Hello again, 2nd's!
Now located at Forbestown, 2nd's now has brighter and slightly more feminine interiors.
I was invited by Collab Contessa to feast on 2nd's new dishes and I was very excited about it as I'm a fan.
As I browse through the menu, I noticed that even the food offerings have been revamped and are now more tailored towards women. From small dishes to coffee and cocktails from Bitters Bar (which I will blog separately), everything looks perfect for a nice catch up session with friends.
For starters, we were served with some fresh Summer Squash Salad (PHP310). Sadly, they didn't have enough to go around and I missed my chance to sample it as I was too busy taking photos outside.
I wasn't able to try the Buffalo Pops (PHP280) and Bacon Juicy Lucy (PHP370) as well.
But I got word from Yourfoodtographer that the Bacon Juicy Lucy sandwich was indeed juicy and flavorful! I guess I have to drop by soon to try it myself!
The Red Snapper Sinigang (PHP510) had an interesting presentation. The beautifully roasted maya maya with eggplant, red onions, tomatoes and other greens were served separate from the miso tamarind broth allowing the veggies and fish skin to remain crisp. I would have loved it better though if it was a bit tangier.
If you prefer poultry as your main dish, you might prefer Roast Chicken Blanc (PHP450).
Each bite was oozing with smoky flavor that made me crave for rice.
But if you want something heavier, a bowl of Spaghetti Vongole (PHP420) is a good option. The lighter taste of the white wine with clams dish would be filling but won't leave your taste buds overwhelmed.
I got a glass of Frosé to pair the dishes and it was pretty good too, not to mention Instagram worthy! But foodies who are not into alcohol might not like this as it has a strong alcohol taste.
You might fancy one of their coffee-based drinks instead like this one that uses El Union beans.
To cap our meal, we indulged in a heavenly slice of 2nd's New York Cheesecake with Strawberry Rose Tea Compote (PHP280). The dense cake with layers of cream cheese and slightly crunchy base made my taste buds do the happy dance. I'd definitely swing by again for this and pair it with a cup of coffee.