Mama Fuego | Greenwich Restaurant
“There’s a saying in England: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” James Bond, From Russia With Love
That’s no fire, Jimmy. That’s Mama Fuego.
Joining the restaurants and bars making up Greenwich’s blossoming new riverside locale, The Tide, Mama Fuego (‘Hot Mama’) is the second venture from mother and daughter duo Lynette and Cloe de la Vega. They made their debut last year with Abuelo, a South American-Antipodean coffee house in Covent Garden, and now the pair have scaled up.
Because Mama Fuego features not just a café… but also a restaurant, milk bar (essentially an Aussie corner shop), a bakery, a bar, and an al fresco terrace and garden filled with the crackle of an Argentinian BBQ. What’s more, it’s taken its design cues from 60s Bond glamour, with floating fireplaces and retro velvet seating.
The whole place is set to centre around a sunken lounge, with conversation pit seating and a double-height, suspended fireplace. Overlooking that will be the mezzanine bakery, where you’ll be able to see the pastry chefs at work. Spinning off on the ground floor you’ll find the 70 seater restaurant, with its own hydroponic cress and edible flower farm; the Snug, a drinking den set out like an Aussie kitchen; and the BBQ terrace overlooking the Thames and the Tide – an elevated, linear park designed by the team behind Manhattan’s High Line, and dotted with public artwork by the likes of Damien Hirst.
Upstairs, you’ll find the Triangle Bar, with cocktails and beers on tap, a working copper gin still, century-old piano, mid-century velvet sofas and another showstopper of a fireplace, this time wall-mounted in a bubble.
Mei-Lei: “Can I do anything for you, Mr. Bond?”
Bond: “Oh, just a drink. A martini, shaken, not stirred.”
NOTE: Mama Fuego is now open. We’ll be back with the full scoop once we’ve visited, but in the meantime you can take a look at the website HERE.
Mama Fuego | Unit 5, 69-72 Olympian Way, SE10 0NE
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