Café Myriade, Northbridge
I don’t classify myself as an exceedingly competitive person. Even when I used to play netball in primary/ high school, I would never get wrapped up the heatedness of the competition, and would rarely resort to aggressiveness and complaints if we were losing. I’ve never been too concerned about ranks, prizes or recognition in either my personal life or career – I like to think of myself as someone who’s pretty chilled and easygoing, enjoying life in a calm, collected, appreciative way.
This all changes when I start playing board games. I completely and utterly lose my head – I can change into a point-winning-take-no-prisoners monster. Monopoly on play? Game on. I will buy Mayfair, build a million hotels, take all your money, reduce you to bankruptcy and annihilate you. It’s funny that something so kiddish can reduce me to a shouting, bubbling mess, but it’s times like this in Café Myriade that you can loosen up with friends, pass the time and have plenty of fun.
My friends and I had just wrapped up dinner at Pleased To Meet You, and both my friend and I came up with a simultaneous brainwave – why shouldn’t we indulge in drinks over one of our favourite pastimes? I hadn’t been to Café Myriade in over a year, but I’ve always thought the concept was brilliant – games, food and coffee. Who wouldn’t be able to resist it? It was time for a well overdue visit.
The four of us got there at about 9pm that Saturday night, the incensed crowds of partygoers thankfully still home bound. Café Myriade was pretty quiet so we grabbed a table on the floor, which was bordered by dozens of colourful cushions. A lovely lady came up as we sat, asking if we had been before. Half of us had, but the rest of us needed a quick overview. She introduced the different packages available. We purchased the drinks and 2 hour game package, which only came to $13.50 each. The lady had accidentally put in an extra cashout on my card, but the problem was fixed up pronto. She said she would be back at our table soon to set up a few games for us. It was a relief for me, because the café was crammed with every board/card game known to mankind. It was great to have some guidance!
My friend and I both had a green tea, a pot of hot fragrant herbal tea that washed down the desserts we had previously. It was delicious, not over brewed and had a mild taste. Whilst my friend hugged one of the chess set pieces for comfort and had their chamomile tea (she’s strange like that), we started off with two easy games – The Spot It card game and Geistesblitz 2.0. Both were super fun, quick games that didn’t involve too much brainpower and the instructions were simple and easy to understand. It was a good warm up before we got stuck into Taboo, Articulate (I always, ALWAYS lose that game) and the politically incorrect Cards of Humanity.
The lady at the counter was very helpful, encouraging us to go and see her when we were finished with our games, which we did when we were finished. At about the halfway mark, my friend felt like something sweet, so she ordered the Dark Chocolate Ganache tart ($5.90). I believe it was factory manufactured, but it looked tantalizing all the same. I managed to get a small bite of it – a crisp, thin chocolate biscuit base contained a concentrated amount of chocolate, with fragments of peanuts embedded at the bottom layer of chocolate. It was extremely rich, so it was good that we shared it between the four of us! The strawberry tarts also looked particularly delectable that night – maybe for next time!
We hadn’t realised we had crossed over our 2 hour paid game session – it was only when we were notified by the staff that we even grasped how invested we were into our games! Articulate, in particular, was a struggle between the four of us – it was equal parts stressful and hilarious. Luckily, the staff at Myriade were unruffled about us going over time. They said we could continue up till about 12.15 am (yes we had played for three hours, unknowingly) and pay the extra hour afterwards, which only happened to be an extra $2.50 per person on top. The lady who had explained the games to us was going to notify us that our game session was up, but saw we were so into the game (it had got pretty intense with Taboo and Articulate by that stage), that she didn’t want to interrupt. How considerate!
I love Café Myriade. The set up is great, there are plenty of tables and chairs inside to accommodate for large groups of people. The games are all stacked up on easily accessibly shelves and it’s all fun and colour inside. There are also Wii packages available, though everyone that night were more into playing the old fashioned way, with cards and boards. The great thing for me was the Monopoly themed roof, which bordered the ceiling!
The drinks were nice, the food was good and the service was delightful – the three people that worked there that night were friendly and incredibly helpful! The games are also very user friendly and well organised. The range of food available is good if you feel like a bit of dessert (i.e. cakes, tarts, chocolate slices), though there are also some savoury dishes on offer. If you want to be entertained and want to try something different from the movies/shopping (or, like the girls and I that night, need a break from eating) than Café Myriade is your place (caution: you may become obsessed)!
Rating: 7 out of 10.
Address: 2/98 Lake Street, Northbridge
- Open in the afternoon till late on weekends (2pm to 11pm on Sunday, 2pm to 12am on Friday and Saturday). Open Tuesdays to Wednesdays (from 7pm to 11pm).
- Café Myriade also do loyalty cards (9 hours of game time and get one hour free!)
- Many different events held at Café Myriade monthly including tournaments, duels , Nintendo challenges and social role playing games (check out their webpage for more info!).
- No bookings available (though if you are looking for a function or space availability, you can contact them via email: Enquiry@cafemyriade.com.au).