2nd's is a great place to hang out with friends, while enjoying food and a single malt whisky. Its laid-back vibe is certainly inviting.
There, they serve comfort food and unique dishes like the crispy fried bacon with its tangy buffalo flavor and blue cheese. With food like that, they make sure you come back for 2nds after your first visit. :)
The restaurant is set up like a homey living room. The tables are spaced nicely (great for privacy) and the high ceiling gives it a relaxing feel. Kudos to Luigi Tabuena for designing the place well.
2nd's may look a bit intimidating from the outside but they don't have a dress code, so feel free to come as you are.
Here is the Soft Opening Menu:
Starters, Burgers/Sandwiches, Mains, Salads, Sides, Desserts, Favorites
Another plus for the place -- they've got one of the best examples of very good acoustics in a restaurant. They even installed insulated foam to absorb the sounds (similar to those you see in museums).
You'll really hear the difference because the place is conducive to meetings and reunions with friends.
The salads here are simple. Fresh vegetables are matched with a good dressing.
2nd's prices are a bit expensive, though, ranging from P300-P500 per dish.
Our friend Joe ordered this burger, which reminded me of Borough's burger. (Joe, was it good?)
The presentation was a "Wow!" when it first came out, but then we saw that this was the standard presentation for the steaks and other dishes.
I ordered this dish since I'm trying to eat healthy these days. :)
The chicken was cooked well, but it was a bit on the bland side without the sauce. I liked the crunch of the fried polenta (flour ground from dried corn) and how it did not feel as heavy as eating potato or rice.
We loved this! The lamb was very soft and had long, meaty strands with the texture of corned beef. The cheddar top was crusty and perfectly matched the creamy potato beneath it. The serving size is good for 2 persons.
I find it quite rare for a restaurant in the metro to invest in proper acoustics and to make sure that the smoking room is sealed tight. So, this is a welcome break.
The restaurant has one of the nicest views in Bonifacio High Street (BHS), and you can see Mercato Centrale from there. :) It was a good decision to remove the balcony of Mag:Net and integrate it in the restaurant to make it spacious.
If you are planning a date, reserve the tables near the window.
2nd's Drinks Menu (Single Malt Whiskies Collection: Glenfarclas 12, Glenfiddich 12, Glenlivet 12/15, Highland Park 12, Laphroaig 10, Lagavulin 16, and Macallan 15)
One of the owners is a fan of single malt whiskies. We were introduced to it by our friend Ainsley recently, and we loved it versus the blended whiskies. They collect as many single malt whiskies as possible. If you are a fan, then this is the place for you.
(I'm not sure if there are other bars/places in the metro that have an extensive collection of single malt whiskies. Any recommendations?)
2nd's owners are from Church Simplified, the people behind the cool, spiritual art installations in BHS. We had a fun chat with Sung Park (also known as Mr. Nuclear) who shared with us the story of 2nd's, which we learned has nine owners. Mario Rossi of Cafe Puccini, Luigi Tabuena (architect), BJ Albert, Tanya Kropp (a.k.a. The One You Marry) are among those nine. (Who else did I miss?)
Congrats to Chef Mikko Reyes for the interesting menu selections at 2nd's, especially the Buffalo Bacon Chicharon! (See 1st photo of this post.) It felt like we were eating thin but meaty chicharon strips, which came with a tangy sauce usually reserved for chicken wings. Definitely a different eating experience. :)
Overall, 2nd's is a breath of fresh air in Bonifacio High Street because most of the restaurants in BHS get very, very noisy when full. The comfort food is good but on the expensive side -- budget P500-800/person. In this case, I don't mind paying a premium for the spacious table layout and good acoustics, which are quite rare in Manila.
2nd's (Comfort Food Revisited)
2nd Floor, Wumaco Building 1
Quadrant 3, 9th Ave, Bonifacio High Street
Telephone: +632 846-5293
Operating Hours: 11.00am - 3.00pm, and 6.30pm to 11.30pm
Tanya Kropp (a.k.a. The One You Marry), +63 917 595-0492, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sung Park (a.k.a. Mr. Nuclear), +63 917 836-0084, email@example.com
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