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For a free kick at Eatopia....

Will it be Brazil? Or Germany? Never mind! Enjoy your meal at India Habitat Centre's Eatopia restaurant where the dishes have been labelled as Free Kick and Penalty. SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY comes back after enjoying her Yellow Card!. .. .

MID-FIELD, penalty, free kick, yellow card... ..with the World Cup football craze gripping one and all, it would be foolish to query what these words signify.

But take a close look. For utter any of these terms at Eatopia, a family restaurant at Delhi's India Habitat Centre, and the chances are high that you may be offered a dish by that name.

Christened so to match the ongoing World Cup hysteria, `Mid-Field' in the restaurant's menu card means a cheese-and-corn pizza topped with marinated lettuce. Priced at Rs.45, `Penalty' is a big size savoury chocolate pastry topped with a generous dollop of vanilla ice cream to go with the sultry conditions.

Asking for a `Free Kick' at Eatopia would see the arrival of small footballs prepared from moong daal in mint sauce garnished with white raddish salad at Rs.35, and `Yellow Card', unlike in a football match, will bring a smile on your face as an inviting mango mousse lands up in front of you.

To savour these affordable delights available till the World Cup final, the restaurant has been putting up a 43-inch screen over the week-ends and a 29-inch screen on weekdays to beam the World Cup matches for its customers. Also, it has roped in biggies like Philips, Gillette, Adidas and Coca-Cola to give away freebies and hold lucky draws. Two return tickets to London by Sri Lankan Airlines are also up for grabs.

Namita Arora from the IHC's Promotion Department says: "When Brazil played against England, we had about 300 people in the restaurant, many of whom were standing. Some came wearing David Beckham hairstyle and some with their faces painted with the flag of their favourite team. It was very exciting.'' But press her not for a direct answer to know how popular the soccer-triggered dishes are among the World Cup fans, for she would politely cover-up the marketing gimmick: It's difficult to say which dish is selling more. Not only these soccer dish-outs, the restaurant has a whole lot of choices for customers to pick from.

Choice, of course, is wide for anyone visiting Eatopia, for the self-service joint has five counters selling reasonably priced food ranging from Indian to Chinese to Continental to chats to bakery items. It has also a children's zone, with video games, different rides and toys for the little ones to be excited about.

As the World Cup fever heightens, Eatopia lists dishes named after soccer terms.

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