Food: Rush Hour (Doughnuts); Snow, Copper and Soil (Pancakes), Crispy Skin Salmon, Pistachio Pannacotta (Special dish)
We loved our experience at Speakeasy so much, we went back to check out what else they had to offer as they move over to their new winter menu. Having loved the sweet dishes last time, we went straight to a couple of sweet brunch options: doughnuts and pancakes.
They say you eat with your eyes first, and these dishes certainly make you want to fill your belly. Both were stunningly presented – it’s the first time I’ve been delighted with my choice and had food envy simultaneously. Having said that, when I tucked into my pancakes I loved their balanced flavour – they felt so healthy with the carrot and coconut flavours and were fluffy and soft – so I definitely think I made the best choice. They’d didn’t give me the sugar high I often get from sweet breakfasts, and left me feeling full well into the afternoon.
The doughnut dish had lots going on: homemade doughnuts with salted espresso caramel, toffee banana, chocolate sauce, pistachio and plantain crisps. I eventually decided this dish had a kind of Caribbean flavour vibe going on – and we loved the richness of the ingredients used, the classic combinations and bold flavours.
From the lunch menu we tried the Crispy Skin Salmon, and chef Jerome whipped us up a special dessert for the ever-sweet-toothed The High Tea Girl to try. Another beauty, this pistachio pannacotta had the perfect wobble and she left a very happy lady. With warm chocolate brownie, and fresh fruit added to the side, it was almost a dessert within a dessert!
The Crispy Skin Salmon was awesome. The crushed potatoes were rich and creamy and the salmon skin had the perfect crisp. It’s a great, light lunch option – filling, yet not overwhelming and again, they’ve raised the bar with the presentation.
We’re pleased to see Speakeasy continues to attract an eclectic, friendly mix of people throughout the day and that it maintains its chilled out, laid back vibe and fab service. We can’t wait to try out the courtyard again when it’s a little warmer!
Address: 359 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Wed 7am to 10pm
Thu 11am to 1am
Fri 9am to 1am
Sat 9am to 10pm
Sun 12pm to late
Parking: If you’re lucky you’ll be able to nab a street parking place (we managed this both times) somewhere in nearby Prahran. There’s a few spaces on nearby Elizabeth St and Barry St which are just behind Speakeasy. Alternatively there’s a paid car park on Elizabeth St just behind Prahran market
Getting here on PT: Take a Frankston Line train to South Yarra, or a Sandringham train to Prahran and it’s about a 10 minute walk from each (slightly closer to Prahran if you have the choice). It’s on Chapel Street so also an easy walk from both the 78 tram or the 72, which stops on nearby Malvern Road
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Speakeasy Kitchen Bar, South Yarra. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a cafe won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting