Live sports and hearty food make for an irresistible combination at this spacious downtown pub. Review and photos by Brett Davis.

Coming on the scene in the second half of last year, the sports pub Game On occupies some hotly contested territory for the expat market in the downtown area of District 1. The venue has seen steadily increasing trade over recent months and an overhaul of the menu is aiming to assist in that upward trend.

The new chef behind the burners has worked in numerous restaurants around town and on cruise ships in the region, and his refreshed menu covers everything from breakfast to bar snacks, salads, burgers, generous mains and a selection of Vietnamese fare.

Game On’s doors open at 8am every day, which makes the place a good option for a bite of breakfast before heading to the office. There are savoury and sweet options, such as the eggs Benedict (VND 125,000) or the pancakes with strawberries and yoghurt (VND 95,000).

If you are hankering for something more substantial to start your day, there is the Game On Big Breakfast (VND 150,000, and it is big) which includes scrambled eggs, grilled tomato, bacon, sausage, baked beans, hash brown and toast.

For something lighter, we recommend the Game On’s Own Salad (VND 125,000), a Cobb-style salad with romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, bacon, avocado, cherry tomatoes and a balsamic dressing.

A sports bar wouldn’t be a sports bar without good finger-food, and there is an impressive selection on offer. The salt and pepper squid (VND 125,000) are tender and tasty, while the chicken wings (VND 125,000) are served coated in spicy marinade and accompanied by blue cheese dipping sauce.

Main dishes range in price from VND 130,000-300,000. A consistent favourite is the bangers and mash (VND 130,000), as is the beer-battered fish and chips (VND 180,000). However, the chef really comes into his own with his homemade sausage roll (VND 200,000) and chicken and mushroom pie (VND 200,000). The sausage roll’s pastry is flaky and golden-brown and the filling is spot-on. The chicken pie is so moist and flavourful you don’t really need the accompanying gravy.

With a satellite dish delivering live sports from around the world and a menu of top-notch grub, Game On more than holds its own in this competitive neighbourhood.

115 Ho Tung Mau, D1
08 62 51 98 98
8am until late
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