Adelaide Food Central was invited to Republic’s Refresh event to sample a selection of their starters. All food and drinks were provided free of charge.
Known for it’s award winning outdoor beer garden, Republic has undergone a revamp of it’s decor, food, beverages and entertainment. Under new management, the venue has turned into something refreshingly different to what one might expect of a formulaic suburban pub. They have an extensive menu that includes starters, pasta and linguini, wholegrain and gourmet salads, and barbecued meat cooked using a charcoal rotisserie. On top of that, they offer a variety of martinis, beers, and ciders, as well as $25 cocktail jugs.
Republic certainly breaks away from the idea of what people might expect of a typical suburban pub with its wide open spaces and its ultra-modern, trendy décor that gives the venue a look and feel of an upmarket pub and restaurant. There is also plenty of seating with many high wooden tables and high chairs as well as semi-private booths inside and of course that award-winning outdoor beer garden.
First up was the Sourdough Bread with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Dukkah. The local extra virgin olive oil was of a high quality and had a pleasant flavor of fresh olives, and the house made dukkah was a beautiful and fragrant mix of spices, nuts and seeds; both of which paired well with the thick slices of fresh crusty sourdough bread which were handmade from Boulangerie 113. I really like how this starter dish kept to the criteria of simplicity, quality and wholesomeness; it was executed well.
Vegetarians and vegans should stay away from the San Jose Charcuterie Plate. This tasty sharing platter is a real little treat for the carnivores! Those tangy pickles went well with the prosciutto, extra virgin olive oil and sourdough bread.
Next were the Prawn and Zucchini Fritters. The smooth and creamy citrus aioli complimented the delicious bite-size pieces of prawn and zucchini fritters by injecting them with an extra swift oomph.
The Torn Pork with Flat Bread and Garlic Yoghurt reminded me of quesadillas. These tasty encased flat breads proved to be quite popular on the night and were all gone as soon as I was done taking a quick photo and grabbing one for myself. The slow-cooked torn pork was juicy, tender and just pure melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
The Asian Infused Fried School Prawns were not for everyone as some people might be put off by the prawns with the shell and head intact. The strange, crunchy texture may not be well-liked by some as well. I personally did not like this too much mainly because I prefer to eat prawns peeled with no heads, however, the thick chilli sauce that came with it had lovely with zesty undertones.
There were other dishes like the Oysters and Smoked Kangaroo which were gone too quickly before I could eat or take a photo of. That only meant these dishes were crowd pleasers! What really makes Republic stand out are its super stylish décor, abundant seating options and its buzzing atmosphere. It is definitely an ideal place to bring a group of friends for some drinks and share some delicious, fun food.
Words and Photos by Linh Nguyen
WHERE: 120 Magill Rd, Norwood