The newest venue in town is Republic which sits on the corner of Magill Road and Osmond Terrace in place of its predecessor: The Oriental (wow, the website’s still up!). I got to check out the new bar slash restaurant slash hotel towards the end of last year through an invite to their media dinner (thanks Adam!) and I’m finally getting around to posting about it now, heh.
Once I received my invite, I did a bit of research about the new place and stumbled upon this (vegeterians and vegans beware!). Oh boy, was I excited or what? MMmmhmmm~ I couldn’t wait to check the place out.
The place was large, modern and open with plenty of seating available. The large bar graced one side of the venue looking out to an open restaurant with tall wooden tables and bar stools, adjacent from it was the outdoor beer garden for patrons to soak up the sun rays, and on the far opposite side, a more dark and cosy seating area with partitioned booths.
Table setting in the restaurant area
Funky looking light bulb
Guests were treated to some cocktails whilst we all mingled.
Ginger ninja: Ketel One Vodka, apple schnapps, ginger syrup topped with ginger beer
Passionfruit mojito: Havana Club, 42Below passion, passionfruit pulp, mint and fresh lime charged with soda
Red berry collins: Tanqueray gin, raspberry vodka, fresh strawberries and raspberry puree
Media dinner table
Republic branded wine glasses
We were in for a feast that evening as we were all treated to their ‘spread‘ menu which diners can experience at $55.00 per person.
We started off with grilled flat bread and dips and warm marinated olives to share.
Three dip selection served with crusty bread with roast pumpkin and chermoula, eggplant and butter roasted walnuts and white bean and bay; $14.00
Ka-runchy thick slices of fresh bread with thick slatherings of vegetable dips… mmmmMm
Fresh bread and vegetables on display by the open kitchen
Vitello tonnato, tuna mayonnaise, rocket; $15.00
A light and cold start to the spread with the vitello tonnato (which I initially read as ‘tomato’), it’s a cold and sliced veal dish covered with a tuna mayonnaise and served with rocket leaves and wedges of lemon.
Roast prawns, lemon, confit garlic, parsley; $30.00
I usually don’t order prawns when I’m eating out only cause I can never be bothered to peel the shells off the meat and then having to wash my hands after. Yeah, me lazy. I know. But when in Rome, or at the Republic, you just gotta dig in and give it a shot. So glad I did and got my fingers dirty for these little suckers though, they were so good. Large, juicy king sized prawns; the meat was plump, firm and sweet and the light char lent a nice and aromatic flavour to the meat. The lemon, confit garlic and parsley added subtle and light notes to each bite, yummy!
Next up… this little guy!
Chef Bradd Johns and suckling pig pose for the camera
Crispy skin suckling pig, roast apple, cider jus
Greek style lamb, tzatziki, thyme jus
Deeeeeeeelicious! Crackling was cracking, suckling pig was succulent and the roast apple and cider jus were great sweet accompaniments to complement the dish. Then there was the lamb with tzatziki and thyme jus. The meat was moist and cooked beautifully, I didn’t think the thyme jus was needed but it was there for whoever fancied it.
Greek salad – olives, tomatoes, cucumber, feta
Along with our mains, there was the Greek salad and gratin potatoes, oregano and onions which was absolutely divine. So incredibly moreish and well seasoned… it took a bit of restraint from myself to go back for seconds, or in this case, thirds! :)~
By now, I was clutching my belly from over eating and had to turn down these lovely things: dessert and cheese. CHEESE!
FYI, ‘The spread‘ only comes with the passionfruit and mango pavlova, but we got some extras thrown in for the evening.
Passionfruit and mango pavlova; $10.00
Crème brulee, blackcurrant sorbet; $10.00
Other sweet treats for the evening included their hot chocolate pudding with vanilla bean ice cream; $10.00 and caramelised peaches, spiced crème fraîche and rum baba; $10.00. Given the muffled silence and everyone smiling and digging their spoons back into the desserts on offer time and time again, I’d say that they were a hit with the table!
Daily cheese selection, handmade lavosh, fig chutney; $10.00
Republic is a great place to chill out with a group of friends over a cold beverage especially during this sweltering heat wave! The atmosphere is relaxing and casual and the food’s pretty tasty too. Have you been? Let me know what you thought of it.
Hope you’re all staying cool and hydrated!
120 Magill Road
Norwood SA 5067
P 08 8362 4657