When an old building on Chapel Street that was originally built in 1885 became available, Petros and Alexis Lambis knew they had found their spot to unleash their creativity.
After a year of renovations that restored some of the building’s original features, like the pressed metal ceiling and gaslight fittings, Speakeasy opened to the public in 2011. The restaurant’s name is a token to the hidden bars of the Prohibition Era in the 1920s. Speakeasy bars were illegal drinking dens, camouflaged from the authorities. If you wander up Speakeasy’s lane, blasted with street art and blue stone, you will discover the restaurant’s hidden, casual courtyard. It is here that you can enjoy a mouth-watering array of meals with friendly, old-fashioned service.
Not only does the culture and atmosphere of Speakeasy have unique, olden-day feel, their commitment to presenting only the freshest food will also have you returning time after time. If it is breakfast you are after, start off with one of their fabulous fair trade, single-estate coffees, freshly roasted by Dukes in Windsor, or sample one of their freshly squeezed juices. For a light meal, Speakeasy offers a variety of options from fresh, flaky croissants to fresh fruit with organic yoghurt. For a heartier meal, consider the Speakeasy breakfast, complete with two eggs, bacon, chorizo baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach on toast with a choice of sourdough, multigrain, ciabatta, white or gluten free. And don’t worry about having to rush down early in the morning. Breakfast is served until midday during the week and until 3pm on weekends.
Their lunch menu boasts everything from an open Steak sandwich with asiago cheese, caramelised onions, rocket and aioli, to a rocket, tomato and buffalo mozzarella ciabatta. For a late meal, the Speakeasy dinner menu presents both share plates and large plates with anything from locally sourced Zucchini flowers stuffed with eggplant, haloumi, and pistachio nuts served with watercress tabouleh, to Scotch fillet with Turkish kipfler potatoes and thyme jus. Or if it is seafood that you are after, perhaps the perfectly Grilled calamari with Greek salad, oregano and lemon dressing will hit the spot.
As its name suggests, Speakeasy offers an extensive wine, beer and cocktail menu. Many of their wines are from local Victorian wine regions while their cocktails represent both Prohibition Era and modern day temptations like the signature Speakeasy, featuring Bombay Gin, Soho, watermelon, basil and limonata. Finishing off your meal with a Baked chocolate mousse delicately topped with Malibu créme Chantilly is sure to leave you deeply satisfied.
Whether you seek a relaxed night out with friends and family or a more formal, catered private dining room upstairs, Speakeasy will give you a night to remember. Speakeasy is open Monday through to Sunday for breakfast and lunch and Wednesday thru Saturday for dinner. Walk up the laneway on a Sunday afternoon for American Inspired Burgers, Chilli Dogs and Fries, accompanied by some fresh tunes by local DJs.