2nds Valentine’s Menu Offerings

2nds has always been one of my go to restaurants. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, I was invited to sample their Valentine’s Day special set menu. The upside is that I got to enjoy a good meal and great wine with friends. The downside? That it will only be available on February 14, 2013. I definitely think that this meal is worthy of the hallmark holiday. I am one for celebrating love anytime I possibly can so I’m quite the sucker for V-day. That being said, I want the flowers, the giant teddy bear, the candy and yes, I’ll take a damn good meal too please!

Tinapa Shrimp Cakes with Red Curry Remoulade

The appetizer was a nice tinapa shrimp cake. It was a base of smoked tinapa flaked and combined with shrimp chunks then breaded and fried to a golden crisp. It sat on a bed of red curry remoulade, my favorite part of the dish.

Seared Foie & Mesquite Grilled Chicken Salad

The salad course was simple mixed greens, cherry tomatoes and corn with a coriander balsamic vinaigrette. They call it the seared foie and mesquite smoked chicken salad. I dug into the foie gras first which was served on crusty bread with tomato jam. The bread was really nice and crunchy and the tomato jam cut the rich texture of the foie. Next, I sampled the mesquite smoked chicken which was easily the best thing on the plate. This chicken breast was so tender and was very flavorful. It was smoked, seasoned and grilled to perfection.

Malbec Braised Brisket

Seared Sea Bass

The main course was 2nds version of surf and turf – Malbec braised brisket and seared sea bass. I enjoyed the fish, which was well cooked and everything one would expect from sea bass. The creamy truffled sweet potato side was delightful. The beef was alright, the Malbec wine used in braising the beef did not lose its flavor so the sauce was nice. All in all it was a satisfying dish.

Honey Vanilla Ice Cream & Chili Dark Chocolate Pot de Creme

As always, I was able to squeeze in dessert – a perfect chili dark chocolate pot de crème with crispy jamon bits. This had so many things going on but it worked together. I love mixing my sweet with my salty and to add spice and the bitter goodness of dark chocolate? Awesome. The honey vanilla ice cream with browned butter and almond streusel wasn’t bad either.

Wine Pairings

Chef explaining the dishes to the guests: Nadine Howell (photo courtesy) KC Montero, Angela Alcaron, Patrick Filart, Solenn Heussaff & Armand Del Rosario

2nds is located at 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio. (632) 8465293

 

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