TWO CITY RESTAURANTS ARE BATTLING IT OUT TO BECOME LIVERPOOL’S ULTIMATE POKÉMON MASTERS.
Upon discovering its signature superlambanana, located in the outside courtyard, is in fact a prime city PokéStop – a landmark on popular virtual reality game Pokémon GO – where players can collect eggs and Pokéballs to catch ‘em all, Sapporo Teppanyaki decided to get involved with the Poké-craze.
Chefs at the Duke Street restaurant have crafted sushi rolls with a distinctive Poké-twist – made using coloured sushi rice, seaweed and cherry tomatoes.
The Japanese eatery is encouraging players to enjoy a spot of fresh sushi, refreshing cocktail or even a meal at its flaming teppanyaki hotplate, while waiting for their game to ‘refresh’ – it takes five minutes for the app to ‘refresh’ and reward players with more treats once they reach a PokéStop.
Sapporo, however, is not the only Poké-obsessed restaurant in town.
Its neighbour – the award-winning Italian Il Forno – is equally determined to become Liverpool’s Pokémon leader.
The pizza masters at Il Forno have created the city’s first ever Pokéball pizza – an authentic wood-fired base decorated with fresh tomato, mozzarella and black olives.
Sapporo’s Head Chef Woody, who crafted the Pikachu roll, said: “We love being creative with our dishes and are always up for a challenge, so it seemed only logical to attempt Pikachu sushi.
“We look forward to welcoming Liverpool’s Pokémon enthusiasts to try out some of our sushi themselves. Maybe stop by for a Poke-pizza with our neighbours at Il Forno afterwards!”
Chef Woody admitted that it was indeed him and colleague Chef Ketchup, playing Pokémon GO in their free time, who discovered Sapporo’s lambanana was a PokéStop.
It’s now up to Liverpool’s discerning diners to decide which dish they like best.
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