December 27, 2018

The World's End Pub - Matalino St., QC

Many of us are thankful for technology because it has tremendously altered the ways in which we interact with one another on a daily basis. It’s easier to get in contact with people and it makes a lot of aspects of life way easier than it used to. But just like all things, it has its pros and cons. It may not be a conscious decision, but more and more people are relying on technology for social interaction rather than interacting with others in person.

So it’s really refreshing when you get to unplug or put away your gadgets, once in a while, sit down and talk face-to-face, perhaps play some card or board games, and connect with your friends. It’ll open a lot of avenues and emotions that technology sometimes hinders us to experience. It may also make you nostalgic and remember those times when life was way simpler and more chill.

Well, I got to experience that just yesterday with two of my best college friends when we visited The World’s End in Quezon City. The World’s End, named after a 2013 comic science fiction film, is a pub/board game café/live music bar rolled into one. This pub came about due to the common love, of a group of friends, for games, music, and well, drinking LOL.

Located on the second floor of PM Apartments along Matalino Street in Maginhawa QC, The World’s End is a cozy and dimly-lit pub decorated with artworks from artist friends of the owners. It is a place where friends can gather for a night of fun over board and card games, great bar food and other munches, live music or just plain hanging out. There are often other events held here like art exhibits, fund raisings, jazz nights, stand up comedy, poetry/spoken word et al. Basically a melting pot of all sorts of creatives. Whatever your trip is, you’re welcome at World’s End.

I love board games but only those that are easy to play, familiar and tickles my fancy. I rarely play them as an adult but when I was young, we had all sorts of board games at home, Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Millionaire, Scrabble, Jenga etc. Board games are not just for kids anymore, they are making a comeback with grown-ups too! The recent ones I played with friends were Ticket to Ride, Wonky and Hey That’s My Fish. The World’s End has a decent game selection ranging from beginners to advanced ones and it caters to that social aspect by encouraging players to come in, meet up, and try new games.

While we played board/card games, my friends and I also got to try the food that their offer at The World’s End. The menu is conceptualized by one of the owner’s chef friend and evolved as the establishment got settled. You would find staple bar food, some pastas and of course alcoholic drinks like beer and wine.

Sausage Platter - a variety of sausages pan-fried with white onions.

Cheesy Nachos - nacho chips topped with ground meat, diced red and green peppers and cheese sauce.

Speck - a pasta dish ala aglio olio with lots of bacon bits. ICYDK, speck is an English word meaning "fat", and usually a form of cooking where you render something in pork fat with or without some meat in it.

Fish and Chips - breaded and deep-fried cream dory fish, French fries and house made tartar sauce.

Cheesy Mushroom Rolls - logs of cheese with Shitake mushroom strips rolled in rice paper and then deep fried.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders - breaded and deep-fried chicken breast fillets, French fries and house made tartar sauce.

My favorites were the Speck, Fish and Chips, Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders and Cheesy Mushroom Rolls. The speck has bacons in it so that’s a given. I mean only a monster wouldn’t love bacon right? LOL! The Fish were really tasty and cooked well and suits right with the tartar sauce. The chicken tenders’ garlic parmesan flavor isn’t just those powdered one that they sprinkled on them after deep-frying but is incorporated in the batter which made them really tasty and flavorful. The coating of the chicken tenders and fish are crispy and surprisingly not greasy at all and so were the French fries. The cheesy mushroom rolls were easily everyone’s favorite. Who can say no cheese? And the Shitake mushrooms gave it a hint of some sort of smoky richness. They are your cheese sticks on a whole new level.

Part owner Sam, introduced us (Clara, Jonnah and I) to two new games I have never heard about: Exploding Kitten and Machi Koro. I really liked playing the Machi Koro since it resembles the rules and goals of Monopoly because you need to create your own town and make it successful. I can truly relate to this kind of board game since I used to play Sims, Farmville, Cityville and Township. I love the idea and feeling of being rich and being able to buy and create establishments hahaha! Too bad, I didn’t win though.

Board games can be complicated but playing them is a good way to really interact with your friends on a different level. You get to banter with them and juice out their competitive attitudes. But at the same time you will definitely have a lot of fun. It’s a good veering away from the usual stuff you would do to spend time with your friends. And of course, nothing beats good laughs and good food, right? We will surely have another board games night at The World's End and tow more friends along!

2F PM Apartments, 24 Matalino St.,
Diliman, Quezon City
Contact Nos: 02 9214506

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
The World's End Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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