| Patrons enjoy dinner while watching a match at the restaurant in Patna. Pictures by Deepak Kumar |
As Zaheer Khan marked his run up before bowling to Mohammed Hafeez at Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday, Rohit Shekhar ordered a Dhoni kebab and a Yuvraj tandoori.
The cricket enthusiast had come to Crown Castle restaurant on Boring Road to enjoy the Super 8 tie between India and Pakistan. Besides a large LCD screen on which the matches of the ICC T20 World Cup are screened live, connoisseurs of fine dining can order from a menu where the dishes are eponymous with the Indian batting line-up.
If you feel like it, you can open your gastronomic innings with Sehwag biryani and Gambhir do piazza. Yuvraj Manchurian and Pathan Chilly promise to not you down. Raina gosht pledges to take care of the slog overs while Zahir mutton, Chawla chicken fry and Ashwin kofta promise to claim the wicket of your expectations.
“I have never heard such names of food,” said Rohit, a resident of Boring Road. “My son is more excited than I am to taste the food. I am sure Dhoni kebab would be as palatable as the Indian captain.”
Asked how these uniquely named dishes were special, the general manager of the restaurant, Prakash Kumar said: “The dishes are the same, we have just changed the name so that the customers can get a feel of cricket while ordering them.”
He added: “We have done our best to enhance the ambiance of the restaurant so that our patrons can enjoy the ICC T20 World Cup.”
So, while Indian and Pakistani cricketers took a break between the innings to refresh themselves, the patrons tried their hand at hitting a ball on an artificial pitch in the restaurant. The three persons who were able to hit the ball more number of times won food coupons worth Rs 400, DVDs of newly released films, shopping vouchers and movie tickets.
“The footfall at our restaurant has increased since we changed the menu,” said Prakash. “Our patrons can have a lot of fun.”
Those who turned up on Sunday night could not agree more.
As Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan ran through the Pakistan innings, SK Puri resident Rohit Kumar, who had come to the restaurant with his friends, said: “This is the perfect place to watch the matches.”
The national team defeating its arch rivals on the 22 yards made the evening even more special.
For those of you who want to be infected with the cricket fever, you can go to Crown Castle restaurant till October 7, when the final of the tournament would be played.
You would have to shell out between Rs 165 and Rs 250 per plate for the experience.
“It’s a unique idea,” said Vishal Saxena, another customer. “I may not come here to order chilly chicken or mutton biryani but Pathan chilli and Sehwag biryani can make me salivate.”