Get World Cup fever at these restaurants, where even if you don’t like football, you’ll be able to embrace the Fifa World Cup 2014 with the spirit and flavour of Brazil
Grand Union is serving limited-edition national burgers and cocktails, showing the football on indoor and outdoor screens, and has private hire options throughout the World Cup.
The burgers have been made to represent the teams playing and cost £9 each. For Argentina they come with steak and Chimichuri sauce, the Brazilians have a Jalapeno Salsa and for us Brits, it’s a bacon and fried egg special – all washed down with Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha.
Grand Union’s Thai beach huts (found at Brixton, Camden and Wandsworth sites) will be given a high-tech makeover, with individual screens in each of them, they can be booked for groups and come with all-inclusive food and drink packages. Plus, if you predict the game’s score you’ll win a complimentary round of beers or cocktails for your hut.
Also going down the Brazilian burger and cocktail route, is Sky Bar at the top of Millbank Tower, Victoria, where Latin fiestas are served up with one of London’s best views.Meanwhile, on the other side of the river, Battersea’s latest opening from the team behind Bunga Bunga, Cocobanas is a dedicated Brazilian beach shack, decked out in the rainbow colours of the country. It will be showing all the games, with DJs playing until 1am and food and drink offers, including the brand’s signature cocktails that come in crazy receptacles, such as a surf board of shots.
The party mode continues at Fever Pitch football pop-up in Fulham at Broadway Bar & Grill, where there are 14 large screens showing every game, and with space for 400 fans. There are new football-themed food (gourmet pies and a BBQ out on the roof terraces).
Further north, Barraco is an authentic Brazilian restaurant in Kilburn with a low-key offering – plenty of matches along with half-time snacks including Brazil’s favourite street food pão de queijo (cheesy bread).
Those who want to avoid the game altogether but embrace a bit of Brazilian culture should head to St James’ Avenue, where the Latin American flavour comes in the form of scallop ceviche, served with avruga caviar and a truffle dressing. If ceviche is your thing, don’t miss Le Pont de la Tour’s pop-up C-Bar (main picture) at its Thames-side Pont Plage terrace, which will be serving sashimi-style fresh fish and colourful cocktails.
Or just stay at home and take inspiration from Latin American restaurant Las Iguanas (Stratford, The O2, Spitalfields, Southbank and Wembley) and host your own World Cup party, making its Strawberry and vanilla Caipirinha.
Strawberry and Vanilla Caipirinha
Ingredients35ml Las Iguanas Magnifica Cachaça
2 bar spoons of Licor 43
1 bar spoon sugar
25ml Strawberry Puree
Add the lime pieces to a glass tumbler and add the bar spoon of sugar.
Using a muddler or round ended rolling pin, crush the sugar into the lime, pushing and twisting so the abrasive texture of the sugar cuts into the lime peel and releases the oil.
When all the lime juices have been extracted, half fill the glass 3/4 with crushed ice
Add the remaining ingredients and fold together gently with a spoon