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I needed to get out of the house today, so I invited Grace and Jeroen to dinner.
At first we wanted to eat bone marrow and pancakes (not as a combo) at Malcolm’s Deli but no one was picking up the phone. We didn’t want to go there and be told there are no pancakes and bone marrow tonight.
So we took Jer to 2nd’s, a hidden little restaurant at Bonifacio High Street where mag:net used to be.

2nd's

It’s my 3rd time here. Oddly enough, the one who introduced me to 2nd’s was my Hong Kong-based friend, the hip and happening The Wanderlister.
The restaurant’s signature dish is Bacon Chicharon. Nothing spectacular really, but ordering it is a must.
What it is basically is crispy batter-fried bacon served with vinegar and a small salad. Jeroen said he wished the bacon was served warm, not room temperature. I may be wrong, but it seemed like the bacon had been precooked some time ago since every table orders it. In which case, maybe they should keep it under a hot lamp or inside the oven?

Bacon chicharon

The onion soup was a disappointment because it was sweet, which French onion soup is not supposed to be.
Based on the color of the soup, one can suspect that the sweetness of the soup did not come from onions but something else.

Onion soup

The strongest point of this restaurant is its presentation. The ribeye steak looked so amazing served on this wooden board, with a side of mashed potatoes and buttered vegetables. We were excited to split this into three. However it turned out to be ordinary. Veggies were good; potatoes, ordinary.

Ribeye

Had this with a side of garlic and olive pasta, which is OK if you’re vegetarian. Bread was not good.

Garlic and olive oil pasta

The sea bass sinigang is OK if you don’t eat meat (read: diet food).

Sea bass sinigang

We ended with a chocolate lava cake that was lava-less, to be frank, but we finished it.

Lava-less cake

Overall, the place looks cool, with a full-house on a Wednesday night, families and good-looking couples. So business must be good. But to sum it up, the food is prettier than it tastes.

Read also: Man Eat Manila

2ND’s is on the 2nd level, Wumaco Building 1
Quadrant 3, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street
Tel. 846-5293 • (0917) 500-8828

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Miles

Personally I love 2nds and I defs don’t think that  “the price…ridiculous!!!”. And darling I respect your opinions but Ms. “hmmm, maybe not even worth a try huh?” I think 2nds is actually worth a try and you shouldn’t be influenced so fast by these haters.. Guess you just ordered the wrong things. The bacon chicharon is better if you order the spin-off version with the buffalo sauce and ask for all 3 sauces, the steak? order the one topped with raclette. Try their beef rib adobo also. Their sandwiches are good too. Get the Kiddie spaghetti with span or the… Read more »

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Di pa ako nakinig sa inyo…

Had dinner with the boyfriend a while ago. Food WAS so so and borderline hindi masarap. 🙁 I guess they were able to convince bloggers to feature them in their “fashion blogs”.

The only thing I found amusing was the table next to ours which were a bunch of foreigner tweenies (nagaaral sa international school siguro) who were being served with beer and other alcoholic beverages. Wala ba tayong law sa legal age for alcohol??

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Rica

i love their mac and cheese!!! 🙂

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Antoinettemacho

what is walang kwentang food…and for the price…ridiculous!!! it’s not even average…di siya masarap!!!!

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J_Elise

Their truffle risotto’s really good and their cheesesteak sandwich. Oh and also their beef salpicao with foie gras 🙂

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Lava Bien

You mean heat lamp not hot lamp?

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My gas, Cecile. Ang sarap mo talaga kumain. Next time sama ako! Pero to somewhere masarap, not just pretty =D

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Guest

We ran in to you yesterday! 🙂 You mistook our office floor for 2nd’s. Anyways, you should have gotten the Beef Rib Adobo and Truffle Mac n Cheese. I think those 2 dishes are their greatest. Everything else is just ok.

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So I guess I wasn’t the only one who was disappointed. Went there because I’ve been reading good reviews from blogs but the food was actually just so-so. My steak-guy hubby was not satisfied at all with the steak, and I only ate a few spoonfuls of their three cheese baked macaroni. The highlight of the meal was the caesar salad; the presentation was really unique and quite interesting and it tasted good. My hubby and I went there last valentine’s day because we thought the ambiance would be a little formal and quiet. But when we got there it… Read more »

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Drew

The menu looks so interesting, the wordings used wanted me to eat their food, so i did and yes presentation is very nice but the food strangely has no taste. 

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Grace

Went there during our vacation last May. There was a table full of artistas when we were there so I thought the place must be popular and the food really good. NOT!

I had the same opinion about the Bacon Chicharon! I was expecting it to be warm and thinner. Such a disappointment!  Ordered the Risotto and Lechon Kawali (for me and hubby) for main course and they were BLAH! 

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Ok, so their strongest point is presentation? But the Onion Soup looks… 😛 Hehe.

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Didi

i SUPER agree that the food looks prettier than it tastes!!

I think their idea is.. pabusugin ka sa ambiance at presentation!! 

Teehee!!!

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Haven’t dropped by there for so long. Hmmm … so mag.net’s gone. 🙁
Yes, the food looks yummy but from your verdict, hmmm, maybe not even worth a try huh? The power of a powerful blogger to influence nga naman haha. Di na ko na-excite sa food sa nila. LOLZ.

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