I’m interrupting my Fringe reviews to post a restaurant one. Although, it does have a Fringe connection. Across the Board Game Cafe is a new restaurant located just off of Old Market Square. For many years the space was occupied by The Fyxx, and then by something else whose name I don’t remember. I used to go to The Fyxx whenever festivals were on for their frozen teas. This year I decided to find out what Across the Board Game had to offer.
Across the Board Dining Options:
When you walk up the stairs into the restaurant one of the first things that strikes you is the number of shelves full of board games. This is not a place with a restaurant and a couple of old Monopoly sets around. They seem to have just about every board game imaginable. $5.00 will get you game play that is generally unlimited unless the place is really busy in which case they reserve the right to impose a three hour limit. Not sure what game to play, there are employees there to recommend and explain various options to you.
I though, had come for the food.I had been into Across the Board once a few months ago, when I was looking for an evening coffee while in the Exchange. They offer a $2.00 Americano which makes for a good deal. It’s not the greatest Americano, but still pretty good, and at that price not a bad trade-off as far as quality goes.
When I came the next time with the intent to order a meal, the place was relatively busy with a mix of games and diners. As I was going out to watch plays later, I decided I wanted something light but filling. So, I ordered the Salad Rolls and Soup. The soup was good and fresh, but the salad rolls were the real star item. They contained a variety of vegetables that were both fresh and exceptionally crisp. Along with the rolls they offer a walnut vinaigrette that makes a pleasant change from the more traditional peanut sauce.
The next time I went I didn’t end up staying because they were busy and I was told there would be a 45 minute to hour wait for seat. Pro Tip: Don’t go on your own at dinner time.
The day after that, I returned for an after dinner dessert visit. This time the restaurant was mainly empty. As it was early evening I decided to go with their Dice Bowl snack and a piece of Buttertart Square. The Buttertart Square is brought in from Lilac Bakery. However the Across the Board finishes it with a little Berry Sauce around the edges. The Berry Sauce gave a nice flavour counterpoint to the square. The Dice Bowl is an in-house version of Nuts and Bolts that would be nice to enjoy if you were playing one of their games.
The service was good. The food servers were every bit as attentive as the game attendants. If you’re a fan of dinner and a movie, Across the Board Game Cafe would make a great change from routine with a dinner and game evening.