World Cup opening day is upon us, and, in celebration, The Bar at The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa is now serving up nightly specials and inspired takes on street food from around the globe.
The World Cup “Kickoff” promotion includes The Langham’s signature cocktails and an upscale bar-food menu crafted by Chef Erik Schuster (that’s him, at left).
Each dish represents a different World Cup competitor country, and weekly face-offs will pit one country’s menu item against another. (This week is England’s fish and chips against the U.S. “Dirty Dogs.”)
Follow and play along on Twitter, too, for the chance to win some complimentary World Cup street food.
Let’s take a food journey, in photos, after the jump:
South Africa: “FIFA Balls,” semi-sweet millet puffs
England: Duck-fat fried fish and chips with tartar sauce and bock vinegar
France: Coq au vin wings with cremini espuma and crispy cipollini
Germany: Brown-butter spaetzle with shaved beer cheese
Spain: Manchego serrano ham churros with queso manchego sauce
USA: L.A. “Dirty Dog,” mini kobe hot dogs on pretzel buns
with bacon, sweet peppers and onions
Mexico: “Chips & Salsa,” crispy fried hominy with flavors of pico de gallo
Argentina: Faina flat bread with chimichurri
(Photos courtesy The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa)