SPEAK EASY is a bar and bistro at the ground floor of Alphaland’s City Club building in Makati. Its name is inspired by the term for an illicit liquor store during the Prohibition Era in the US. Technically it’s not hidden, but only a few have ventured into this part of Makati near the Zuellig loop.
I like bars that really serve good comfort food. When I heard Chef Mike Santos (who trained under Chef Cyrille Soenen in Brasserie Cicou) was the Head Chef/Part-owner at Speak Easy Makati, we decided to check it out…
Speak Easy is located at the ground floor of Alphaland’s City Club building, beside CBTL Coffee Bar and facing The Columns.
We started with their standard cocktail, which resembles a Mojito but has a strong lychee taste.
I like their salads, which look alive, fresh, and colorful. 🙂 It’s a plus for bars to have good salads.
Order this if you are craving for good, creamy pasta with truffle. I like the unusually shaped, pillowy pasta because its size gets as much creamy sauce as possible and is big enough for pica-pica.
This is another version of the favorite Mac & Cheese. I prefer the gnocchi though.
The burger is good — tasty, juicy, and with egg. I like the colorful salad that comes with it but the sweet strawberry dressing was a bit distracting. Make sure to order the dressing on the side or order a different dressing for the salad.
The Ribeye was well prepared, cooked medium, and had a good size to share with friends over drinks.
After dinner, order their fresh ginger ale, which they brew in-house. This is a good aid for digestion.
The salmon was OK with good, creamy vegetables.
Chef Mike recommended this banana nutella crepe with an interesting spicy chili kick. The basil helps balance out the flavors.
The bestseller of the house is this big napolones, which resembles a croughnut.
Overall, I like the comfort food at SPEAK EASY…nothing fancy but still good. It’s essential for a bar to have good food to be successful in the Metro, but having good desserts is also a plus. I’m happy to know that Speak Easy has both.
Order the Speak Easy Gnocchi, the Smoked Salmon Salad, Speak Easy Burger, and the Rib-Eye if you are going for dinner. The Spiced Banana and Nutella Crepe and Speakeasy Napoleon are very good, too. 🙂
Budget is P500/head for the food + P500 for the drinks.
Check out Speak Easy for your next hangout with friends in the Makati area.
SPEAK EASY MAKATI
Alphaland Makati Place, Ground Floor 1200 Makati
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 11am – 2am Saturday 5pm to 2am
Mobile: +63 917 499-EASY (3279)
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Speak Easy Makati
Live an Awesome Life,
P.S. Any other good bars that serve good food that you would recommend?