Speakeasy Makati is a new watering hole cum restaurant located at the Alphaland Makait Place behind The Columns and across the Makati Fire station, not to be confused with the Alphaland on EDSA. Chef Mike Santos, who trained at Brasserie Cicou under Chef Cyrille Soenen, is the man behind the compact yet familiar menu.
The place has a small and cozy air conditioned area with accents of gold to show off its black and red color scheme. The al fresco is actually cool since its fully covered and people flock to it for their after work chill sessions.
Chef Mike Santos may be the genius behind the kitchen, but its fetching mixologist Alyona Vinodagrova-Jeffrey that handles the drink concoctions.
If you are looking for a unique drink you should try the Blood Shot (P300), premium tequila in one shot glass and spicy tomato juice on the other.
We started the meal with a plate of Gambas (P260), plump shrimps and meaty chorizo slices cooked in olive oil, white wine and spices. This one is the spicy one as denoted by that bright red chili, you can also have it non spicy. This may be from their tapas menu but I would not mind eating it with rice instead of the bread to take in all the sauce.
Next was a plate of Speakeasy Gnocchi (P260), pillows of potato pasta in a creamy truffle sauce. This was the hands down favorite dish of the meal, people were just using their forks to skewer piece after piece. For me this is meant to be share as it will be too heavy and cloying if finished off a whole plate.
Truffled Mac and Cheese (P375) had the bad luck of following on the heels of the gnocchi else it would have been better received. Both have a creamy sauce but the potato pasta had way better texture than the all too familiar macaroni. The mac and cheese did have bacon bits going for it but that’s about all it had over the gnocchi. Order this over the gnocchi and you’ll definitely regret it.
The Speakeasy Burger (P520) is a hefty and manly burger with its all beef patty, arugula, Gruyere cheese and finished off with an eye catching sunny side egg. You can have your choice of side for this one but I highly recommend the potato skins. Better to slice this one so as not to make a mess once the egg yolk breaks. The patty had a meat bite and held up well, I do hate those disintegrating burgers.
Another beautiful egg crowned dish is the Croque Madame (P315). Chef Mike has bathed the classic sandwich of farmer’s ham and Gruyere, in more creamy Gruyere cheese. If you love cheese then you’ll definitely get a kick out of this. Cut the yolk open and watch this make a beautiful mess which makes it all the more inviting to eat.
The Montecristo (P295) is another classic that’s on Speakeasy Makati’s menu. The ingredients are basically the same as the croque monsier but the bread has been dipped in a homemade batter then pan seared in butter. This is a simpler and lighter sandwich compared to the croque so it should be perfect for smaller appetites.
Spiced Banana and Nutella Crepe (P180). I was not too fond of this one since I don’t like Nutella plus it had a spicy kick of something which felt real weird to my taste buds. Good thing, the next dessert saved it for me.
Speakeasy Napoleon (P180), puff pastry with pastry cream and strawberry sauce. A simple yet pleasing dessert with a crisp shell that you’ll be smearing with the delicious pastry cream. I had a bite or two but that was because of the filling stuff we already had if not I could probably devour one of these easily.
Speakeasy Makati is not only a great hangout and chill place at night but its a nice place to grab one of their special lunch menu items. I’m still smitten with the speakeasy gnocchi and can’t wait to go back for some more.
Parking is very convenient and you can even do a little bit of supermarket shopping in the basement to walk off the calories.
Speakeasy MakatiG/F Alphaland Makati Place Malugay St., Makati City Contact No.: (0917) 499-3279 Operating Hours: M-F 11am to 2am S 5pm to 2am
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