The Patriotic Flavours of Republik 45
Longing for an authentic, world-class Indonesian restaurant? Many come to Bali in search of Indonesian flavours, a restaurant that has the right space for decadent dinners, intimate dates or memorable group gatherings. Republik 45 is one such place that seems to have it all. Found on Jalan Raya Kerobokan, Republik 45 breaks away from the usual dining scene, bringing classic Indonesian cuisine to an elevated level.
The Republik 45, whose name refers to Indonesia’s declaration of independence in 1945 when it became a republic, patriotically highlights Indonesian food and strives to offer authentic interpretations of original recipes. The menu showcases a large variety of favourite dishes from particular regions around the country. The real flavours of Bali are also on offer, highlighted by their popular Megibung sharing dish for those who want to experience an ancient Balinese family-dining style.
Some have claimed that the dishes at Republik is fusion when it isn’t. Really, Balinese Chef Ketut Udiana uses modern and western techniques in his cooking of original recipes to create beautifully presented Indonesian dishes. he Republik building was once a factory warehouse, though it still retains its industrial skeleton, the interiors have been transformed into a stylish dining hall, open and spacious. A green ‘living wall’ covers one side of the restaurant, whilst an expansive painting of a Balinese ceremony hangs on the opposite wall – testament to the island it calls home. The bar at the end of the hall makes for a great prelude to dinner, from where you can enjoy their selection of signature cocktails.
Having heard a lot about the food, I was given some of Republik 45’s favourite dishes to taste and savour. I started with the ever-popular Bebek Goreng Bali, duck stuffed with local spices, steamed and then deep fried, the result was a crispy skin finish with tender melt-in-the-mouth meat beneath. A fine poultry accompaniment was the Ayam Taliwang, hailing from Lombok. A semi-tenderised chicken, either grilled or fried, topped with a piquant relish of garlic, chili and shrimp paste.
Whilst fried food dishes are customary for Indonesia, healthier options are also abound. The Salad Rujak Tahu is a colourful take on a popular veggie-based dish, a sweeter salad containing crunchy radish, argula, tofu, cucumber and more. Another lighter choice is the Tiga Nelayan (three fishermen), a triad of seafood dishes. My particular favourite being the central Ikan Bumbu Kuning. A delicate pan-seared fish upon a bed of stringed carrot, doused in a gorgeously buttery mixture of turmeric and lemongrass. These are but a few examples from their extensive menu, which lists all-time home and street-side favourites, from punchy little corn cakes to the hearty Beef Rendang.
The many exotic herbs and spices of Indonesian food tend to dance across one’s palate with a symphony of flavours. At Republik 45, the experience is no different. Here, original, homestyle Indonesian cooking, utilising the recipes passed down through the generations, comes to life within a fine-yet-casual dining establishment that everyone can enjoy.
Republik 45, is open for lunch and dinner. However, every week (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) Republik entertains the vibrant Bali crowds with unique live music events and every month they hold their increasingly popular Pasar Malam night market, featuring local food, music and shops.
A : Jalan Raya Kerobokan No 86A, North Kuta, Badung Regency
T : +62 878-8866-1945
W : http://www.republik45.com/