High Grounds Cafe is a 24 hour coffee shop / restaurant situated off Tomas Morato in Quezon City that offers various coffee-based drinks, cakes and comfort food. What makes it special is their high-end PC gaming services that’s available for rent to anyone who wants to play the latest games or just browse the internet through their ultra high speed connection. When we say high speed connection, take note that we are talking about 56 Mbps (based on our latest speed test).
High Grounds Cafe
Address: 67 Scout Rallos Street, Sacred Heart, Quezon City Metro Manila Philippines
Operating Hours: Open 24 hours
Facebook Page: https://web.facebook.com/highgroundsofficial/
Contact Number: +632 880 2037
When you enter the place, you will be overwhelmed by its huge space – really very spacious! It has a high ceiling, very good air conditioning and fully upholstered chairs all over the place much like the lobby of a hotel. Go further inside and you will find the gaming area. However, I would like to concentrate in checking out the food because, that’s the real reason why Eat’s a Small World was there. Here we go…
High Grounds Meat Platter – PHP 1,500.00 ++
Doesn’t this look so tempting? Their meat platter is perfect for sharing! Grilled pork chop, BBQ short beef ribs, Peri-Peri chicken and grilled sausages. It’s as good as it looks in the picture!
Mini Burgers – PHP 350.00 ++
Another barkada favorite! Mini version of their popular High Grounds Burger: pure beef patty, lettuce, bacon, tomatoes and cucumber. Sarap!
Brazo de Mercedes– PHP 100.00 ++
Here’s a unique take to the famous #BrazoDeMercedes cake. It’s not too sweet and the glaze on the outside was sooooo good, makes me want to order another slice!
Our favorite drinks at High Grounds Cafe. They were all professionally made by seasoned barristas and they all taste fabulous!
Matcha Freeze – PHP 180.00 ++
It’s my personal fave! It’s so creamy but the earthy flavor of matcha is still evident. Very satisfying, very refreshing!
Cappuccino– PHP 140.00 ++
We love their coffee drinks particularly their cappuccino which had a full, bold flavor and served piping hot — not too sweet. Indeed, coffee is the best drink while playing PC games or hanging out with friends. We always go to High Grounds Cafe for their best selling coffee drinks.
Let’s talk about fast internet. Here’s a screenshot of their WiFi connection speed straight from my phone. It’s so fast, I can download super big files in a few minutes. Also, take note that WiFi is free for two hours for every 150 peso food purchase. Check the rates below:
Need more WiFi hours? You can avail these services for a certain amount. Just ask any of their servers.
High Grounds Cafe has the best “in-class” gaming desktops from Acer Predator. Their common gaming area is fully equipped with around 100 units of Predator G3 (GTX 1060) and 10 units of Predator G1 (GTX 1080) for their VIP area. Fantastic, huh?
The Predator G3 is powered with Intel Core i7 6700 processor with Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 128 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD storage.
So I tried playing PUBG (Player Unknown Battle Grounds) first using maximum graphics quality. And yes, there are no major PC issues so far, no internet connection problems (very low ping, download and upload rate) and it was certainly satisfying. Game loading wait time took longer than the usual (as compared to what I am expecting to a monster gaming PC) but at least after playing for a few minutes, the momentum will stabilize and will provide a superb gaming experience.
For PC rental, here are the rates. To simplify, the more load you purchase means bigger savings.
There’s an al fresco dining area for those who want to eat outside and smoke. I noticed that most people love to drink alcoholic drinks here.
Here’s what I love about High Grounds Cafe: they have an exclusive lot dedicated for parking — guarded by their 24 hour security personnel. And yes, it’s free for their customers! Hurray!
Their restroom is clean and beautiful. We love the brick walls.
There is no bidet but they make sure that the toilet bowls are OK. Their staff is always present to ensure the cleanliness of the area.
Overall, High Grounds Cafe is a one stop shop for those who want to drink coffee, play PC games and surf through their blazing fast internet service at any time of the day. Their kitchen is available to serve good food from 11:00 AM to 1:45 PM. If you are coming alone, you can order a coffee based or ice cream based drink and a pasta dish. If you are bringing the whole gang with you, make sure to try their meat platter, buffalo wings and pizza. It’s our faves and we are sure that you will love it too!
Prices are slightly “pricey” BUT you have the convenience of a 24 hour cafe that is upscale — ready to serve you anytime. Even for the PC rental, it’s indeed a premium / best in class service so you have to pay extra $$$. If you are a serious gamer, bring your own mouse, keyboard and most importantly — gaming headset. Also, make sure to avail their load up promo, to score the lowest possible PC rental rate.
And oh by the way, all of their staff are trained to entertain technical questions and troubleshoot their monster gaming PCs. They are super accommodating and they always wear a smile, especially their cafe manager Mr. Lance Simpao.
I heard that they are opening a second branch in the south and I really can’t wait for it! Yay!
This review is the opinion of the author based on actual experience. The establishments may have changed in terms of ownership, prices, decor, service, food preparation and food presentation after the posting of this review. This is not meant to influence the reader’s decision.