This new cafe in Chennai boasts over 200 board games and they've currently got a GoT tournament underway!
Board games are making a comeback. And it’s all thanks to new cafés in the city that are putting the spotlight on a little ‘offline’ fun. The Board Room in the heart of Mylapore that opened a couple of weeks ago comes quick on the heels of The Board Game Lounge in Adyar.
What sets this space apart however is that one of its founders, game developer, Varun Devanathan — has actually created a strategy-based card game based on the Mahabharatha called Legend of Vyas. Imagine zipping through a 3,000 page epic in the same time that it might take you to finish your bruschetta platter! We definitely recommend the Red Garlic bruschetta which is spicy, loaded with crunch and a must-try, from what we got a taste of from the menu. Expect about eight European café staples and an elaborate section of 18 types of teas.
The brainchild behind the café, however, is Sriram Mahalingam, a father of two who says the café is actually inspired by one his biggest problems, “I was unable to find common ground to spend time with my daughters,” he shares candidly. So when he met partners Varun Devanathan and Shravan Santosh after a Splendor Tournament which received plenty of enthusiasm, the solution quickly became clear.
And Varun who is also the founder of organiser of GGEZ, a board game community in the city that meets every week, was already well stocked. Now, expect over 200 board games to choose from — and we aren’t just talking Snakes & Ladders and Ludo. Look out for contemporary options like GoT (all versions), Tash Kalar and Terraforming Mars. The plethora of games available are based on books, series and anime. But no matter what the era — whether you are busy changing the face of a dice in Dice Forge or nostalgically introducing Palanguzhi to your children —they are undeniably addictive and fun.
Did we mention there is an ongoing GoT tournament underway that goes on till May 19?
As we binge on their pasta and panini options while playing Lie (which tests your bluffing skills!), Shravan tells us that on the food front, the idea was to keep the menu pocket-friendly and healthy. This is possibly why all their chutneys and sauces are made in-house there is the option to order vegan variants of most of the items on the menu.
A great way to keep up your stamina as you roll the dice, is with their orange iced tea, which leaves you refreshed. While the onset of summer is making sure that their iced teas are moving fast, one can also have them hot here!
Meal for two INR 800. Entry fee of INR 100 to have a go at the games. Time: 11 am to 11 pm on all days.