No news on where the French will be heading to watch Les Bleus, but with their love of good cuisine, expect some to turn up at the Cafe at Far Eastern, Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, 6F, 210, Dunhua S Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市敦化南路二段210號6F), tel: (02) 2738-8888. Executive chef David Ansted has created a South African buffet and there will be a lucky draw sponsored by South African Airways and the Master Football Association (MFA). Prizes include a return flight from Hong Kong to Johannesburg. For parents with kids who catch the soccer bug during the next few weeks, MFA will be running weekend coaching sessions around the city. For more information, call (02) 2592-2877.
Investigations failed to uncover where those following reigning champions Italy will be heading for their group matches, but we’re sure a few will turn up at FIFA-approved Capones, 312, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段312號), tel: (02) 2773 3782. The restaurant will be showing all the games in high definition with English commentary and the kitchen will remain open for every match. For those with children who want a family-friendly atmosphere in which to watch the World Cup, Capone’s is a safe bet.
Annemarie Pot of Dutch-language social club VNT tells us many in the Dutch community will be donning their orange outfits and meeting up for the first game against Denmark on Monday in Tianmu at the Red Hut, 2, Ln 405, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 6, Taipei City (台北市中山北路六段405巷2號). The location for the second game against Japan has not yet been decided. It could be the Red Hut again or a jaunt to Malibu West, 9, Ln 25, Shuangcheng St, Taipei City (台北市雙城街25巷9號), tel: (02) 2592-8228.
There will be England fans in every nook and cranny: it’s not a case of where they’ll be, but where won’t they be. Expect On Tap, Brass Monkey, Tavern Premier, Carnegies and Capones all to be packed tomorrow night when England kick off against the US. Don’t expect to just turn up and get a seat, even at 2:30am, so book in advance. My Place, 3-1, Ln 32, Shuangcheng St, Taipei City (台北市雙城街32巷3-1號), tel: (02) 2591-4269, will show all the games live and is offering bottles of Heineken for NT$100 throughout the World Cup.
Additional reporting by Diane Baker, Neesha Wolf and Thomas Walk