Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Back for 2nds at 2nd's Restaurant BGC

2nd's Restaurant is a casual dining restaurant at Bonifacio High Street specializing Filipino and international comfort food. The restaurant also serves a wide selection of global brands of wines and beers.

It was in late 2014 when we first tried 2nd's Restaurant and we instantly fell in love with their food and their place. That's why when the team behind Favorite Manila Restaurants 2014-2015 and Taggo invited us for dinner at 2nd's Restaurant, we immediately said yes! Here's what we had when we went back for 2nds at 2nd's.

Smoked Caprese Tower

For starters, our group had the Smoke Caprese Tower (P430.00). Layers upon layers of mesclun greens, tomatoes and smoked kesong puti from Laguna form a tower and is then drizzled with pesto and balsamic glaze. The best way to eat this salad by layers starting from the top. The smoked kesong puti replaces the usual mozzarella cheese used in traditional Caprese salad. It adds saltiness and a smokey taste profile to the dish. The tomato slices and the mesclun green gives crunch and freshness to every bite.

Bacon Chicharon

Next to arrive on our table was the Bacon Chicharon (P340.00). The classic American comfort food bacon meets the all-time Pinoy favorite chicharon. We went crazy over this starter when we first visited 2nds and when we saw this dish landing on our dinner table, we were like "Ayan na, ayan na!" (There it is, There it is!). These super crispy bacon chicharon really went well with the spiced vinegar. If you are not fond of the chicharon-vinegar tandem, you will probably enjoy the muscovado mustard dip.

Risotto de Mariscos

2md's had us try one of the new items that they will soon include their menu. The Risotto de Mariscos is a must-try for seafood lovers. The risotto itself was creamy with a mild seafood flavor. The rice was perfectly cooked to be soft with a firm bite at the center. It is then topped with plump shrimps, squids and mussels. The tomatoes and lemon zest balance all the flavors.

Crispy Duck Confit

I grew up eating fried duck since my mom is from Pateros. It's an acquired taste, perhaps because of the strong flavor of duck meat that many consider as "malansa". 2nd's Crispy Duck Confit (P895.00) does not have that strong "ducky" flavor, because the meat was brined before being fried. The meat was super tender while the skin was very crispy. It can actually pass as chicken if you didn't know that it was a duck dish. It is then served on a bed of emmenthal mash and sautéed red and white cabbage drizzled with sweet duck jus. Pineapple chutney is then served on the side.

Lamb Shnk Caldereta Gratin

You must have noticed now the creativity of 2nd's Restaurant in putting a Filipino touch to all  their dishes. In contrary, the Lamb Shank Caldereta Gratin (P995.00) is an example of a classic Filipino dish leveled up with culinary innovation. This Filipino favorite dish uses lamb to replace the usual beef, pork and chicken. The meat was super tender that it falls off the bone. The strong flavor of lamb was also gone, making the dish more palatable. Finally, it was topped with grated Swiss cheese. And what goes well with caldereta? Steaming hot rice of course!

Frozen Hazelnut Cheesecake

We finishing off this fabulous dinner with Frozen Hazelnut Cheesecake (P295.00), a heavenly mixture of Nutella and Cream Cheese with a hazelnut graham crust, and topped with a Ferrero Rocher. I love anything cheesecake, and I particularly liked this dessert because it has a well balanced sweetness and choco-creaminess.

2nd's Restaurant was recognized by the members of Favorite Manila Restaurants 2014-2015 as one of the top restaurants in Metro Manila. This list of restaurants is integrated into Taggo, a new social marketing platform that where a "Fan" receives discount and promo privileges and translates a "Fan" into real-world sales for a restaurant. A win-win for both the Fan and the Restaurant.

Taggo has partnered with Master Card to provide diners with a 10% discount (or any special offer provided by the Taggo restaurant members/merchants) when they use their Master Card credit card to pay their bill to all Taggo restaurant members.

To qualify, a Master Card holder only needs to following these three easy steps:

1. Like the restaurant's Fan Club and register their mobile number.
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2. Present their mobile number to the cashier/food attendant once ready to pay with a Master Card credit card.

3. A check-in will be posted on the customer's Facebook wall.

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