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Savour World Cup with Ronaldo's quesadilla, Neymar's Chicken, Messi's Pizza

To cash in on this very sentiment, restaurants have come up with creative ideas to ensure maximum footfalls

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Savour World Cup with Ronaldo's quesadilla, Neymar's Chicken, Messi's Pizza

Want a taste of without actually having to spend for a ticket to

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 fans when the 'greatest show on earth' kicks off tomorrow in

For Kolkata-based Waled Adnan, watching a 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

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 can be relished for Rs 499.

Big screens, happy hours, and a whole lot of cheering is what looks out for.

And the celebrations go a notch higher when you have supporters of two different teams under a single roof, he says.
 

'Monkey Bar' in Mumbai, Kolkata, and has introduced a 'half-time' menu for the month long tournament.

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 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 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," Sudipta Saha said.

While Social in 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," from Social, said.

So, pull up your socks, pick up your team jersey, head to your favourite bar and get ready for the opening whistle to blow.

First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 15:35 IST