Bianca: Away from the bustling crowd of Taylor’s Rooftop within the Republic Hotel is Republic Dining. Inside it’s a swanky affair, I could see this doubling as a power lunch locale whilst switching it up in the evening for date night.
I had my gal pal Felicitations in tow for this particular ‘date night’.
Starting with some complimentary Olive Sourdough Bread & Butter.
Starting with some entrees, the Crispy Zucchini Flowers -w/ Ricotta & Roast Tomatoes $22 were a textural delight. Amply filled, the pickled cucumber really helping to cut through the richness of the batter.
If it’s on the menu guaranteed we are going to order it… Burrata & Tomatoes -w/ black garlic vinaigrette & herbs $23. A harmonious dish, with the creamy burrata, sharpness from the vinaigrette and fresh tomatoes. I only wished I had kept some of my bread!
The Pumpkin & Ricotta Ravioli -w/ sage brown butter, walnut & Parmesan $32 ticks all the boxes. The pasta perfectly cooked, plump little delicious parcels, the sage crispy. I do find myself gravitating towards a burnt butter sauce over tomato passata these days, I don’t know what my nonno would say.
The 200g Eye Fillet -w/ spinach, glazed onions & horseradish butter $44 is not to be missed. This was probably without a lie, one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten… perhaps even one of the most tender I’ve had the pleasure of coming across and seasoned perfectly.
Of course, you can never go wrong with a side of crispy Chips $9.
And to finish, the decadent Chocolate Espresso Torte -w/ caramel cream $14. Sizeable to share between two satisfied diners, the richness of the chocolate was offset by the fresh berries and caramel cream.
I must say I didn’t know what to expect before my visit but I left impressed and I would definitely return in the future.