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Game Over PH Xavierville, Quezon City

There's this whole new trend to restaurants and cafes the past years: incorporating some other activity other than just eating. I'm not really sure when it all started, but for the past 2 years, I've been attending bloggers' events and hanging out with friends at restaurants that offer something extra than just food. This definitely adds another dimension to the dining experience plus it makes the customers stay longer and possibly spend more. Locally, we've got establishments that double as book shops or libraries, boutique stores (I've seen a couple of these in Imus, Cavite), and there's also a bunch of board game cafes sprinkled around the city.

Zomato held a foodie meet-up earlier this month at Game Over PH in Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Yep, it's a gaming restaurant! More than board games, they also offer PC gaming and consoles. If you're a game geek, this would totally be a wonderland for you! I could totally imagine me and a couple of my friends spending a late afternoon here, probably playing board or card games (or that's just me because I suck at video games).

For a Monday night, I didn't expect the place to have this much crowd. I realized that they have a bar as well, I guess people flock here for some after work drinks, too. As the night when on, the music got louder, the lights got dimmer, and eventually, a DJ set-up his equipment right next to me, it made me aware that Game Over PH is actually a popular place people go to. (This was further solidified by another missed opportunity to meet my OTP in da flesh. Huhu. Yes, they were there the same night -- or early morning, perhaps.)

Look at that extensive selection of games.

Ghosts on the loose!

Game Over PH has 3 playing lounges: one with the 95-inch TV (pictured above) and two with 55-inch TVs. There is also another separate room that's set-up like an Internet cafe for those that fancy PC games (Counter Strike, DotA2, Rainbow Six Siege, etc). The lounges come with a PhP 950 and PhP 550 consumable fees, respectively, good for 1 hour, and the rate for the computer rental is PhP 80 per hour.

Love this mural on the wall! It's by Kookoo Ramos. Have you seen her works in McKinley Hill? (1, 2)

On the table:

Spicy Chicken Skin 💜
Beef Nachos and Chicken Tortilla Wrap

Yakiniku Beef Rice Toppings and Game Over Ribs

Sisig Pizza 💜
Game Over Burger
Beef Salpicao and Shrimp Gambas
Creamy Salmon Pesto Pasta and Salmon Parsillade Rice Toppings
Molten Lava Cake 💜

Tiraccino (Tiramisu capuccino) 💜

I guess I could safely say that most of what Game Over PH's offering is good with alcohol, or food that is easy to eat if you're the type that's able to multitask. There are rice meals, yes, but if you're planning to stay long, the pulutan dishes are your best bet.

My favorites would be the Spicy Chicken Skin, Sisig Pizza, Creamy Salmon Pesto Pasta and the desserts Molten Lava Cake and Tiraccino

Others found the spiciness of the chicken skin appetizer too much, almost to the point it took away the joy of eating the sinful goodness of crunchy chicken skin, but I actually loved it. Dip it in the onion-vinegar concoction and it's even better. I didn't expect that I would enjoy the Sisig Pizza, to be honest. I've always had this love-hate relationship with sisig. Surprisingly, this one, I liked. If only I didn't have work that night, I would've ordered some alcohol to go with this. For the Creamy Salmon Pesto Pasta, it was really flavorful. There's this big chunk of salmon on top that's seasoned to complement the pesto, which was a tad salty. By the way, the Salmon Parsillade Rice Toppings is basically the same thing, just (obviously) change the pasta to rice, but the former's much more enjoyable. I suggest you have that instead of the rice meal.

All the beef dishes was just okay, nothing grand (also, a bit tough and chewy), save for the Nachos. There were hefty portions of beef, tomatoes and cheese but not too much that would make the nachos sag. It was a great way to start the snackathon we had that night. Same goes for the Chicken Tortilla Wrap, Shrimp Gambas and Game Over Ribs, they were good, but just that. Good.

Both desserts were terrific! Being the sweet tooth that I am, I was really looking forward to try Game Over PH's version of Molten Lava Cake. I guess we were all clutching our pearls when the cake was sliced, anticipating that liquid chocolate center. So glad we weren't disappointed! The clash of the warm fudge-y chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream was just perfect. As for the second dessert, I think capuccino tiramisus are not really a foreign concept anymore, but their presentation was, I thought, wonderful. That smooth texture of the mix of capuccino and tiramisu was contrasted with the crunch of rice crispies. YUM YUM YUM! What a great way to cap off the night!

I would love to come back here with my friends since I know they would enjoy places like this, even their kids would love it here, but Game Over PH would not be the first resto that would come to mind if I want to eat out on a weekend night. But that's just the tita in me speaking. Hahaha. There are some hit and misses with the menu, but if you're after the gaming and not the food, this is a must-visit hub for you.


Game Over PH Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Game Over PH is located at 31 Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Operating Hours: 4:00 PM - 1:00 AM, Sundays thru Thursdays
                                5:00 PM - 3:00 AM, Fridays and Saturdays
Contact Nos.: (02) 273 9150 /  +63 933 028 5298
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