my ‘treat yourself’ birthday meal at republique

Thursday, 8th, 2016

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First off, can I just comment on how pretty this restaurant is? I tend to have the funny luck of moving away from places which then become the home of some of the best places, like Republique in miracle mile/weho or Kogi in Palms. Not that I could afford to eat at Republique all the time then (or now) but it would still have been nice to be walking distance from it.

As it’s birthday month, my good friend Lin (also a September baby) and I decided we wanted to celebrate this year by treating ourselves to a nice meal. So we picked Republique. Just sitting inside the restaurant is fun, especially for us because we got seated right at the storefront where you can sit against the front windows and see everything going on in the room. The building is a Spanish inspired brick structure, but looks like you’re inside of a beautiful train station. With a glass of wine each, here is what we ordered for dinner:

Oysters – 6 total. Our waiter recommended 3 Kumamoto, 3 Black Duck Salt to get the opposite ends of the taste spectrum. Kumamoto is light and refreshing, Black Duck Salt is a bit heavier and rich.

Charcoal grilled Mediterranean octopus – SO good. This was almost my favorite thing we ate and we ordered seared foie gras. Instead of watermelon, we had cantaloupe, cabbage, pistachio, chile, and lime topped with generous cuts of tender octopus.

Seared foie gras – what can I say? It’s seared foie gras and incredibly delicious. It’s served on top of steel cut oats, which I found really interesting but added a nice contrast texture to the soft foie gras. There are also chanterelle mushrooms, baby turnips, plums and almonds.

Duck breast – the duck was cooked perfectly (pink in the middle) with thick cuts of bacon. Also to die for.

Unfortunately I was only able to snap a photo of the foie gras. But here’s some eye candy from their Instagram.

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There is no shortage of fine dining in LA but Republique earns a spot in my top 5 now for sure.

Note: Brunch at Republique is self service but you get full service for dinner.

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