Day 223: If you’ve joined the local Chinese community in boycotting the Eastwood Garden Peking Restaurant but miss what it was most famous for, this is worth a try

Day 223: If you've joined the local Chinese community in boycotting the Eastwood Garden Peking Restaurant but miss what it was most famous for, this is worth a try

Day 223: If you’ve joined the local Chinese community in boycotting the Eastwood Garden Peking Restaurant but miss what it was most famous for, this is worth a try

Thursday, 11 August 2014 I’m not entirely sure what to make of China Republic, a new-ish Chinese restaurant that’s taken over the nightclub space under World Square (which I always maintained should’ve been called Underworld). It plays at being a fine dining restaurant, but many of the dishes I’ve tried come off as unremarkable or pandering to Western tastes. That is, deep-fried and loaded with sweet and salty sauces.

The things that are genuinely impressive to a Chinese palate are very subtle, and it took a while for me to tease them out – the rice (short, puffy, beautifully textured); the tea (rich)… but worthy of coming out for?

It wasn’t until the very end of my meal that I realised what’s so good about this place, so I’ll cut right down to it.

If you’re going to pay a visit to China Republic, call them to make a booking. 30 minutes before you arrive, call them up again and order the Peking Duck. It’s $88, plus $2 per head. When you get there, order the dessert platter.

You’re welcome.

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