The old Campanile has turned into République. Chef and owner Walter Manzke, is the only chef that could coax me into a second dinner. The four of us had a ball and were welcomed and greeted by the chef himself and his warm smile. Not only is the food and wine out of this world but the playlist on a Monday night kept us haunting the place til midnight.
When they brought out the Sourdough baguette with creamy farm fresh, lightly salted butter, and a pot of pan drippings, I knew my pants were shrinking on me. Dinner was yummy. From the Beef Short Ribs, Wood Oven Brussel sprouts, Duck and strawberry terrine on crostini toasts and eventually the Devine Chocolate cake which won OCWino’s vote on Best Dessert for Valentines Day, our night was complete.
We went there for lunch on a whim one day and decided to try a few things. The Chicken salad was the best ever. The roasted chicken, brussel sprouts, and toasted bread made our mouths water. The croque madame was fab. The fresh egg on top was a treat and made it super moist.
Walter and Margarita Manzke, chefs and owners of République, compliment each other with their unique talents. After a stint in Carmel and opening Church and State, another LA eatery, they decided to take over the old Campanile on La Brea. We were all so sad to say goodbye to that wonderful restaurant but when we knew who was coming in its place, it took the sting out a little bit.
Walters menu varies from Caviars, Charcuteries, Tartes À L'Alsacienne, Pastas, Meat and Seafood. They serve breakfast all day and a killer brunch on Sundays. The reviews are always the same. I had the best French Toast, the best Filet Mignon and frites, the best Burger, Spaghetti Rustichella was to die for. I will have to say that Margarita's chocolate cake sent me over the edge.
Manzke is one of the few chefs in Los Angeles capable of orchestrating a proper French tasting menu. The atmosphere is casual and the food will blow your socks off. I rarely order a salad when I eat out. The chicken salad was recommended and I have to say that is one salad I would order again.
The wine list is French and extensive and yes they have a full bar with a great selection of cocktails.
You must go and hang out at République. Relax and enjoy the delicious flavors the Manzke team will prepare for you.
624 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 362-6115, republiquela.com
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