I’m sure you have seen countless Instagram pics of République, a New-American restaurant with a old French-village aesthetic. I have only had brunch here, and in my opinion, it lives up to its hype, with a charming atmosphere, efficient service, and most importantly, yummy food! If you’re interested in this classic LA dining spot, just keep reading!
Waiting Time: They do not have a hostess and you don’t wait for a table. You wait in line, where you can look at its menu and the display of delicious pastries.
Then, you order at the cashier, pay, and take a number sign. It’s extremely efficient, in my opinion.
On the weekdays, it is less busy. I went on a Friday at 11AM, and waited approximately 10 minutes to order. On the weekends, I would say it takes from 15 to 25 minutes.
If you order a pastry, the cashier will give it to you immediately after paying for it. The drinks obviously arrive faster than the food, coming in 5-10 minutes and 10-15 minutes, respectively.
There are no reservations, unless you have a special event, like a birthday. For special events, there is a pre-fixed menu.
The interior of République is what makes the restaurant unique, with his high ceilings, scattered tables—communal and private, and main dining area that resembles a French village street, with its gorgeous archways and even fake windows!
If you so please, you can look through glass to see the cooks busy in the kitchen.
What to Order:
I’ve tried a few things on the menu, and everything I’ve had is soooo good!
Of all the matcha lattes I’ve ever had, this one is particularly earthy. Don’t let that description scare you! It is just not as sweet as other matcha lattes, that you might get at Urth Caffe or Bluestone Lane in New York.
Chocolate Chai Latte*
Being a lover of both chocolate and chai, I was instantly interested in this drink, especially because I’ve never seen this drink on any cafe menu. Basically, this drink is a hot chocolate and chai latte’s child. Warning: it’s rather sweet, but oh so yummy.
Banana-Chocolate Donut/Cream Puff thingie
I totally forgot what this pastry is called, but it is what I think of as a donut-cream puff hybrid. The dough reminds me more of a donut, but the filling is a banana-chocolate cream, more like a cream puff’s. It is very tasty, but very sweet, so it’s something you can share with someone else.
Smoked Salmon Tartine
My opinion might be biased, just because I am a huge fan of smoked salmon. This tartine hit the spot, made with thinly-cut fresh bread, topped with smoked salmon, cucumbers, avocado, dill, capers, and lemon. I guess you could consider it a take on the popular avocado toast. You can ask them to cut it if you want to share (which I think is a good idea, since this dish is especially good to share, since it isn’t messy and you can hold it).
Shakshouka, a Middle Eastern dish, is a dish of poached eggs with a variation of a tomato sauce. République uses peppers, kale, yogurt, and cilantro, accompanied by a baguette. Although I found this dish pretty good, I would recommend going with other items on the menu.
Kimchi Fried Rice*** (a must-have!)
République’s kimchi fried rice is hands-down the best I’ve ever had. It has beef short rib, that is so tender, mushrooms, 2 poached eggs cooked to perfection, and green onions. Every bite is so satisfying that you can easily finish it in a few minutes. You can share this with another person, but is that what you really want to do?
I forgot who this dish was named after, but it basically is a breakfast that comes with everything—a soft farm egg, baguette, fresh jam, butter, honey, coffee, and a freshly-squeezed orange juice. My mom ordered this, and she enjoyed it. I’d personally opt out of this dish and go for something else (KIMCHI FRIED RICE ALL THE WAY!).
If you’re in LA and are looking for a good place for brunch or for events, definitely check out République!