London’s Best Olympics-Themed Food And Drink

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London’s Best Olympics-Themed Food And Drink
The Rio Grande at Burgershack.

Food

Burgerac’s Burgershack: You should go here for some of the best burgers in London anyway, and now for the Olympics there's a new special: The Rio Grande. It’s not a super large burger but rather an homage to the birthplace of Brazilian churrasco barbecue, the Rio Grande do Sul. The burger is made with a dry aged beef and bone marrow patty, requeijão cremoso (homemade Brazilian style cream cheese), smoked bacon, molho à campanha (Brazilian salsa), pickled red onion and an avocado and lime mayo.

Burgerac’s Burgershack at The Royal Oak, The Royal Oak, 74-76 York Street, W1H 1QN

Bodean’s: In addition to the usual meaty BBQ menu, Bodean’s are serving some Brazilian inspired dishes. Try chicken churrasco with a tomato and mango salad, washed down with a Raspadilla Caipirinha, or a heady Batida with crushed ice and Abelha Cachaca.

Bodean’s, various locations, see website for details.          

The chicken churrasco at Bodean's.

Ben’s Canteen: Try a Brazilian style brunch at Ben’s Canteen's Earlsfield and Battersea sites. They’ll be serving huevos rancheros, a papaya fruit salad with granola, coconut and yoghurt, and pichana steak with fried eggs and green salsa.

Ben's Canteen, Earlsfield and Battersea sites.

Sushi Samba: The high rise sushi restaurant will be serving an Olympics menu including Bolinhos de Bacalhau with Peruvian potato and Yellowtail nigiri with coconut and lime. There will also be a range of Brazilian inspired cocktails.

Sushi Samba, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY

Pretty purple Peruvian potatoes at Sushi Samba.

Casa Havana Pop Up: This two week pop-up events space, bar and restaurant will open on 11 August serving a five course menu. The dishes include pork crackling crisps with spiced black beans; cheese and parsley rolled tacos with lobster; a taco with all the flavours of a Cuban sandwich, shredded beef with twice fried plantains and a seabass ceviche with mint and lime. A Havana Club cocktail will be served with each course.

Casa Havana, 15 Bateman Street, W1D 3AQ. Book tickets via their website.

Sexy Fish: The restaurant with the dodgy name is serving a Brazilian soft serve ice cream for the duration of the Olympics – it’s avocado and chocolate flavour, topped with a dark chocolate truffle.

Sexy Fish, Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square W1J 6BR

London's Best Brazilian Restaurants: our list of the best Brazilian food in town.

Olympic torches or cocktails? At The Cinnamon Club.

Cocktails

The Cinnamon Club: The Olympics will be screened in The Cinnamon Club bar, where you can order a number of Olympics inspired cocktails. The High Dive is fresh blueberries muddled with raspberries, topped with Champagne and served with a hibiscus rim, or perhaps you’d fancy a Fiery Torch - tequila, fresh mint, fresh lime and spiced vanilla sugar, swizzled and topped with cranberry juice.

The Cinnamon Club, The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU

Bunga Bunga: Not known for its understatement, Bunga Bunga are going typically all-out in honour of the Games. Upstairs will be an Olympic-themed pop up inside a South American inspired beach shack called Cocobananas. Expect flags, palm trees, banana leaves, beach balls, exotic flowers and lounge chairs, along with a Caipirinha bar, a dedicated Olympic-themed cocktail menu and Samba dancers.

Bunga Bunga, 37 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3BA

The Brazilian Cocobananas Bar at Bunga Bunga.

Blind Spot at St. Martin’s Lane: This hidden cocktail bar will serve a lemongrass and chilli Caipirinha alongside complimentary pieces of pãos de queijo (small, baked cheese rolls that sell like hotcakes in Brazil).

Blind Spot at St. Martin’s Lane, 45 St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4HX

The Latchmere: This Battersea pub will have a rum and cachaça pop-up bar from 12 – 14 August, serving caipirinhas, caipiroskas, Brazilian cervejas and BBQ street food. You’ll also be able to watch the Olympics live on big screens.

The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, SW11 3BW

Get some samba with your snacks.

The Gun: The outside bar at this popular Docklands pub has been transformed into a Brazilian beach bar called Rio De Gun-Eiro. They’re serving Brazilian BBQ snacks like burgers with chimichurri and sweet potato fries, plus drinks including a grapefruit Caipirinha.

The Gun, 27 Coldharbour, Docklands, E14 9NS

Brazil’s national spirit: also check out our list of the best bars for drinking Cachaca.

Last Updated 08 August 2016