SpeakEasy 21 has only been open for a short time, but when I arrived early evening to check it out, it was already packed with people. (Mostly suits).
Conveniently located inside the Scotia Plaza, but also has street access. I was able to successfully avoid the rain by using the PATH, which I liked.
Headed by Chef Andrew Wilson (Canoe & Origin North) SpeakEasy 21 brings handcrafted cocktails and contemporary bistro fare to the Financial District.
The sleek space offers up a wide selection of martinis, shaken mason jar cocktails, wine and beer. The menu is extensive, but here are a few drinks I tried that night.
The food ranged from modern comfort food with a twist, to more eclectic fare. Think, fried chicken sandwiches and salted pecan brittle. Here’s what I sampled.
Whitefish Tacos ($15) Battered whitefish filet, with green mango relish, spicy avocado, cilantro and house made queso fresco. This was my second favourite dish. The house made queso fresco was a nice touch. Delicious!
SpeakEasy Club ($18) Served on a toasted ciabatta, and topped with fried chicken, double smoked bacon, guacamole, watercress, and smoked chili aioli. This sandwich was my favorite, and basically has all of my favourite things on it. (Read: Bacon & Guac) The fried chicken was full of flavour and moist.
Short Rib Croquette
SpeakEasy 21 has two levels, gleaming wood finishes, large windows and an open kitchen. In the summer, a massive 3,500-square-foot patio will open.
One of my favourite features was their phone charging station at the host desk.
SpeakEasy 21 at 21 Adelaide Street West Toronto, ON