624 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Dining date: 5/15/16
It’s been over a year since I last visited Republique; I’ve been twice for dinner, but this was the first time for brunch. I’ve heard great things about brunch here, the combination of Walter Manzke’s cooking and Margherita Manzke’s pastry program.
Brunch service is very different from dinner with a focus on efficiency – no reservations are taken and there is no table service. Rather, you place your order at the front, grab a number, find a seat and wait for your food to be brought to you. It’s a very popular brunch, indicated by the lengthy line at 10:30 on a Sunday. It moved pretty consistently and we were able to place our orders in about 30 minutes.
Morning Bun and Kouign Amann
We got a couple of pastries for later.
The coffee program uses Verve – the latte was just right.
Regular Breakfast eggs any style, bacon steak, fingerling potatoes, warm baguette
The “regular breakfast” was simple and really well-executed, as expected. Silky scrambled eggs were served up with smoky thick cut bacon and breakfast potatoes, all delicious. A warm mini baguette, served with jam and butter, made for a pretty substantial plate.
Breakfast Sandwich fried egg, pork belly sausage, american cheese
The breakfast sandwich was a sight to behold. A warm buttery brioche sandwiched a sausage patty, cheddar and a fried egg. It all worked to make an exceptional sandwich.
Kimchi Fried Rice soft egg, beef short ribs
Fried rice had a ton of flavor from the kimchi, along with a lingering subtle heat. Tender chunks of short rib and more runny egg yolk completed some rich and tasty bites.
I found Republique to be one of the best brunches I’ve had in town and definitely prefer it to dinner here. I think it was definitely worth the 30 minute wait, although I’m not sure how long the line gets later in the morning.