Now that I'm officially a member of Titas of Manila, I value staycations more than ever. But when I get invited to play board games over yummy snacks, I'd be ready in a heartbeat. And that's pretty much what happened two Saturdays ago when The Foodie Station invited me to hangout at Puzzles Board Game Lounge.
Hello again, Puzzles.
To be honest, I was a bit iffy to tag along as I had a not so good experience at Puzzles almost two years ago. But everything deserves second chances so I decided to go. Plus, the competitive person in me was dying to visit again.
The place wasn't very packed when we dropped by as there were three vacant tables when we got there (with one reserved under our group).
We started off our Puzzles experience with some (heavy snacks) and despite being full from our late lunch, I had to make room for these goodies.
The Puzzles Nachos (PHP380) may seem pricey but its serving size and generous toppings would definitely make this dish bang for the buck. Each bite was packed with salsa, chili, garlic sauce, flavorful beef and cilantro.
I was a bit intimidated by the Buffalo Chicken Tenders (PHP350) as it looked spicy with its bright orange color. But as I nibble the end of the chicken strip, I realized that Puzzles uses mild buffalo sauce making it very tolerable for those with low spice tolerance. I wasn't able to dip it in bleu cheese sauce though as one of the foodies accidentally dropped it.
The Cheesy Bacon Fries (PHP250) were addicting! I might be a bit biased here though as the dish was topped with triple cheese sauce and crispy bacon bits. But even without those, I think Puzzles' fries are pretty good as I didn't get any of that startchy after taste even after having the fries sit for over an hour.
If you're hungry, you have to get The Puzzles Burger (PHP370). This hefty 1/3 pound 100% pure beef patty topped with aioli, homemade pesto, cheddar cheese, roasted tomato and relish sandwiched by potato buns and paired with potato chips is one serious meal.
Make sure to split this with someone if you're not that hungry.
We also had some pancakes, sausage on mashed potato, bacon slab with rice and egg and pizza as part of our feast.
And I loved the fluffy pancakes with berries! Breakfast food for the win!
For drinks, I tried Milo Godzilla (PHP180) and Oreo Milkshake (PHP210). Both were really good. I love that Puzzles kept its milkshakes simple and focused on what's important... taste.
It may be sweet but it was not crazy sweet that would make you gasp for water. It also went well with the food we had.
And what's a meal without desserts? We had some brownie a la mode and Puzzle's famous Oreo Afraid of the Dark (PHP150). And as always, these were great too!
After stuffing ourselves with good food, we played Joking Hazard which is just like Cards Against Humanity, only more interesting. True to the famous online comics Clyde and Happiness, the aim of the game is to come up with the best three-square comic strip.
We also played Jenga which had some "love challenges" written on some blocks and Pie Face without the cream coz we're kill joy.
Too bad we were not able to play the other games as it was starting to get too late when we finished our last game. But this will definitely not be our last visit.
I can't wait for Puzzles to have new card games!
Puzzles is located at Ground Floor, Fort Pointe 2 Building, The Fort Strip, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.