Eat and Play: Top gaming restaurants in Mumbai and Delhi

Schenelle Dsouza 
Gaming restaurants are an ideal spot for good food and a good time. From bowling alleys to arcades, gaming restaurants are widespread in the West and are slowly gaining momentum in India as well. For the longest time, places like Smaaash and Timezone were in the lead for gaming spots in India. However, in recent years, restaurants like Game Palacio, Shott and The Game Ranch have become the go-to spots in the city for a fun evening of sporty games and delicious food. Take a look at some of the best gaming restaurants in Mumbai and Delhi.
Shott
Shott
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Shott is regarded as one of India’s largest full-scale first-class gaming heaven spread across 25000 sq. ft. It has over 100+ arcade games, party banquets, a restaurant and bar for great food and cocktails. One factor that sets SHOTT apart from other gaming spaces is its redemption counter, which has some of the most exciting and gratifying selections. Gamers are said to have won items like iPhones, Macbooks and bags from high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, Armani and Tumi, and beauty and cosmetics from Chanel, Gucci, Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder and more. The fully functional resto-bar at Shott is the perfect place to unwind after bowling. The in-house restaurant & bar, operated by The Rolling Pin offers a patisserie, chocolatier and boulangerie combined with all the offerings of an all-day restaurant. Housing everything from mouth-watering bar food such as onion rings, garlic bread to exotic samosa cigars, falafels in pita pockets, nachos, and bruschetta, along with dim sums, pizza, and tandoor specials. Shott also has an extensive children’s menu containing everything from pastas to s’mores sandwiches, cookie in a cup, Nutella cookie pan, chocolate pizza, a Belgian waffle and a delicious chocolate fondue.
Shott
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Address: 4th Floor, Crystal Point Mall, New Link Rd, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053
Smaaash
Smaaash
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One of India’s oldest and most acclaimed gaming spots, Smaaash combines gaming, entertainment, virtual reality and dining, creating a unique immersive experience. While some spots specialise in bowling or arcades only, Smaaash offers it all under one roof. Renowned in the field of sports simulation technology and proprietary gamification technologies, Smaaash has a unique twilight bowling zone, motor racing and bike racing simulators, go-karting tracks, along with virtual reality led entertainment gaming zones like Walk the Plank, Finger Coaster, Cockpit 360 etc. When you’re finally tired of playing, Smaaash has a variety of food from quick bites like french fries and onion rings, to pastas, pizzas, burgers, rice meals and more. Smaash also has quite the selection of liquor including, beer, wine and hard liquor and cocktails. Smaaash currently has about 32 centres spread across 16 cities in India.
The Game Garden
The Game Garden
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The Game Garden is another exciting concept by Prasuk Jain, the man behind The Game Palacio and The Game Ranch. Described as the ultimate gaming and dining experience, The Game Garden sets a tone with its secret idyllic rooftop bar – The Beer Garden. The space’s dynamic garden vibe comes alive with natural greenery, lush chandeliers and foliage as far as the eye can see. The idyllic secret garden is surrounded by activities and games like bowling, cricket, bungee soccer, an indoor golf course and more. The Game Garden also houses a rooftop restaurant with farm-fresh food and delectable cuisines that elevates the overall gaming experience. The restaurant is a multi-cuisine one offerings like Roman Verde Pizza, the Indonesian spicy chicken satay with peanut butter sauce, turmeric cottage cheese tikka, penne pasta with nutty basil pesto, black olives and sundried tomatoes. “The Game Garden in Navi Mumbai is an ode to nature and replicates the same experience to bring one closer to the beauty of it while having all things fun. Along with a fun gaming experience, we aim to bring an elevated dining experience with the launch of the Beer Garden. Patrons can sit back, relax and indulge in some mouthwatering delicacies after a fun round of games,” says Prasuk Jain Founder and owner of The Game Garden.
The Game Garden
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 Address: 1, Level 2, Seawoods Grand Central Mall, Sector 30, Nerul, Navi Mumbai 400706
The Game Palacio
The Game Palacio
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A hotspot for a fun family-friendly experienxe, The Game Palacio with its great food and arcade is the perfect setting for a quick midweek break, or even a weekend of entertainment. The Game Palacio gaming offerings are what make it stand out. It has everything from retro-gaming like PAC-MAN to adrenaline pumpers like Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider series, not to forget the world class bowling alley with transparent bowling lanes. The food menu at The Game Palacio is filled with Italian delicacies like Frutti Di Mare pizzas, along with fusion foods like pan-seared Tofu on a bed of Mexican brown rice. The fully-functional and world-class resto-bar at Game-Palacio is the perfect place to unwind after bowling or the arcade. For the lovers of fine cocktails, there is a fully-stocked bar with spirits from around the world. The Golden Haze made with fresh galangal muddled with peach apple juice and topped up with whiskey, and Maid of Honour prepared with blue pea infused gin with kafir lime topped with tonic water and magic are some of the specials. Additionally, classics like the whiskey sour and mojito are also available.
The Game Palacio
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Address: G0001/B, Krystal Building 206, Below Hakkasan, Waterfield Road, Bandra West, Mumbai 400050
The Game Ranch
The Game Ranch
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A fairly new launch, The Game Ranch was opened in July this year. The concept behind the space was a resto-bar with the ambience and vibe of a ranch in the countryside. Earthy tones of brown, beige, cream, and taupe complemented by wooden elements transform the space into an old-American-style ranch with old-American-style entertainment. In addition to an exciting bowling space, The Game Ranch has an all-American-inspired menu with authentic American, South American, and Mexican cuisines. Expect delights like wood-fired pizzas, appetizing grills and exceptional barbeque platters, along with the live grill counter and barbecues that capture the essence of the old Wild West. “The Game Ranch is that spot in the city that gives you a fresh burst every time you enter and completely changes your mood from the hustle of Bombay. We’ve created a space where once feels like they’re in a fresh, lively and energetic vibe that completely lifts up the mood and brings in a sense of belonging. For us, it is about inviting people into a completely different world, especially for someone who loves the idea of a countryside experience,” says Prasuk Jain Founder and owner of The Game Ranch.
The Game Ranch
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Address: The Game Ranch, 1st floor, Unit Number 2, B-wing, Delphi Building, Delphi Orchard Avenue, Hiranandani Gardens, Panchkutir Ganesh Nagar, Powai, Mumbai 400076
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