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Speakeasy (Review)

G Wiv | Aug 29, 2003 11:06 AM

My wife and I had a very nice dinner a few weeks ago at Speakeasy, the new(ish) BYOB spot on Devon. Speakeasy's interior is quite nice with three distinct rooms, a large bar area, main dining room and Cabaret room. Speakeasy had entertainment in the cabaret room that evening, where you can also order dinner, but it did not start for almost an hour and was a $5 upcharge per person so we opted for the main dining room.

For a place that does not serve liquor Speakeasy is well set up for handling booze, to the extent that they offer set-ups for mixed drinks in the bar, opened our wine at the table for us and even changed glass styles when we switched from white to red.

Our meal started out with an amuse of a round of cucumber with creme fresh, smoked salmon topped with a scattering of salmon caviar, very delicious and a nice touch. We also ordered a starter of puffs filled with sun dried tomato sauce to munch as we perused the menu. I had an appetizer of mussels in a white wine, butter, garlic and shallot broth, served with toasted, garlicky baguette slices for dunking, which was very good. Ellen had an scallop appetizer special which was also very good.

For our main courses Ellen had a Half-Course of Pan-seared duck with a frisee in orange sauce, nicely rare, very tender and complimented by the orange sauce. Seeing as how the duck breast was a Half-course for $17 I initially thought the value for our dining dollar was going to be way off kilter, but Speakeasy's Half-course portion was easily as large as many upscale restaurants full portion.

As our friendly, efficient waiter recited the daily specials one particularly caught my attention, skate in a caper sauce, but as good as that sounded I opted for the Grilled NY strip steak with cognac peppercorn sauce and pomme frittes. Normally I do not order steak out, unless in a Steak House, as I am a pretty fair hand with a grill, but Speakeasy's NY strip was surprisingly good and the frittes were excellent.

We closed our meal by splitting the "Hot Chocolate" Creme Brulee-Spicy Thai Chili-infused, Curry Truffle. Ellen thought the Thai chili was way over the top, I thought it delicious. Our meal, which was really quite good, food, ambiance and service wise, came to $72 including tax, sans tip. I though this reasonable for this quality of a meal.

Thanks to AndreaOK for the original post on Speakeasy and Leek for the follow up. I will link to AndreaOK's original post.

Speakeasy is BYOB, has a small parking lot directly West of the restaurant and a liquor store, which we did not go into, directly across the street.

Enjoy,
Gary

Speakeasy Supper Club
1401 W Devon
Chicago, IL
773-338-0600
BYOB

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