When I first heard about a restaurant named “Chinese Cricket Club“, I felt that it has something to do with the ‘Insect Cricket’ and obviously ‘Chinese Food’ since its kind of tough to relate China with Cricket, though they have a national team which is an affiliate member of the ICC. But I was pleasantly surprized after reading the ‘about us’ section of the London based restaurant – “The restaurant is named in honour of the original Chinese National Cricket team, who played their first international match in 2009”. Isn’t something unusual for a cricket fan? Perhaps, No!
Cricket has always found a place in the heart of foodies and many restaurants, pubs and clubs have been opened to honour cricketers or cricket teams. It is very usual to find bars and pubs in the UK dedicated to the sport (though I am yet to find a one which has been named in the honour of English Cricket Team). Even a place like New York, which thinks Cricket to be a poor man’s game of Baseball (though I would argue its the other way), has plenty of places showing live cricket matches with good food even if not entirely dedicated to the sport. I would suggest trying the Australian NYC if you are in Manhattan and want to see a game of cricket.
And the story in the subcontinent is a step ahead with legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Gangular having their own brand of restaurants serving a mix of their favourite cuisines from all over the world. And if you are lucky, you might spot them and have a chance for an autograph and perhaps food on the house. Most of the sports bring you good booze to mix with the game but Cricket is slightly ahead here, it brings cuisines from all over the world. That is why it is a True Gentleman’s Game!!
Oh, btw, that Chinese Restaurant is good if you want to try..