2nd’s is a little hard to come by, as it’s on the 2nd floor of the back of the Nike store on High Street. The old Mag Net, you would have to really want to eat at 2nd’s to find it. But as soon as I enter and see the booze-laden bar with a bottle chandelier as focal point, I know I’m home.
A little light on the mint, and the mango bits could be muddled some more, but the alcohol content was potent and I knew I would only need one drink to quench my weekly alcoholic fix.
The menu is a tightly-edited list of gourmet comfort food amped up with interesting substitutions and flavor pairings. Good thing we were a big group and we were able to try a lot of the dishes.
As if bacon wasn’t bad enough. Battered, deep fried, and served with a duo of Muscovado mustard dip and spiced vinegar. On its own, the bacon is a little too greasy, but pair it with the side salad and it becomes a hearty accompaniment to greens. You can also get it buffalo-style, but that is just too sinful.
Inspired by birthday party chicken lollipops, the flavor is authentic tangy buffalo with just the right amount of melted butter. Served with a blue cheese dip. My only complaint was that the sizes were too bite size. I want more meat!
Sliced lamb leg and sautéed onions, melted cheddar and Emmenthal cheese, topped with pine nuts on a bun with fries. I like a good cheese steak, and the lamb lent a interestingly intoxicating flavor which cut through the sharpness of the cheddar. I didn’t much fancy the pine-nuts, but they added a crunchy texture to the otherwise soft meat.
Open face roast beef on sourdough with melted raclette cheese, pommery mustard and horseradish sides. The roast beef was paper-thin and super soft, and the raclette’s unctuous aroma gave the meat a briny kick. The sourdough bread was the perfect complement to the rich sandwich. You know what would make this sandwich more memorable? If it was a French Dip Sandwich.
Yep, guilty as charged. I ordered the “creamy Emmenthal, sharp cheddar, and blue cheese mac with Spanish chorizo and a potato chip crust“. Maybe it’s the potato chips, but it was a little grainy and less creamy as I would’ve liked. The flavors were all melted together and became one gooey mess. THIS is comfort food, elevated.
Slow braised beef ribs adobo with garlic. Served with steamed rice and a green mango & tomato salsa, this was another meat substitution that worked extremely well. The braise left the meat falling off the bone, with the soy, garlic and vinegar sauce simmered to a mellow jus. The green mango salsa livened up the normally sodium-heavy dish. Yum.
Many restaurants have this on their dessert menu, but 2nd’s executed the melted lava cake to perfection. The cake was moist while the ganache sauce was thick in the middle, not watery or dry at all. The strawberry compote gave a refreshing complement to the rich dessert.
Homemade stewed apple in cinnamon, topped with crumble, baked and served with mantecado espresso sauce. I like my crumble crumbly, and the crumble was a little too refined for my liking. The flavors of apple and cinnamon felt like a warm apple pie. But Angelicopter is part-German, so she too was snooty about this dish.
All in all, 2nd’s deserves more than a second visit. The food is hearty, mature, and definitely comfort food, revisited. Can’t wait to try the other dishes.
2nd’s Comfort Food Revisited