If you’re looking for a pleasant way to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning, I highly recommend making your way out to Republique. Located off of La Brea between Wilshire and 6th Street, you’ll find a small valet parking lot next to the restaurant. Parking for brunch and dinner differ in price, but with all the construction happening off of Wilshire right now, it’s worth pulling in and having someone else park your car.
This 1929 Spanish style building was renovated to keep the original look of the building. From the brick on the walls, the geometric floor tiles and the antique feeling light fixtures, Republique combines old architecture and a trendy/modern interior. What I love most about the space is their high ceilings and skylights, making you feel like you’re sitting on the patio of your favorite European café. Brunch/Lunch is casual with self seating and dinner has a more formal feel. Reservations for dinner are recommended.
There’s always a line outside the door for brunch, but don’t let that line deter you from this wonderful experience. The line moves quickly, but gives you an opportunity to carefully study their menu. Once you enter through the front door, you are greeted with their pastry counter and the wonderful fragrance of freshly baked goodies. It is a struggle not to order too much.
Off the Brunch Menu:
Sticky Bomb – This ooey gooey ball of fluffy cream filled starch is drowned in sweet syrup topped with a little bit of savory bacon and pecans.
Cornetti fritti – This is the perfect combination of dense hot dipping chocolate and fresh hot mini croissants with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar. This one sells out quickly.
Hong Kong Milk Tea – One of my favorite milk teas, Republique’s blend of black tea and just enough condensed milk makes me feel like I’m wrapped in a warm blanket in front of a fireplace in the middle of winter.
Kimchi Fried Rice – Who knew kimchi fried rice could be delicious without as much grease? One of my favorite entrees on the brunch menu. Runny yoke included…
Shakshouka – If you love tomatoes and tart, this dish is for you. Did I mention they make their own bread? That baguette puts me in a happy place.
Biscuits & Gravy – This is a dish that you’ll see being served over and over. Who can say no to fried chicken?
There are still plenty of things on this brunch menu that I need to try. I plan to make my way back there soon, not just for the food but also for the environment. It’s one of the most relaxing dining experiences I’ve had. Nobody rushes you, you sit for as long as you like. The people there are great. Once you’ve placed an order, you don’t have to go back to stand in line if you wanted to purchase something else from the pastry counter. It’s a great place to have a relaxing meal while spending time with people. It’s a truly special place and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.