagne boats, rather than flutes, which are tricky to drink from when you are moved off your table after the 2-hour turnaround and into the bar, but then it's time to move up to the Eurovision/Eurotrash disco room for serious dancing anyway. It's fairly priced and service is good, although I suspect the waitress may have been hitting on me at one point (all part of the Bunga Bunga service?). A great place for Friday fun and a rival to any Clapham based Infernos night, Bunga Bunga is set to remain in our consciousness long after Mr Berlusconi has mercifully faded from it.
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