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Posted by anonymous on 07/18/2010
Went there on a friday night a couple of weeks ago. After taking a look at the menu, decided to ask the waiter for recommendations....he suggested the Pad Thai, as he claimed it was their signature dish. I am afraid I have to disagree, it was total let down. Flavour was flat....no layers of sweet and sourness...very bland. Disappointed.
Posted by Steven Nasra11ah on 06/09/2010
Republic is one of my favorites. Their Vietnamese Vegetable Noodles dish is my standby-- it's full of flavor and amazingly refreshing and light. I've never enjoyed celery as much as in this salad. A beautiful combo of textures and tastes. MMM garnished with fried shallots! (PS they'll leave the egg out if you so choose) I appreciate Republic for its novel combinations in simple ways, with delicate attention to flavors. The little touches like the balancing act between the BBQ pork and the pickled carrot and daikon. The seaweed-corn soup is amazing... it's FULL of flavor and has a distinctly seafood like taste without the seafood. Might be a touch too sweet by the end of the bowl, but definitely worth trying. I've never had 'crushed' rice before-- it's DELICIOUS. It's around the grain-size of couscous but it still has the tooth of rice-- it becomes much lighter when crushed, and it's seasoned perfectly. Other than the food, they have extremely quick service and a good selection of drinks (they even have fresh pressed watermelon juice) Republic is also a deal... pretty low prices for large portions of delicious food. Actually, they're great prices for the quality you're getting. The only problem here is that sometimes you have to strain a little bit to have a conversation. The space amplifies all of the talking in the restaurant and it can get quite loud.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/04/2010
The rice is horrible now. It used to be so good and they changed it. The delivery is fast but that pad thai is average. Its not the best and there's never alot of flavor.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/08/2010
Atmosphere has always been subpar. But now the service is unplesant too!
Posted by Chelmien on 02/07/2010
Republic has long been a go-to for me. A friend in from out of town, a casual bite to catch up, a fun night out with the wife... it was reliable, tasty, and priced right. However, my visit tonight was my last. When the menu changed last year, and my favorite beet-broth noodle soup was removed, I continued eating there, as the rest of the menu continued to be flavorful and the atmosphere as it always had been. This afternoon, when I ordered my other regular dish - the salmon - I was told I could not have it prepared the way I have been enjoying it for 8 years - well done. I was told the chef would only prepare it medium-rare. After complaining, the waitress told us (nicely, but still) that many folks have complained to the manager, even a pregnant woman had said she couldn't eat undercooked seafood, but to NO AVAIL! In addition, though the restaurant was half empty and there were other seats open, when we asked to be moved to a little larger space so we were not right on top of another couple, we were not allowed to change seats. I am saddened to see an old standby end up like this. I imagine folks will continue to patronize, but for a casual dining joint with many allergens on the menu, to be denied small, simple requests on dishes is unreasonable. Too bad.
Posted by Cindy Cho on 01/29/2010
I used to enjoy eating at Republic (despite the noise and price of the food), but I noticed a sharp decline in both service and food since late last year (2009). And, it has become even worse now. For starters, they now refuse to cook the food the way you want/need it to be cooked (e.g. seafood dishes will only be served "medium rare"...or rather, very rare and a little frozen in the middle of the fish. If you are allergic to peanuts or eggs, etc. you'd better just eat somewhere else). No substitutions allowed for the sandwhich dishes. Be prepared to drink lukewarm tea (either the Thai Iced Teas have no ice, or the hot drinks have been left on the counter so long that they are no longer hot). Parties of 2 are not allowed to sit next to each other, even though the place is half empty. Groups of six or more should not even bother, unless you have an hour or so to spare. It's sad to see how this place has gone downhill. I know a lot of the regulars have moved on to other places.
Posted by Momo411176 on 01/28/2010