That’s because in Ho Chi Minh City there’s a plethora of options for sports fans to indulge their habit in, but with the opening of Pitchers, Sports and Grill in Phu My Hung, when I say indulge, I really mean it.
Open barely a month when we first dropped in, owner/operator Adam Zakharoff had seen an opportunity with the Rugby World Cup on. “I knew it was good timing,” he said. “So even though we were still finishing the place off, I had to get it open.”
It’s a decision rugby fans and residents of the Riverside Apartment complex have been thanking him for ever since, and I must admit that I have too, because if he’d waited, I wouldn’t have had the chance to eat some of the best BBQ Pork Ribs (VND690,000 for a four-person platter) I’ve had in a long time.
That, and a flat bread salami-based pizza he calls The Rage (VND180,000). I literally couldn’t get enough of this last item, not only because it was delicious, but three ‘friends’ turned up and decided it was too tasty for me to enjoy alone. Luckily, both of these plates were huge, and complemented my Famous Frank hotdog (VND150,000) nicely.
Air Hockey… Sweet!
With all the sport and quality Australian beef flying around, you might be worried that this is a ‘blokes only’ affair. But fear not, Pitchers is quite the opposite, putting the emphasis on family fun, featuring a kids’ area with air hockey and foosball tables, both for free.
As a fully formed big kid myself, not having a game would have been rude. I can imagine a fun little Sunday playing these games between the breaks in the cricket. Anyway, for the record, Adam and I played out a hard fought 7-5 win by yours truly, which was followed by my immediate retirement from all forms of the game. Who doesn’t like finishing on top?
All in all, Pitchers is a fun place, and is already proving popular with District 7 residents and air hockey fans alike. The place is light, breezy and easily accessible. The atmosphere is relaxed and there’s a wide selection of food and drink. It hits the right note between family fun, serious sports bar and quality casual dining. There’s even plans for a BBQ catering service and some local craft beer on tap soon.
Well done Adam, I’ll be coming out of retirement next month. — Jon Aspin
Pitchers, Sports and Grill is at C0.01, Riverside Apartments, Nguyen Luong Bang, Q7, HCMC