Game of Cheese Grand Opening Tasting

Game of Cheese pizza

Game of Cheese located at 505 Hwy 7, Unit 50in Thornhill

This past Saturday, I was invited to a new restaurant called Game of Cheese as part of their Grand Opening which included a dinner tasting menu where we were able to try some of their cheese-inspired and Asian Fusion items.  Game of Cheese comes from the invention of Chef Frank Liu, the head chef of KaKa All You Can Eat.  Game of Cheese is located in the ever-popular (and perpetually changing) Commerce Gate plaza on Highway 7 and Commerce Valley in Thornhill.  It takes the place of a previous hot pot restaurant, previous Hong Kong style cafe, and two different previous fish noodle restaurants (I know; I’ve personally been to these all previous restaurants before XD).

Game of Cheese storefront

Game of Cheese located at the Commerce Gate plaza

Sweven Media was the organizer and host for the event.  First, we were treated to any of the four drinks on the Fruit Slush Menu.  I started off with the Mango Fruit Slush.  It was presented in a nice tall glass with a mixture of ice and chopped-up strawberries and syrup at the bottom of the glass which you could mix together with the mango fruit at the top of the glass.  It was a luck of the draw but my mango fruit slush tasted a bit bitter; not uncommon for the mango fruit in general.

Fruit Slush Menu

Fruit Slush Menu

Mango Fruit Slush

Mango Fruit Slush

I tried the Guava Fruit Slush that Ken got.  He also had chosen a pineapple sorbet to top his drink.  The guava and pineapple sorbet were quite good!

Guava Fruit Slush

Guava Fruit Slush

Before the tasting began, we were welcome to take photos of the pre-made dishes in a dedicated photoshoot area.  We were treated to beautifully created pizza, pasta, and appetizers to photograph.

Food display

Food display for photoshoot

Shrimp Tempura Pizza

Shrimp Tempura Pizza that we later tried

photo of a photo

Everyone doing this at the event

cheese shaving

Some cheese shaving action as well

Game of Cheese murals

Cheese characters on one of the many walls

The walls of the restaurant were covered with unique drawings of the logo and mascot for the Game of Cheese which all involved cheese, cheeseheads, and cheesy foods (designed and drawn by Evelyn of @eveyxfoods).  It was mesmerizing to say the least since there were so many details on the murals!  It made for a casual and fun atmosphere when you are at the restaurant since the cheese characters are cute and memorable.

Game of Cheese murals

Game of (Cheese) Throne? What’s the story here? XD

Game of Cheese interior

The space inside the restaurant

Game of Cheese logo

Game of Cheese logo

After a brief introduction and official welcome to the restaurant, we were treated to three live cooking demonstrations by the very own Chef Frank Liu before the actual tasting commenced.

Chef Frank making pizza

Chef Frank demonstrating how to make the Shrimp Tempura Pizza

First, Chef Frank demonstrated how he made the Shrimp Tempura Pizza.  You could tell Chef Frank’s passion and dedication into his craft because he was lovingly focused on the steps and process in making this Asian fusion Shrimp Tempura Pizza.  From the premade dough, he covered it with garlic oil, smeared curry sauce on it, added wasabi salt, seasoning, tempura shrimps, high quality crab meat, cheese, and mayo on it (don’t quote me though! :D).

Shrimp Tempura Pizza

A slice of Shrimp Tempura Pizza to try

We were able to try this Shrimp Tempura Pizza fresh from the kitchen.  The servers gave us each a slice to try.  This was delicious!  The curry sauce at the bottom of the ingredients made the pizza flavours tie together into a definite fusion that I’ve never had before.  It was so good.  The tempura shrimps and crab meat were a great fit to the pizza too.

Chef Frank making pasta

Chef Frank demonstrating the making of the Black Truffle Carbonara

The second cooking demonstration was for the Black Truffle Carbonara.  Again, Chef Frank concentrated on showing us how he created this dish by making the pasta sauce with egg yolks and milk, boiling the pasta, mixing it together before adding in a fresh spring egg (the spring egg is delicious — I remember loving it at my first visit to KaKa), and black truffle to top off the dish.  It smelled absolutely delicious as he was making the dish and made our mouths water.

Black Truffle Carbonara sample

Small sample of the Black Truffle Carbonara

Again, like the pizza, we were treated to a sampling of the freshly made Black Truffle Carbonara after the cooking demonstration.  I enjoyed the sauce on the pasta; it tasted strongly of egg but was thin and didn’t made the pasta stick together.  It was different than other pasta sauces I’ve had!

Chef Frank making dessert

Chef Frank demonstrating how to make the Chocolate Truffle Tart

Thirdly, the last cooking demonstration was for the Chocolate Truffle Tart (I actually didn’t even know that we were going to be treated to watch three cooking demos; I thought we were just watching one!).  Chef Frank prepared all the various layers of the Chocolate Truffle Tart and demonstrated the care and detail he put into the rich chocolate dessert whose appearance can pass for fine dining.  There was rich chocolate cream, double churned cream, a chocolate base, and a chocolate covering at the top (again, don’t quote me).  Upon finishing it, he asked us if we wanted to try it first or begin dinner.  Although I wanted to begin dinner first, the majority seemed to want to try the chocolate dessert first so we waited 10 minutes for the Chocolate Truffle Tart to set in the fridge before we were able to try it out.

Chocolate Truffle Tart

Chocolate Truffle Tart

Mmm!  It was incredibly rich and creamy.  One bite was more than enough for me at that point.  The quality of the chocolate used in the dessert were definitely high and contributed to a rich and strong chocolate dessert ideal for sharing.

Finally!  We were able to start the tasting menu!!

Game of Cheese tasting dinner menu

Game of Cheese tasting dinner menu

(Before this though, I went to try another Fruit Slush since the mango one wasn’t up to par.  I chose the Passion Fruit Slush with Raspberry Sorbet on it.  This one was really good!)

Passion Fruit Slush with Raspberry Sorbet

Passion Fruit Slush with Raspberry Sorbet

All of our appetizers arrived all at once.  I think the kitchen had these all ready for us but since the cooking demos weren’t done yet, everything sat under the heating lamp until we were ready (…!).

The Korean Style Seaweed with Korean Spicy Soy (sauce) was served in a skillet.  These were bunches of vermicelli wrapped in seaweed and then thrown into the fryer accompanied with some definite spicy soy sauce.  I liked the crunch and spice of this.

Korean Style Seaweed with Korean Spicy Soy

Korean Style Seaweed with Korean Spicy Soy

The Arancini Balls with Spicy Tomato Sauce were fried balls of cheese that were also served on a skillet with some tomato sauce and melted processed cheese.

Arancini Balls with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Arancini Balls with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Chicken Karaage Pizza

Chicken Karaage Pizza

Our first pizza dish also arrived at this time.  We were served the Chicken Karaage Pizza which I thought was a genius invention!  I love chicken karaage and to put it on a cheesy pizza was so smart!  I really liked the chicken karaage on top of the pizza; it was very nicely seasoned and in good sized pieces.  The pizza also contained some pineapple chunks with cheese and cream sauce.  Overall, it was a very good pizza but a lot of us thought that when comparing it to the first pizza we had, the Shrimp Tempura Pizza was still many people’s pizza of choice.

Chicken Karaage Pizza

A slice of Chicken Karaage Pizza

Yuzu Miso Cream Sauce Seafood Angel Hair Pasta

Yuzu Miso Cream Sauce Seafood Angel Hair Pasta

The Yuzu Miso Cream Sauce Seafood Angel Hair Pasta was really good!  I would go back for this one.  I like angel hair pasta in general (I actually haven’t had it in a long time) and this was done well with the seafood and cream sauce.  The seafood included tempura shrimp and high quality crabmeat again (like the first pizza).

For the dessert portion of the tasting, we were served the “3 Hours Cheesecake” and the Sake Jelly.  (We had already tried the Chocolate Truffle Tart as a whole as part of the cooking demonstration.)

3 Hours Cheesecake

3 Hours Cheesecake

The 3 Hours Cheesecake was served with berry compote and a serving of raspberry sorbet with some chocolate crumbs on the side.  I was the last one to try the cheesecake which we shared among the four of us and so I might have been influenced by everyone else’s reactions to the cheesecake (XD) because when I tried it, I thought it was really good cheesecake that was strong in cheese flavour.  My three companions all thought it was super strong and reacted physically towards the unexpected “cheese bomb” flavour in their mouths.  I just thought it was really good cheesecake. 😀  The raspberry sorbet on the side was a good side to the creamy cheesecake.

The Sake Jelly was first served to us without the sorbet but later corrected to include it.  The sake was strong in the jelly dessert for sure.

Sake Jelly

Sake Jelly

The event stretched from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in total.  They had originally expected to finish up by 4:30 p.m.

Before we left, we were gifted with some gift bags that included the press release information for Game of Cheese, a 15% voucher, and a box of a single chocolate!  That was very sweet of them to gift these to us. 🙂

Thank you Sweven Media and Game of Cheese for inviting us to your restaurant for your Grand Opening and tasting!!  I was really grateful to be able to try out this restaurant and all their dishes as part of a tasting ever since I had heard about this restaurant through the grapevine when it first soft opened about a month ago.

Game of Cheese business card

Game of Cheese details

FTC Disclaimer:  Although Sweven Media and Game of Cheese invited me to a complimentary tasting, the opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of the companies.

Game of Cheese Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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I'm a stenographer, foodie, avid traveller, and a really silly person if you get to know me well enough. =)
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