Saturday, April 23, 2016

Courtesy of NOW! Bali Featuring Republik 45

The Patriotic Flavours
 
Longing for an authentic, world-class Indonesian restaurant? Bali is home to a number of fine dining Indonesian restaurants that make for the perfect spot for decadent dinners, intimate dates or memorable group gatherings. For this reason only, Republik 45 is a place to be considered. Located on the busiest street of Kerobokan, Republik 45 breaks away from the usual Indonesian dining scene, taking the Indonesian cuisine to the elevated level. This solid fine dining establishment serves up an inspired menu of home-style selection with a casual elegance, offering a rich menu that is known for its flavor and history, presenting a combination of recipes that are passed down from generations to generations. It is an ideal place to taste the exotic flavors and recipes of Indonesian archipelago.
 
The large dining hall features impressive industrial yet stylish design with the open-air, chill ambience. To add the homey feeling to this grand building, the plants decorate on one side of the wall while a picture story of a Balinese ceremony attached on the other side. The bar at the end of the hall makes for a great prelude to your lunch or dinner, from where you can enjoy their selection of signature cocktails. Afternoon’s live acoustic or DJ performance at night will cheer up your dining experience.
 
This restaurant highlights Indonesian food in a sophisticated ambiance but still offers the right interpretation of the dishes. The variant menus showcasing traditional dishes of particular region in Indonesia. The authentic flavours of Bali are also on offer, highlighted by their popular Megibung sharing dish for those who want to experience ancient Balinese family dining style. Some would consider the menu at Republik 45 to be fusion, but they are actually a playful combination of the traditional Indonesian recipe with modern and western techniques to result in a clever and beautifully presented Indonesian dishes.
 
The food I am going to list down is ‘finger licking’ good! It really gave me ‘A Kick in the Mouth’. Starting up with Bebek Goreng Bali which was stuffed with local spices, steamed and then deep fried. The duck became so soft that I could even chew the bones. The perfect dish to serve side by side with this is Ayam Taliwang. At first glance, the chicken looked almost like the common grilled or fried chicken, simply covered with a spicy relish. Only after tasting it, can we discern the difference. The meat was well done in its melt-in-the-mouth texture. It tasted spicy but deeply piquant, so rich. This dish was one of the considerations culinary connoisseurs to order. I also got the chance to try Ikan Bumbu Kuning. The fish was served perfectly with herbs seeped into the meat, mixing with the yellow sauce of fresh turmeric and lemongrass that will heavenly taste in your mouth!
 
The meal danced across my palate with a symphony of flavors. I guess the best quote I can describe for this culinary journey is “Food is like music; every ingredient is a powerful note.” I believe each player on the staff is a member of the talented orchestra that brings this symphony to life, making Republik 45 feel sophisticated while still keeping the authenticity of Indonesian dishes.
 
Republik 45
Jalan Raya Kerobokan No 86A, North Kuta, Badung Regency
www.republik45.com

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