It might only have been one month since it opened its doors, but Coco Bamboo restaurant is already a hit with local punters on its great location around Chalk Farm Road and Camden. With a menu consisting of South American cuisine, the former pub turned into restaurant has a cosy and inviting atmosphere, which carefully avoids the kitsch/tropical clichés.
Dropping in during a cold, winter evening, customers are instantly welcomed by the low lighting, and warm interior, and it’s easy to work up an appetite.
There’s one particular ingredient which has been winning over fans at Coco Bamboo: that’s the cassava, or yam, known in Brazil as mandioca, which is present in several different dishes; as an accompaniment, for example, to the Angus Ribeye Steak with Cassava cake and Herb butter, Cassava Chips as a side, or as a dessert, in the form of cassava cake or coconut Tart.
There is also a wide selection of drinks at the bar, including the house specialities, the Rio and the Capoeira, both with tropical fruits and Brazilian sugar cane rum and cachaça. Plus, the head barman promises more to come.
Food aside, if what you’re after is a more musical nourishment, then you’re in luck; Coco Bamboo clears the floor from 10pm, to make room for dancing. Already thinking about the summer? (We are) – there is a beautiful terrace outside.
48 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AJ
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