Neymar’s free kick chicken, Messi’s magic pizza: Menus get WC twist
WANT a taste of the FIFA World Cup without actually having to spend for a ticket to Russia?
Then head straight to the many restaurants, bars and cafes around the country that have decked themselves up with fancy menus and fancier themes to drag in the football fans when the ‘greatest show on earth’ kicks off Thursday in Moscow.
For Kolkata-based Waled Adnan, watching a football match at a sports bar is the closest one can get to being at the stadium. “It’s the feeling of unspoken camaraderie that you go for.”
The idea of walking in, awkwardly sitting and scanning who’s supporting who, and then making a team of your own is what drives him to a bar instead of watching a match at home with friends.
“Usually, a missed goal or a foul or even better, an actual goal, is a good way to find your team, if they’re not wearing jerseys to begin with, that is,” he told PTI.
To cash in on this very sentiment, restaurants have come up with creative ideas to ensure maximum footfalls.
‘After Stories’ in the city has come up with a pizza menu inspired by popular teams - Peppy Portugal, German Magic, Belgium Rush, French Connection, Argentinian Ooze and Brazilian Treat being some of the options one can check.
A pizza and a choice of beer pitcher can be relished for Rs 499. Big screens, happy hours, pocket-friendly finger food and a whole lot of cheering is what Punebased software project manager Subhabrata Chattopadhyay looks out for.
And the celebrations go a notch higher when you have supporters of two different teams under a single roof, he says. NEW Zealand’s Amelia Kerr on Wednesday shattered Belinda Clark’s 21-year-old record for the highest score in women’s ODI as she smashed 232 not out in a match against Ireland here.
The 17-year-old Amelia, opening the New Zealand innings, hit a whopping 31 fours and two sixes in her 145-ball unbeaten knock that took her side to 440 for 3 after electing to bat first in the third ODI here. The earlier record of 229 not out in the name former Australian captain Belinda was set when Amelia was not even born.
Belinda had made 229 not out against Denmark.
‘Monkey Bar’ in Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore has introduced a ‘half-time’ menu for the month long tournament.
Football snacks from around the world including ‘Football Farsan’, ‘Mexican Wave’, ‘Kahn’s Hot Dog’ and ‘No. 10’ and some irresistible deals on beer and drinks will add to the fun quotient at the gastropub.
“The menu is designed to encourage community dining with easy to consume dishes that complement the beverage selection,” Dheeraj Varma, Head Chef, Monkey Bar, said. They will also be splitting their space in two, for football fans to pick a side to root for.
‘The Park’ in Hyderabad has also curated a special menu with dishes inspired by legends of the game.
There is the Lev Yashin pigs in blanket (Russia), Muller’s striking sausage and sauerkraut turnovers (Germany), Neymar’s free kick chicken and palm heart pasties (Brazil), mesmerizing Messi’s corn and cheese empanadas (Argentina) and a lot more. Chaibreak in Kolkata too has named items on their menu after players—Messi’s magic calzone pizza and Ronaldo kick Mexican quesedilla.
“The city of lights resonates its love for the game and this season we bring out the fervour in terms of our specially crafted menu,” corporate Chef Sudipta Saha said.
While Social in Bangalore won’t be doing a special menu, it will host tournaments of its own to set the mood. “There will be foosball tournaments, FIFA PS4 tournaments and FIFA quizzes during the season,” said Anuj Sama. So, pull up your socks, pick up your team jersey, head to your favourite bar and get ready for the opening whistle to blow. FANS of the Mexican national football team can send up their prayers for the team’s good fortune in the 2018 World Cup Russia with Santo Nino de los Milagros (The Holy Child of Miracles), also known as the Santo Nino footballer, housed in San Gabriel Arcangel Church.
At San Gabriel Arcangel Church, located in the Tacuba neighboUrhood, in the west of the city, Mexican parishioners “entrust” the Holy Child “to help the Tricolor” in their quest for victory in the World Cup, reports Efe.
“The Holy Child image is open to the public throughout the year,” the seminarian Jorge Valdes said.
Generally, people who ask for intercession from the Holy Child are the mothers of sick children, those who are hospitalized or those who will undergo an operation as well as women who will give birth, he said.
“They would ask him for a child, and when their child is born, they would thank God and they would bring him a toy or a robe as a gift. And when it’s the World Cup, people would bring him a ball or a shirt from a team from the Mexican league or from the Mexican national team,” he explained.
Valdes said that since the 1986 World Cup Mexico, a group of parishioners proposed dressing the Holy Child as a football player so that people could ask him for his “divine” support.
Mexico is part of Group F in the World Cup 2018 and will face Germany, South Korea, and Sweden.
Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane (R) and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthick at practice session at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.