A cafe to satiate cricket appetite
Colombo: Pull the bat-handle and open the door to cricket fantasy. The Cricket Club Cafe, tucked away at the serene Queen Street here, is an absolute delight for the connoisseurs of the game. The place is all about the gentleman's game, its traditions and history.
Even the innovative menu card with dishes named after cricketers is a delight. So you have Murali's Mulligatawny, Imran's Pakistani Pumpkin Soup, Gavaskar's Greek Salad or Ponsford's Prawn. Or, try out Allan Lamb's Stir Fry, Ganguly's Grill, Punter's Pepper Chicken, Viv's Vegetable and Bedi's Brownie with vanilla ice cream.
The cafe, set-up in 1996 by Australian James White and his wife Gabrielle, has cricket memorabilia -- flags, team jerseys, autographed bats, shirts and everything related to the game -- in four rooms of the building.
The walls adorn the pictures of some of the game's historical moments. One corner has been kept exclusively for the champion Sri Lankan team of 1996 with pictures and clippings talking about their fairy tale victory.
The pride of place has been given to Sir Don Bradman and rightly so. There is a Bradman Bar and several items on display, including newspaper clippings of the exploits of his 1948 "Invincibles" on tour of England and pictures of the legendary cricketer.
Touring teams make it a point to visit the place. Several Australian players, including Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, have come here and so have former India World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.
Many players have also donated their memorabilia, informs a supervisor
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