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Prince
11-14-2013, 11:42 AM
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When 17-year-old Sachin Tendulkar was asked about his favourite food, his humble answer was simple Indian food, preferably chicken. Since then, he has blossomed into quite the home chef, who isnít a smidge bit shy to whip up a batch of fish curry or prawn masala for his wife and kids. Rumour has it, that members of Team Blue have also been blessed to try his bhaingan bharta.

Would it then be a stretch to say that Sachinís love-affair with food ó particularly seafood ó is almost as legendry as his cricketing career? From street food in Pakistan, bombil in Mumbai, and sushi in London, we tell you what to try at the following Sachin-approved dining destinations.

Prince
11-14-2013, 11:43 AM
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Street Food in Pakistan

Sachin’s love affair with Pakistani’s streetside eats is almost as old as his cricket career. Legend has it, 16-year-old Tendulkar used to start his day by tucking into a few keema parathas and lassi for breakfast, skip lunch and have nothing till dinner. And still, somehow, when the tour ended, he returned home a whole lot more prosperous than when he had departed.

Prince
11-14-2013, 11:44 AM
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Fresh Catch in Mumbai

What good would this Sachin story be without at least two home turf suggestions? First up is Mahim’s Fresh Catch, which owner Francis Fernandes tells us Sachin quite literally chanced upon. The story goes a little like this — sometime in 2006, the batsman was in the area at a studio doing an AD shoot, when he suddenly had a yen for some fresh fish (perfectly understandable). The studio owner (and photographer Israr Qureshi) rang up Fernandes, and the rest, as they say was history.

Prince
11-14-2013, 11:44 AM
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Gajalee in Mumbai

Next comes, every Mumbaikar’s current favourite seafood haunt: Gajalee. While many of you may find their sol kadi, bombil, crab soup and fish in green sauce a little too steep, we say, there should be no price for food which touches the soul.

Prince
11-14-2013, 11:45 AM
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Martin's Corner at Betalbatim in Goa

Twenty five something years ago, (now late) Martin and Carafina Pereira Martin’s Corner started out as a tin-roofed shack that served locals their sunset tipple with fried fish. But, after Sachin ‘discovered’ it in the late ’90s, the popular local haunt could barely keep up with the mounting orders for delicious batter-fried calamari, crab xec-xec and shark ambotik. So what’s the Little Master’s favourite order? Carafina’s son Jose says a doggie bag brimming with myriad Goan masalas and crabs stuffed with spices.

Prince
11-14-2013, 11:45 AM
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Bukhara at ITC Maurya in Delhi

“Delhi’s Best Indian Restaurant” also happens to be India’s best batsman’s favourite go-to Indian restaurant in the capital. Established in 1977, this stone-lined and red-rug trimmed five-star eatery hasn’t changed its menu in years. And why would it? Especially if everyone from Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Bryan Adams, Queen Rania of Jordan, Mohammad Ali and Salman Khan have booked a table here to try their fabled dal makhani and kebabs.

Prince
11-14-2013, 11:46 AM
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Caught and Bowled in Kolkata

Clichť alert! If you played a sport call cricket, would you go to a restaurant called Caught n Bowled? While in Kolkata, Team India and Sachin did. Their order was made up of plates full of bhetki paturi and golden fried prawns.

Prince
11-14-2013, 11:47 AM
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Sukla Paul in Kolkata

Just in: All of last week, The Master Blaster was calling in for meals from homemaker Sukla Paul. What did he eat? Mutton biryani, lobster curry, chingri malai curry, prawn curry, and bhekti meuniere.

Prince
11-14-2013, 11:47 AM
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Nobu in London

This eponymously named eatery — that is co-owned by veteran actor Robert De Niro — is almost every Indian celebrity’s must-eat-at London pit-stop. Sachin included. Situated in the posh The Metropolitan Hotel on Park Lane chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s avant garde Japanese eatery is known for its black cod with miso, and rock shrimp tempura.