CSK-themed shawarma outlet, a hit among cricket-crazy Chennaiites

What’s cooking at Chromepet Shawarma Kings, an outlet that celebrates MS Dhoni and all issues cricket?

The openers of Chennai Super Kings are strolling out. The starters at Chromepet Shawarma Kings are being ready. 

When the primary ball is bowled, followers collect outdoors this small metropolis outlet to catch the thrill. Inside, a few faculty college students — who’ve ordered a Helicopter Shawarma and a Pine Yellow mojito — are glued to the tv to cheer their favorite males in yellow. 

At Chromepet Shawarma Kings, situated at Rajendra Prasad Road, meals and sport jostle for house. Freshly-painted partitions show a lot of ‘yell-ove’, with graffiti of cricketers MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo dominating the present. A poster of Dhoni with the phrase ‘Definitely not’, a well-liked catchphrase as soon as uttered by the captain, finds satisfaction of place close to one of many tables.

At the centre of all that is 34-year-old Arafat Ahamed, a software program engineer-turned-entrepreneur who has mixed his twin passions — meals and cricket. Established earlier this 12 months through the truncated model of the IPL, Chromepet Shawarma Kings is now again in enterprise, with cricketing motion having resumed. “My wife, Shehanaz Begam, and I love eating shawarma, but had to travel till Tambaram for it. We realised the need for a shop in our locality, and set one up,” says Arafat.

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When it got here to discovering a theme, Arafat selected the game he loves. An ardent fan of MS Dhoni, he modelled the interiors on the Chennai Super Kings.

For the menu, he conceptualised dishes similar to Helicopter Shawarma, which is roughly 12 inches lengthy, and a mug shawarma referred to as the MSD Special Shawarma. The mojitos within the menu embody a tribute to all IPL groups and options drinks named Orange Army, Grape Rider and Royal Strawberry.

Even the menu at Chromepet Shawarma Kings celebrates CSK.

Even the menu at Chromepet Shawarma Kings celebrates CSK.
| Photo Credit: Velankanni Raj B

Arafat’s goal isn’t just to rejoice cricket within the menu and interiors, however to additionally create a healthful expertise for patrons. “When we go to the stadium to watch a cricket match, we soak in the atmosphere and make a lot of new friends. I hope to create such an environment in my outlet,” says Arafat, whose evenings on the outlet are at the moment divided between taking orders, coordinating with the cooks and preserving one eye on the cricketing motion.

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There are particular gives throughout most CSK matches, like getting one shawarma free in your order. Also lately launched are vegetarian shawarmas, with mushroom and paneer. “Our aim is to get people to come and watch the match with us.”

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2021-09-25 19:55:40

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