China Republic is such a beautifully fitted out restaurant. You are instantly transported to a darkened and intimate atmosphere as soon as you walk through the huge ancient doors with the towering Terracotta warrior guarding the front door.
Beautiful outfitted restaurant
The projections of Koi fish on the walls and entry into the bathroom should not be missed, as well as the atmospheric music and fish pond surrounding the tables.
As I wanted to try everything, we were recommended to try China's Republic Cold dish selection which included all the cold dishes on offer. Beijing style spicy and sour cucumber (refreshingly good); eggplant and coriander salad with garlic dressing; white cut chicken served with spicy lemon sauce; sichuan style spicy chicken; beiing style tofu with spring onions; and fish roe, black fungus with special Chinese mustard dressing and special mushroom salad. Such an appetising bite size entrée served on slate.
China Republic Cold Dish Selection
Definitely try china republic deep fried selection. The Sichuan style pork dumpling, deep fried pork dumpling, pan fried fish dumpling, signature spicy beef spring rolls. The slight colouring of the dumplings differentiated and I can tell you that the pencil thin spicy beef spring rolls were hot, hot, hot.
China's Republic Braised Lamb brisket is served with a peanut and pepper salt and mandarin pancake with 'tiger' dressing, chef's special sweet and sour pork spareribs. This dish was a stand out, you could either have the brisket just sprinkled with peanut and pepper salt or have the lamb wrapped in the pancake with the tiger dressing. The lamb melted in the mouth and tasted so good either way.
China Republic Lamb brisket
My all time favourite is always sweet and sour pork spare ribs and it was exactly how I imagined. Sticky glazed bite sized goodness; you'll have to use your hands but that's what this dish is about.
Sweet and Sour pork spare ribs
There is always room for dessert in my books and the walnut parfait, does not disappoint. Wow, what a combination; subtle nutty taste and ends our meal perfectly.
This restaurant is decked out in intricate wood designs and vibrant coloured seating. I watched the dessert tasting plate for 4-6 people come out and it was served on these beautiful round ornamental pieces which placed the desserts on the internal compartments. That was certainly a piece of art.
This place certainly gets my tick of approval and I will definitely be going back with a larger crowd to try more dishes. I've heard the dish to try here is the Peking duck, so I will have to try that next.