Table Taft Boardgame Cafe: Now Open at University Mall (Manila)

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the grand opening of Table Taft Boardgame Cafe.  Coincidentally, my little sister (shobe) has been inviting me to take her to Uniqube (also at University Mall) for ages so it was the perfect opportunity for a visit for both. 


table taft boardgame cafe
My entire family is a boardgame geek.  When we were young, we have chess tournaments, monopoly days, word factory days and scrabble days at home.  And, whenever we were done with tag games at our cousins house, we'd watch TV while playing board games.  Now that we've become adults, our board games have expanded to different sorts of party and group games.  But, we rarely have the time to gather and play anymore.

table taft boardgame cafe


table taft boardgame cafe

Table Taft is very spacious with numerous gaming tables. 


table taft boardgame cafe
The decor is simple but fun. 


table taft boardgame cafe
We really appreciate that they have a board game cheat sheet to guide beginners on where they can start...


table taft boardgame cafe
especially since they have over 150 games.


Quick Games
Little sister wanted to play more games so I let her pick quick games which she found interesting.   
 

da vinci code game
Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code (a.k.a. Coda) is a fun and easy to set up, easy to learn and easy to play game.  I suggest this for kids so they can easily learn it and quickly change the game once they beome impatient.

battle sheep game
Battle Sheep
Battle Sheep is a simple but fun strategic game.  It has the basic concept of Go but altered in an easier and interesting way.



tempurra game
Tempurra
Tempurra is a combination of Exploding Kittens and Uno Cards.



hanabi game
Hanabi
Hanabi is a great starter cooperation game.



retro lunacy
Retro Loonacy
While I love my own copy of Star Fluxx, I really had more fun with the easiness of Retro Loonacy.  This is a game of speed that even kids will enjoy.


dr eureka
Dr. Eureka
Game Master Kevin introduced us to Dr. Eureka.  We really enjoyed this.  I bet this is more fun with a group of 4.

More Complex Games
potion explosion
Potion Explosion
Potion Explosion is a really good game for those who want a strategic game with a bit of luck factor.  Too bad shobe just couldn't grasp the concept and found it too long to play.

Game Masters
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Since I'm quite used to playing inermeddiate level board games, I can easily comprehend the concept of the game being explained.  But, shobe thought that some games were not explained sufficiently.  While we enjoyed our games. There was also time when our Game Master just left us.
Me: Kuya pwedeng Takenoko Game namin?
GM: Okay.  (Goes away)
Shobe (5 minutes later): Uhm where is he?
Me: (Busy checking my social media accounts) I don't know...
Shobe (5 minutes later): Wala na ata siya
Me: Okay kuha nalang ako ng game...

Food

table taft gameboard cafe
Table Taft adopts an individual tab system for food orders so each person can leave anytime and settle their own bill.  They also have an entrance fee of 100 php which is consumable for the food and drinks.

Starters
jalapeno poppers
Jalapeno Poppers (150 php)


taco fries
Taco Fries (165 php)

Among the fries options, we loved the Taco Fries.

cheese beef fries
Cheese Beef Fries (150 php)
oversized cheesesticks
Oversized Cheesesticks (120 php)

Shobe and I loved the Oversized Cheesesticks.

onion rings
Onion Rings (110 php)

Rice Bowl
chicken teriyaki
Chicken Teriyaki (160 php)
The Chicken Teriyaki offers tender chicken meat and very sweet and fragrant teriyaki sauce.

Beef Salpicao (150 php)
Among the rice bowls, my top pick would be the Beef Salpicao.

salsa fish fillet
Salsa Verde Fish Fillet (150 php)
Pasta
creamy crispy mushroom
Creamy Crispy Mushroom (150 php)

I liked the Creamy Crispy Mushroom because of the perfect al dente texture of the pasta.


Desserts 
oreo coffee jelly
Oreo Coffee Jelly (60 php)


Apple Turon a la Mode (80 php)
The Apple Turon a la Mode surprised me because it was something new for me.  The mushed apple with cinnamon filling is perfect with the fried crunchy wrap.  Plus, it's quite a bargain for the price.  You can order this for sharing and everyone will be thrilled.

We found the pricing quite reasonable and convenient to visit since the place is accessible via LRT (Vito Cruz Station) too.  Table Taft is open from Monday-Saturday 10 am-10 pm.  

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