Words and images by Emily Underwood
On Tuesday the 6th of June, Everything Adelaide was invited to attend the launch of The Republic Hotel’s new menu. The hotel is located in Norwood and has been iconic with locals for a number of years. The Republic has a great facade and interior, with a pleasant, simple feel to it- exactly what a local eatery should offer. It also boasts an open kitchen with rotisserie meat on display. The decor is modern, complete with a big fireplace for those upcoming cold winter nights. The venue has recently undertaken 3-4 months of change, with a new venue manager sweeping in to revise the menu and bring a plethora of new customers. The manager’s predominant idea is to serve ‘classic pub meals’ with a twist, offering the staple pub meals that everyone loves to savour (schnitzels, salads, burgers etc) but with added components to give extra bite to the meals! The manager also wanted to steer the meals in a healthier direction, offering foods that cater for customers that are more health-conscious.
We were ushered to sit down and begin our delicious selection, while being advised on the new wines available at the venue from wine merchants such as Hahndorf Hill Winery (a boutique vineyard situated adjacent to the historic, German-heritage village of Hahndorf). The merchants came to our tables tantalisingly offering samples of their goods, what could be better than a wine tasting with dinner? White wine, shiraz and rose were poured out to us to try, each with amazing texture, volume and taste!
We began the night with starters: Oven Baked Field Mushrooms with garlic, thyme, butter, ricotta, and sweet sherry vinegar. Oh how the mushroom melted in my mouth! We coupled this with haloumi fries with lemon and chipotle, a tasty treat that I would go back for a hundred times! Alongside these decadent starters, I felt somewhat less guilty when we were given some Lean Green Salad with broccoli, mung bean, quinoa, pepita seeds, baby spinach, kale, spring onion, soy bean, and apple cider vinaigrette. We also got to try another salad, the iconic Slow Roast Rotisserie Lamb Salad,with lamb that was extremely tender, and the Super Charged Salad, an ultra-healthy inclusive of lentils and sunflower seeds!
The main courses consisted of a new ‘charcoal’ style. We sampled the Sticky Pork Belly with soba noodle, quinoa, crackling, broccolini, and and black vinegar dressing. Before we had even completed this tasting another incredibly yummy main came out: the Sous Vide Chicken Breast with paris mash, sauteed asparagus, and red wine jus. Trying to decide which was my favourite out of these meals was tough! To complete the mains we were treated to Crispy Skin Atlantic Salmon with hummus and lemon, a perfect way to round off the main meals.
Just when we thought we couldn’t be any more spoiled with the food, out came the desserts! We had chocolate brownie icecream sandwiches (which sounds playful and child-like, but they tasted incredible!) We also had a classic sticky date cake with a sauce that was to die for. I had planned to go out for dessert following the sampling of Republic’s menu but had to forgo that plan after trying their desserts!
Overall, it was a cold Tuesday night that warmed up quickly with the tasting of the Republic’s amazing new menu! It is sure to attract new customers who will delight in its healthy, yet classic options. I will be back to sample the rest of the menu!