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This IPL season, Kolkata’s cafés bring in cricket-themed goodies for fans

For all the KKR fans and cricket enthusiasts, Kolkata's restaurants and cafés are joining in the buzz with dishes named after players and IPL décor.

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The new buzz this IPL season is the Bluzz Lounge and Bar, a cricket-themed restaurant providing delicacies to foodies and cricket lovers. (Photo: Facebook/SanjayKumar)

With KKR moving into the IPL play-off stage, the city’s cafés, lounges and restaurants are readying to serve the cricket lovers and foodies with lip-smacking dishes themed on the teams and the game.

“We will have Special KKR Dessert apart from Square Cut Chicken Pizza”, the Owner of popular Hangout Cafe ‘What’s Up’ said.

“Besides, there will be Square Drive Polo Con as well as Gayle’s Calypso Chicken”, he added.

The patrons, a large number of them from Generation Next, will watch the matches on a giant LED display board on the terrace. To keep up with the atmosphere waiters will be dressed in jerseys of the IPL teams while the interiors will have cut-outs and team flags.

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Other popular restaurants and cafés like Smokeshack, Park Plaza are ready to keep pace with their innovatively-named creations like ‘Bravo’, ‘The Champion’, ‘Return of Pieterson’, ‘Gauti’s Grit’, ‘Warner’s Attack’, ‘McCullum’s Aura’. All these are combos and comprise liquor.

“The new offers will be available only during match hours and are aimed to drain the summer heat while relishing every up and down of a match played by one’s favourite team”, a spokesperson said.

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Different types of cuisines like Italian, Mexican and Lebanese are offered at Bluzz along with delicious deserts. (Photo: Facebook/JayesmitaKundu)

Mahmood Alam, the owner of Rooftop Cafe The Shack Lounge, said, “There will be some spins to our regular Italian, Mexican and Lebanese cuisine and a new American section with cricket reference which the guests can discover from the IPL semi-final day.”

The café has been done up with cardboard cutouts of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir in their team attires and a cheering SRK from the Eden stands in KKR’s purple and gold outfit. At the Maaya lounge bar of Swissotel Kolkata, there will be beer and burger combos during the live screening of matches.

Foot-tapping music, new cocktails and mocktails with innovative names like ‘Eden’s Mexican Wave’, ‘Kohli’s Woo Woo’, ‘De Villiers Straight Drive’ and ‘Dhoni’s Helicopter Shot’ would be the highlights at the Bluzz Restaurant. These can be savoured with dishes like ‘Extra Innings Mixed Grill Platter’, ‘K K R Tikka’, ‘Royal Challengers Chicken’ and ‘Power Play Platter’.

Since IPL matches take place in summer, the food festival organised by ‘The Astor’ restaurant has been named ‘Summer Trummer’, its spokesman said.

“Guests can watch the IPL matches from May 21, 2016, on big LED TV’s while gorging on Watermelon Salsa, Kulfi Malai Tikka with Star Fruit Chutney, Watermelon Gazpacho paired with summer based main courses, will be on offer along with a range of salads”, the spokesman added.

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