As the Republic was recently awarded the title of 'Australia's best outdoor area', we had to check it out for ourselves. What we discovered was a ridiculously good-lookin' venue, a delicious lookin' menu, and an even tastier drinks list. How was it you ask? It was bloody good.
Previously The Oriental, the newly renovated hotel is an oasis for the senses; with an ever-changing and expansive drinks list, a delectable bar and restaurant menu, and of course some funky fresh decor. Compared with the previous site, the Republic is now more open, modern and chic, providing a place for punters to eat, drink and party throughout the week.
The staff are trendy and friendly, providing a diabolical combination of speedy service, super smiles, brilliant beards, ladies in lipstick and sound knowledge on all things Republic. The vibe is different throughout each area of the pub, with the beer garden providing chilled surroundings, whilst the inside promotes a little more of a swankier feel. The dining area is eclectic and mismatched, making for a formal dining experience in a hip n' happening setting.
On our date with Republic, we tried a number of things off the menu. The lovely waitress recommended we try the beef cheeks, along with a side of honey roasted vegetables, whilst we also chose the dip selection and semolina squid for entree, followed by the herb crusted eggplant, broccolini and fries to accompany the beef cheeks and roast vegetables.
On the drink front, we tried a couple of cocktails and wines, starting with the passionfruit mojito jug, moving onto the Paracombe Pinot Gris and finishing with an espresso martini.
To start, the dip selection gets 4/5, with a white bean and caramelised onion dip, a guacamole and capsicum dip all on one plate. We couldn't get enough of the guacamole, it was ah-ma-zing. The semolina squid was also pretty tasty, but the dips totally trumped it.
Mains: We definitely recommend both the beef cheeks and the eggplant for mains. The beef cheeks came out with button mushrooms, mash potato, bacon and sauce and literally melted in the mouth when taking a bite. the combination of mash, mushrooms and bacon was terrific, and gets 5/5.
The herb crusted eggplant came out with a tomato sauce, cheese and side of rocket and fennel salad. It was cooked to absolute perfection, with the crust being crusty and the eggplant soft and juicy. This dish gets 4/5.
Each of the sides were good, with our favourite being the broccolini. Cooked with lentils, carrot and a vinaigrette dressing, the broccolini complimented the eggplant wonderfully. 5/5.
To finish, we decided to indulge on dessert, choosing the sticky toffee pudding and apple and rhubarb crumble. The crumble was like any other average crumble, but the toffee pudding was like no other. Served with salted caramel and a side of earl grey tea ice-cream (which actually tastes like the tea), the small pudding was not enough. Without a doubt, it gets 5/5.
Drinks: If you are into cocktails, get a cocktail. The cocktails at republic are probably some of the cheapest you'll find in Adelaide, without skimping on quality. We tried the passionfruit mojito jug for $25, before moving onto espresso martinis at the end of the meal, $12 (yes, you read that right, $12). Both were delicious, however as an all time favourite of ours, the espresso martini had to take the cake. Both cocktails get 4.5/5.
Where: Corner of Osmond Terrace and Magill Road - 120 Magill Road, SA.
The meals here are a little pricey, but from our experience, worth it!
Rating: 4 out of 5 Republicans.