On nights when you just want steak and after a hard gym session, letting someone else make food decision on your behalf is definitely not a good idea. If, however, you want an option that hits the protein and carb spots, then Food Republik is the place to be!
Located in the leafy suburbs of Box Hill (and right across from a place that had steak night specials) I was definitely intrigued by the way their menu was designed. Of course, given that it was a catch up with PB, I was swayed (/worn down..I’m not sure which as yet) by the fact that they have different cuisines being offered from the one kitchen. You choose an Asian Cuisine – Korean, Thai, Chinese and/or Japanese, and they would bring it out for you. One would almost be forgiven for believing that they have travelled to these Asian places given all the delectable aromas wafting through the air.
Whilst I did have a say in some of my menu options, I left most of the decisions to PB, something he loves doing (just kidding champ).
We started off on lamb dumplings that were quite delicious. According to PB’s research, this was a must have item on the menu and it did not disappoint.
He ordered a white chocolate drink (ladies, take note, instant brownie points in my books). Yes, it was delicious but at the same time, every sip I took was utter diabetic coma inducing happiness. I could feel the efforts of my gym session being negated as this sweet nectar from Food Republik slowly and deliberately made it’s way to my stomach.
This was followed by a Pork burger or a Bao. I’m not too sure on the name. This fluffy and filling morsel definitely hit my carb targets. For the week…
And then my option, the one dish I chose, the mains, arrived. I really really wished I had worn more comfortable pants because I was at risk of killing or at the very least seriously injuring someone with the pant button about to pop. My mains consisted of beef and pork, garnished with some spring onions and corriander. One word. Amazing.
And to finish it off… there were the chinese doughnuts. Yes. At this point, PB could see the rage in my eyes as I had to consume this one more dish. Of course, he didn’t know that 2 came per serving. I think perhaps, he was hungry and I wasn’t as much. I really should have ordered instead. If anything, I would say, give this item a miss on the menu. It didn’t have any sweetness. It felt like you were eating plain batter.
Yet, the night was filled with funky Asian tones, good laughs and delicious meals that I wasn’t about to forget any time soon.
TDT: 4.0/5 – Definitely a place to be!