’Waiter, there’s a barking tree frog in my soup.’
We’ve had fashion and sport, now hungry punters can don their pith
helmets, grab their machetes and enter the jungle themed restaurant.
Glendola Leisure is shipping in a boatload of fake monkeys, a life size
elephant and acres of foliage ready for the July launch of Europe’s
first Rainforest Cafe.
The 340-seat restaurant and accompanying shop, based in London’s
Trocadero, will also house real squawking parrots, squirming snakes and
As if that wasn’t scary enough visitors will be surrounded by the sound
of thunder, flashes of lightening and experience the odd torrential
The company has even hired a curator to look after the place and give
mini-talks about rain forests.
Donation boxes for charities which are working to save the rain forests
will be scattered around the ’jungle’.
’It will have all the smells and noises of a rain forest and there are
several rain forest-type dishes,’ enthuses the cafe’s media relations
woman Jacqueline Richardson.
Diners can choose the exotic sounding ’rumble in the jungle’ (roast
turkey and salad) and eat ’monkey business’ for desert (’an amazon
portion of coconut breat pudding’) unless they get eaten first. ’It will
be different,’ Richardson says diplomatically.