SINGAPORE RESTAURANT

King and the Pawn

Over 300 games and hearty grub to boot

Located at Purvis Street, this board game bar and cafe has been beautifully conceptualized and executed. The space offers up 300 board games, hearty comfort food, and a full menu of drinks—so you can enjoy hours of fun on a full stomach.

Tucked away along Purvis Street is the homey 55-seater King and the Pawn Board Game Cafe & Bar, with a solid menu of hearty grub, artisanal cocktails and locally brewed craft beers—and best of all, no imposition of a time limit.

Owned by board-games-enthusiast couple Grace and Yixian, here, board games are naturally the biggest draw. And with a veritable list of more than 300 board games—of which a good chunk were painstakingly imported from the United States—expect to find a heady mix of choices, ranging from 'abstract strategy' to 'hard strategy'; and more than a few breezy party games in the mix. The staff are well-versed enough with games to recommend options depending on your preference or party size, which can be as small as a two-player team to as large as a ten-people party.

Easy crowd favorites include the Riff Raff Balancing Ship game that tests your dexterity when you have to balance tiny game pieces atop a precariously swivelling ship; and Cards Against Muggles—a clear Harry Potter twist on the notorious Cards Against Humanity (also available)—that's bound to have Harry Potter fans and non-fans alike in stitches. For the completely uninitiated, whet your appetite with classics like Monopoly, though it would be a waste at a board games haven like King and The Pawn. Best part: There is no time limit, which leaves room for trying your hand at heavier-hitting games that can take up to hours. Instead, all the cafe asks for is a "cover charge" of $8 per person (Tues-Thurs) and $13 (Fri-Sun) for whoever's playing.

Not just a one-trick pony, King and The Pawn also boasts an impressive menu of hearty eats and drinks. Still largely in sharing portions, the must-tries include the Popcorn Chicken Duo ($14) served with dipping sauces; Tomato and Roasted Grape Bruschetta ($10) that comes with a generous tub of feta cheese; as well as the aromatic Truffled Honey Croque Madame ($22), a full-sized main you won't want to share. If you're coming with a lot of friends, get The King's Nachos ($23)—freshly made to order, big on flavors, and heaped with mozarella, guacamole, salsa, buttered corn and jerk chicken. The cherry on top is a full menu of artisanal cocktails ($15-$16), wines ($11), and bottled craft beers (five for $60) from the likes of Rye & Pint and Blue Moon; served from the bar, an unlikely but pleasant surprise for a board games cafe. 

Aside, attention to detail is evident in every aspect here, from the lovingly crafted scrabble-tile coasters, to the larger-than-life Snakes & Ladders wall deco. A well-thought out place that's both cozy and conducive to while away the hours? Check(mate). 

Venue Details
Address: King and the Pawn, 2 24 Purvis St, Singapore, 188601 Singapore
Phone: 6259-1913
Area: City Hall
Cuisine: Cafe
Price Range: $
Open since: October, 2018
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 5-11pm; Fri 5pm-2am; Sat 11-2am; Sun 11am-10pm
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