The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
French toast, fried chicken and biscuits and smoked salmon are all reasons to come again and again. I have been here 2 weekends in a row, which should say something.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
Let’s start with the aesthetically pleasing location. It’s even better during brunch, when you can really enjoy the building, the large windows and the vast amount of space. It is said that back in 1928 Charlie Chaplin used the space to build his office. Whether true or not, this place has history and A LOT of character. I feel at peace when I’m eating there and although there is always a crowd, it doesn’t feel chaotic. Different from dinner, which I also reviewed here, during brunch you line up, order and then find your own seat. Both times, the line moves fairly quickly even though it snakes out the door for a while and finding a seat has never been an issue. The service is good, you don’t interact too much with them during brunch, but everyone was courteous and friendly.
Mon – Fri 8am – 3pm
Sat – Sun 8am – 3pm
What we ate:
- Ricotta toast ($7)
- French toast ($12)
- Mushroom toast ($15)
- Biscuits and gravy ($16)
- Smoked salmon tartine ($14)
Their pastry section is the first temptation because you pass it on the way to order your food. I always get something and I am always very pleased! The bread pudding is delicious (ask for it warmed up with whipped cream), the crème brulee bombolini is fantastic, their tarts are tasty and the list goes on. I’m not sure you can really go wrong, but the crème brulee bombolini is a must!
The ricotta toast is very light. I enjoyed it, but I don’t know if I will reorder. I would’ve appreciated a little more flavor since everything was light. I think switching the hazelnuts for something with more punch would really elevate this dish. However, I do love figs and honey and you can’t go wrong.
The smoked salmon dish is delicious: light and very tasty. It feels healthy while still having a ton of flavor. I would definitely recommend it!
I was really looking forward to the mushroom toast because people were comparing it to the one served at Gjelina. For those of you who haven’t been to Gjelina, their mushroom toast is AMAZING. It’s one of the best toasts I have ever had and my favorite mushroom dish of all time. It’s that good! In comparison, Republique’s version falls short. However, I don’t think it’s a good comparison; the two are very different and this brunch version has quite a lot of extras. I really enjoyed this toast; it was super rich and full of flavor. Filling and tasty, this toast, in my opinion, isn’t comparable and works well as a morning dish.
The biscuits and gravy is one of the best things I have ever had for brunch. The dish has so much going on and I loved every bite. Biscuits and bacon gravy with fried chicken and a fried egg on top. Not only is the presentation impressive, but the dish itself is spectacular! I was surprised to find it wasn’t super heavy and trust me, when it’s that good, it’s not hard to finish.
The French toast is simple perfection. A thick slice of brioche bread served with maple syrup. No frills, just a deliciously moist dish. I found I needed very little syrup, the bread is crisp on the outside, but falls apart when you try to cut it.