Океанский П-к., д. 17
Mon-Thurs: 9 am – 11 pm, Fri-Sat: 9 am – 12 am, Sun: 10 am – 11 pm
Meals from $4.50
Republic (its official name is written only in Latin letters) is possibly the best “Cheap Eat” ever. I am SO glad to have found this place; it will definitely be a go-to for any time I’m in the center and need a bite to eat!
Having been recommended to me by a Russian friend, I was eager to see what the deal was with this establishment, so that very day several of us made the easy bus trip downtown. Upon walking into Republic, it became clear that this was not what I had originally thought. It is not a conventional restaurant, but rather a very nice, upscale cafeteria. The ambiance is quite pleasant, with booths and tables interspersed amongst each other and a warm, cheery lighting scheme. Everything is chrome and countertops, which suits the place and emphasizes its clean, honest character.
After grabbing a tray, I immediately went for the pasta line (pasta is what Republic is known for). I ordered their aromatic turmeric-seasoned wheat pasta with a Bolognese sauce. This took all of five minutes to prepare, so efficiently do the line cooks have the process down pat. While my pasta was simmering, I grabbed a sweet-looking berries-and-cream pie off the dessert line and some black tea from the drink servery. After collecting my pasta, I joined the check-out queue, and was hard-pressed not to jump for joy when I discovered that my total for this meal was only 225 rubles (pasta – 165, pie – 45, tea – 15)! I was even more elated upon tasting what I had procured for such a cheap price; Republic’s pasta dishes rival many Italian restaurants in the States! The berries-and-cream pie was also just the perfect degree of moist, and made from truly fresh and ripe ingredients. My verdict: DELICIOUS. Another thing to keep in mind is that there is a whole separate beer/dessert counter which serves, what I am told, some of the best draft beer in the city for one of the fairest prices (0.5L = 100 rubles). The fancy desserts on that side of the restaurant also look extra tasty; I can’t wait to try one when I return!
For groups and faculty-led tours, there is, of course, no question about the quality of food there or the ridiculous value for money spent. However, a maximum of 7-8 people can fit into one of the booths comfortably. Therefore, if the group is larger than this number, you must be comfortable with being split into two or more booths and/or tables.