Kolkata: With the eighth edition of IPL in progress, cricket fever has gripped this sports-crazy city with restaurants offering lip-smacking dishes in freshly done-up interiors resembling playgrounds.
From mocktails named after Gayle Storm, Rohit Rider and Maxwell Mist to dishes christened as Eden Platter, Royal Challenge and Chennai Super Express rice, pizza and kebab spreads are being offered as the main course in one such speciality restaurant.
"We have a lavish menu for the patrons who will be watching the proceedings on giant LED screen with replicas of bat, cricket gear and logos of team jerseys adorning the place," Nitish Saraf of Kuaizi N Kadai restaurant said.
Saraf explains that since each IPL team projects the image of the city it is based in and accordingly recruits local players, his restaurant has sought to add local flavor to each dish.
In Swissotel Kolkata, cricket addicts are relishing 'Eden garden Roll', 'Hyderabad Mirchi Bhajiya', 'Chicken Sun Riser', 'Pind da kukar' from different regions that reflect the diversity of India for which IPL stands for.
In our Maaya lounge bar 'IPL Celebration 2015’ starts from 5 PM to 9 PM on every match day," a spokesman said.
Giving twist to the names of delicacies, in another part of the city, the assembled crowd on a match evening can order Knight Riders Burger and Kings Hot Dog, from Royal Challenger Pizza to Square Cut Focaccia (Indian kebab and Italian Bread fusion), chef Ripam Banik of the Park Pavilion said.
Themed as ‘Culimary Power Play’, the offerings are aimed to create a hype for the IPL and the accent will be on bowling, he said, adding, "You can see by the names – Bounder Chicken Hot Dog to Full Toss Pizza.
"Our coffee shop and the Jameson Inn Shiraz has been adorned with cricket symbols to recreate the cricket flavour so that savouring food and watching the matches live can go hand in hand," Rupam said.
In The Park, Kolkata, to satiate the match watching crowd, there is this match 'appetiser' named "How many can you knock down in 40 overs."
At Monotel, the new luxury destination in IT hub, a month long succulent and variegated kebab festival marks the IPL season which ends on May 24.