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Are You Game: Mumbai Restaurants and Board Games Combo

16 Apr , 2016  

Good food, great ambience – these are things that you look for in a restaurant, right? But it’s not called the ‘hospitality’ world for no reason, as these days you’ll find a growing number of Mumbai’s restaurants and cafes going the extra mile for their diners. This could range from customised cutlery, fancy, one-of-a-kind china or quite simply, stocking up on board games like Ludo, Uno, Pictionary, Cards Against Humanity, Quelf and many more! You could be out with friends or even all by yourself and end up joining an adjacent table in the fun.

Childhood memories that didn’t involve iPads or PlayStations are a major reason why such places appeal to us right away. Pooja Arambhan, Curator, MeSoHappi and The Captain’s Table tells us that she and her sister spent a lot of time at their mother’s restaurant as kids. “At that age, we didn’t really have video games or any other form of entertainment. We would be settled into the corner with UNO or Snakes and Ladders and I remember spending hours playing these games. When we were conceptualising MeSoHappi, we were adamant that it would include all our childhood memories and we definitely had to have them at the restaurant.”

Wide wooden tabletops at MeSoHappi ensure ample space to play several rounds of games with friends

Wide wooden tabletops at MeSoHappi ensure ample space to play several rounds of games with friends


 

Arpana Gvalani, Owner of Gostana has been a fan of board games as long as she can remember and stocks plenty of them at her friendly, healthy burger joint. She tells us that they work really well to break the ice between people who otherwise wouldn’t strike up a conversation at all. “Sometimes one table will be playing ‘Taboo’ and the people on the next table will join in, it’s fun to see that,” says Gvalani.

The laid-back vibe of Gostana coupled with their enviable baord-game collection makes this eatery the perfect hang-out joint. (Picture Credits: Joy Manavath)

The laid-back vibe of Gostana coupled with their enviable board-game collection makes this eatery the perfect hang-out joint. (Picture Credits: Joy Manavath)


 

Apart from all the fun and games (we love our puns) it’s obviously a great way to retain customers too. But a concept like this, unless intrinsic to the atmosphere and general experience at the restaurant, can come across as a bit ‘fake’ to diners. The team at 212 All Day Café and Bar rely heavily on creating a “comfort quotient” for their customers. “Be it through our food, ambience, and everything else that we house. Board Games are symbolic of exactly this,” says a team member. So naturally, their collection boasts of Jenga, Pictionary and Snakes & Ladders too!

Speaking of all that spells comfort, Eddies Bistro has taken things up a notch higher by dedicating an event to board games! Nishant Mitra, Head Chef and Head of Operations says, “We host a Board Games event at Eddies every month in collaboration with a friend of mine who runs a club called Board Game Bash, since we have a shared interest in board games. It also provides a mid-week break to our customers with fun board games. We are also looking to create a different culture at the bistro.”

Eddie's Board Game Night is a real crowd-puller and promises lots of fun and new friends (Image source: Board Games Bash Facebook)

Eddie’s Board Game Night is a real crowd-puller and promises lots of fun and new friends (Image source: Board Games Bash Facebook)


 

Games at restaurants sure have come a long way from solving jumbled words and crossword puzzles on a table mat, haven’t they? Will you ditch the Xbox for a game of Taboo this weekend? Give us a shout if you do!


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Tarika Singh is a Mumbai-based food blogger, YouTuber and recipe developer. Every week, she comes up with recipes that are lapped up by an audience not just from India, but around the world. Her growing popularity and following has led to successful collaborations with brands such as Dove and KitchenAid India amongst others, and Tarika also features on the cover of Femina magazine dated July 14th 2015.

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