Saturday, October 29, 2005

New Kid on the Block - Food Republic

Food Republic
The hottest mass foodbuzz on Orchard Road these days has got to be George Quek's latest venture, FOOD REPUBLIC, on Level 4 of Wisma Atria.

Unlike the usual shopping mall food-centre (i.e. boring food-stall counters, plastic chairs, bright flourescent lighting, no ambience whatsoever), Food Republic (which occupies at least 75% of this 4th floor) is modelled on a 60s thru' 70s theme with warm yellow lighting, lovely decor of old posters and 70's artifacts on the walls, wooden dimsum pushcarts, and foodstalls displaying names of dishes in the traditional form of vertical wooden tablets. There are also dedicated areas for specialty dining (Chutneys, north indian cuisine), Waan Waan (thai cuisine), teppanyaki counters, sushi bar... but the best news are the general open dining areas (wooden tables and chairs/benches - not a single plastic chair) scattered thru'out this floor, especially the tables next to the glass panels facing Orchard Road and the Orchard MRT station. This nostalgic concept creates a lovely ambience for the delicious food that is the focus of this particular republic!

Here's a sample of the fare to expect - be prepared to 'drool' all over your laptop / computer keyboard!
FdRep Char Kway Teow
Sizzling char kway teow with lots of 'wok-hei' (wok-breath) - a must-try, queue with patience as the line can get quite long...
FdRep Kimchi Pancake
This rendition of kimchi pancake fried in eggs, is quite tasty with spicy undertones from the added kimchi and sliced chillies.
FdRep Dao Xiao Mian Expert FdRep Dao Xiao Mian
Sliced wheat handmade noodles, straight from the expert's hands (believe me, it takes skill to handle that knife and slice thin strips of noodle from that block of dough). The cooked broad strips of noodle are served in an aromatic hearty beef broth. I like.

FdRep Fish Kebab Wraps
We also tried these fish tikka wraps from Chutneys, the north indian cuisine diner onsite, very filling with an interesting tangy sauce.

FdRep Fried Tofu These fried tofu had a wonderful crispy cover on the outside and meltingly silken tofu on the inside, served with fragrant peanut sweet, sour and spicy sauce on the side - want some? go to Bifengtang, the roast duck/meat diner onsite.

FdRep Tandoori Chicken Platters of tandoori and spicy chicken piled sky-high, and don't forget the cheese prata and teh tarik offered by this stall.

The dessert offerings are just as varied, take a look at the greentea pudding with redbeans (in the background) and the mango and pomelo shaved ice (in the foreground).

FdRep Desserts FdRep Souvenirs
Food Republic had its official opening today, and in keeping with its 60's theme, the take-home souvenirs for guests was an old-fashioned hot-water flask - creative, yes but would one expect less from the guy who gave us BreadTalk, and brought Din Tai Fung to our local shore?

Quite a memorable dining experience, especially for a 'food-centre', definitely a place for repeat visits (and I wasn't swayed by the red hot-water flask, which wasn't mine to keep in the first place). Food Republic has just issued a huge challenge to the likes of foodcentres in Orchard Road, especially the adjacent basement food-centre at Takashimaya SC. All I can say is - Let the battle begin!


Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

oops! gotta dry me keyboard. Salivate liao. Delish and so eye appealing!

10/30/2005 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Beng said...

From your post, it seems like DOOM for Taka's food court. Can't wait to try the kimchi pancake!

Thanks for recommending! fact, I'm going to link up to you so that I'll know where to head for good food!

10/30/2005 06:59:00 PM  
Blogger boo_licious said...

Gulp! the food looks so good that I want to go Spore (wails!). Aiks, my mum just went down to S'pore early this morning or else I can ask her to try this place.

10/30/2005 08:11:00 PM  
Blogger J said...

ok cath, i'm heading straight for wisma asap - that kimchi pancake looks divine!

10/30/2005 11:28:00 PM  
Blogger slurp! said...

OMG, that's quite alot of food on one sitting :P

wow! that char kway teow uses the traditional palm leaf for wrapping.
did you try to wrap it up for while and then reopen again .. the aroma is darn shiok one!!!

gonna link you up (if you don't mind) for my convenience to refer over & over again :P

Just that do not know if I should create a new category for Libra Bloggers coz seems like those I added so far are all Libran hmmmm ... hmmmm ...

11/01/2005 01:14:00 AM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

hiya all,
"Come, come, join the revolution,
Eat, eat, make your stand (or take a seat) at the Food Republic"
(ok, somehow I don't think copywriting is my thing...errhh)

11/01/2005 01:14:00 AM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

hi slurp - naturally I shared all of the dishes and it was also partaken over three separate occasions... yeah, I heard that the 'orbeh' leave (dun know if I got that one right) keeps food moist and fragrant (especially good for 'tau-pows')... dun u know, Librans are know for their creativity and love for the good life (good food etc.)

11/01/2005 01:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eh the fried tofu not from Waan Waan I think? :p Unless there are two stalls serving the same dish... haha~ :)

- Alice

11/06/2005 01:29:00 AM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

hi Alice, thanks for the correction - finally had a chance to talk to bro-in-law who ordered the fried tofu the last time and he confirmed that they're from BiFengTang, the diner selling roast duck and roast meats - dun know why I got it into my head that it was from Waan Waan?? Very very paiseh.. gave credit to the wrong stall!

11/18/2005 03:39:00 PM  

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