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Speakeasy Supperclub--best BYO in Chicago?

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Speakeasy Supperclub--best BYO in Chicago?

Ms. Paris | Sep 3, 2004 10:41 AM

Went there on a Friday night a few weeks ago with my brother. It was fairly empty-- but also was opening week for South (sister restaurant, used to be The Room) which might explain it. Inside it is dimly lit, with exposed brick walls, and floor to ceiling windows on one side, looking out on Devon.

Dinner:

Our server was very attentive, helpful in describing dishes and seemed to really enjoy her job. We were very pleasantly surprised to be served with a complimentary amuse-bouche, a warm salmon croquette-- very tasty. My brother got a salad of spinach, goat cheese, pecans and strawberries with a vinaigrette dressing. Delicious! I got the "duo" of salmon and tuna. It consisted of a salmon tartare with sesame seeds and a tuna spring roll, filled with lightly seared tuna. Found the salmon to have too much lemon juice sprinkled over it and I should have remembered that I'm just not that big a fan of seared tuna. After the appetizer we were served a second surprise treat-- this time it was a "sangria" sorbet served in a martini glass. I skipped on the main course-- not for lack of great sounding options (including an ostrich wellington)-- but because I was getting full and wanted to hold out for dessert. My brother ordered a pecan(?) encrusted grouper, served with mashed potatoes. Very good, flaky, rich... By the time he was finished with that, he was too full to get a dessert all to himself. We decided to share the "hot chocolate" creme brulee. Oh-My-God. This was the definite highlight of the meal. rich, luscious milk chocolate with a definite spicy heat. It was, in a word, delicious.

Total bill: $70 incl tax and tip

Other plusses included: BYO (permanently!), prompt & attentive service, low-volume atmosphere (jazz played softly in the background, noise from other tables was minimal.

Definitely recommend & will be back... after I try South

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