REPUBLIK RESTAURANT & BAR. BYRON BAY.
ON THE MENU //
CHICKEN LIVER PATE. ONION JAM. TOASTED CIABATTA.
DUCK LEG. GRAPEFRUIT. CAULIFLOWER. BEETROOT. RADICCHIO. PISTACHIO.
BORROWDALE PORK BELLY. ORANGE GLAZE. ROAST CARROT. APPLE & WALNUT.
AND YOU CAN NEVER GO WITHOUT DESSERT.
CREME BRULEE. DOUBLE VANILLA. BISCOTTI BISCUIT.
Republik is undoubtably my boyfriend Adam and I's favourite restaurant in town. As huge foodies, having previously worked in Hospitality also, we are constantly looking for new restaurants, cafes and bakeries to try. If you're after a meal where you can see what you're paying for - in interior design, ambiance, unintrusive - but attentive waiting staff, menu creativity, quality ingredients and skilled cooking, you don't need to look any further. Every meal we've had there has been delicious, refined and just a really lovely experience. The restaurant itself is set in the heart of Byron, opposite a large - free car park, if you're passing through, spend the extra money on a short taxi ride and enjoy their cocktail and wine list. The beautiful interior design will have you talking whilst you attempt to decide what you want from the mouth watering selection. The print on the waiter aprons matches the cushions spread around the booth seating, the exterior glass is partially mirrored to invite privacy while still letting you partake in a spot of people watching and fairy lights are weaved carefully through the vines on the walls.
Their menu has such variety that there's something for everyone and with the option to sit inside, or out - you can choose to really absorb the vibe of Byron and enjoy the beautiful weather. Every dish is beautifully presented and as a chef I have huge appreciation to the attention to detail and the skill required to deliver such well put together, balanced dishes that also look vibrant and enticing - and dare I say it, completely Instagrammable. Price wise, a main is around $29, which considering the portions, is completely justifiable.
Tempted? Check out their full menu.
**UPDATE / Republik has now gone in to closure and is no longer there, but in its place is the Sunday Sustainable Bakery which I'll blog about at a later date, but if you stop by, grab yourself a loaf of their organic, made on site bread and one, or two of their pecan pies.