Food Republic is a foodcourt that has a unique set up with mini restaurants incorporated alongside the standard food stalls.
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I've only been to 2 food republics so far: the vivo outlet and the one in 313. I must say, the food here is seriously overpriced. A nasi lemak can go up to 6 or 7 dollars depending on what you order : something that will never happen in hawker centres (unless of course, you buy almost all the food or something).
My favourites from the vivo outlet would be the beef noodles but it's called dao xiao mian or something (shaved flour into soup). The soup is extremely flavourful and the serving of beef is pretty generous too. The other would be the healthy lei cha fan.313's outlet has one of the best yong tau foo I've tasted. Expensive but though I'm not a soup person, I actually finished the soup from that food republic! It tastes like prawn mee soup heh. Mad love for that.
The whole place is also aesthetically pleasing and well lit and it has more varieties than alny other FR I suppose! Try the scissors cut mixed veg rice too!
Food here is way overpriced, but the franchise is still located everywhere and hence makes for a convenient option. I was so appalled that day when I bought Yong Tau Foo with my usual number of 5 items, and that totaled up to nearly $7.
A wide variety of food is provided however, from japanese to taiwanese, western to local delights. Most would also be delighted to find a korean stall with the rising korean wave. The food are also not of bad quality, and I especially like eating Pepper Lunch Express here since it's cheaper than their actual outlets. The cleanliness level is also not bad in this food court, and if your friends are indecisive like mine, it's a good place to go to when everyone can't make up their minds on a single place to eat at.
Food republic has stalls which sells expensive yet mediocre food. The branch at vivocity has got dim sum stalls selling food at restaurant prices. Basically everything there is expensive for a food court. The theme for Food Republic is "kumpong" style where the tables, chairs and overall atmosphere emits a vintage feel. However, since it is a food court, I am sure people do not go there for good ambience.
However, I would say that their soya bean milk and youtiao are rather delicious. The youtiao is hot, crispy and fresh, though slightly oily. But I guess that it is unavoidable for fried food.
Mini restaurants breathes fresh life into local foodcourt scene
That is probably the most apt word to describe the food served at Food Republic. Although Food Republic sells a large and extensive variety of food, ranging from local delights like Roti Prata to various cuisines from other countries (Thai food and Japanese food, for instance), the price of the food can turn me off at times.
For a foodcourt, I'd usually expect cheaper food - that is the reason why I'd probably not choose to dine at a specialized restaurant. However, the food at Food Republic can be sold at ridiculously high prices, which makes eating there not very worthwhile at times.
On a sidenote, I absolutely adore the mini restaurants that have been incorporated into the foodcourt. I often visit Food Republic at 313@Somerset, and I frequent the Japanese mini restaurant there pretty often. I have to say, the mini restaurants are a quaint addition to the foodcourt, as the food there is definitely good, but least expensive as compared to other (proper) restaurants.
Perhaps Food Republic could start off by firstly lowering the price of mineral water. Seriously, $1.50 for a bottle of mineral water is just going to make customers hate them.
First off, let me just make it clear that the food sold at Food Republic are awfully expensive! After my first visit many months ago - during its opening at Causeway Point - I have not set my foot there ever since! I mean the fact that there is only one Halal food stall for us, Muslims, that’s a one. The foods are overly priced too, which is so unlike Banquet.
So here’s the drift, The Food Republic had officially opened its new branch at the 3rd level of Causeway Point 9 months ago and being curious as I was, my friends and I thought of giving the new food court a try. However, to our dismay, we were let down in so many ways.
I could not remember how the dishes that we ordered taste like but all that I could recall was just the price tag of each dish on the menu board of the Nasi Padang Stall. $7 for a plate of Nasi Ayam Penyet and having a plate of white rice with a two to three condiments may costs up to $15? You have got to be kidding me. Now that is a total scam! My friends and I were so appalled that we ended up buying a bowl of Mee Rebus instead which cost us $4 when usually it would cost us $2.50 at most, anywhere. Nothing extraordinary and I honestly think you can get food with better standards and cheaper at any other food courts like Banquet, Teh Tarikh and Kopitiam, most definitely.
O-V-E-R-P-R-I-C-E-D (and it's nothing but an ordinary food court!)
The most recent time I ate at Food Republic was just a month ago, and I went there because my family wanted to have hokkien mee at the nex branch, which they claim is very good. Before this, a friend of mine warned me not to eat at Food Republic because the prices are like a scam, but since my family members insisted, I agreed to settle for what they wanted that time.
I am not a fan of hokkien mee (yes I'm weird, judge me), so I decided to have noodles. What kind of noodles, I forgot. It was not memorable to begin with, and I didn't like that they garnished the dish with fatty chunks of meat of which the texture was equivalent to a small bite of mashed potato.
The only thing I could really remember about it was the cost. If I were to eat such a dish at a hawker center, I'd expect no more than $3 for such a dish (because it's local, not Japanese, Korean, or Western, etc), and truthfully, I would expect about the same at a food court, or at most a dollar more. It was freaking $5, may be exact, may not, and the portion was pretty standard. The ones who ate their hokkien mee said that they didn't find it as nice as their first try (the experience I am basing on was their second), so I guess that says something.
Drinks were not cheap as well, so my family decided to switch to Toast Box, where prices were definitely much more reasonable! I honestly think you can get better/equal standards and CHEAPER at other food courts, like Foodfare or Food Junction, hehe.
I'd eat with a gun to my head
If not, you will not catch me dead here.
Your ingredients are overpriced food, uncomfortable seats, standard drinks and bad air con. Mix them up and you'll get Food Republic in its full glory!
Looking for a plate of chicken rice that will burn a sure-fire hole in your pocket? Look no further! Therein lies the chicken rice that will have you talking about it! Did you say you want small meat portions with plain rice? You've got it!
Perhaps you're more elegant, you prefer noodles like the common American. Fret not mate, step into our food court and find yourself a ball of wanton mee. What, you don't like the taste of the sauce and you like water-flavoured soup? Let me get that for you!
Ah sir come on, why demand things like good desserts and nice drinks when you can have standard hawker fare beverages at restaurant prices! Let us connect to the common man by sharing mediocre drinks. In unity we trust!
Only if I have no choice.
Food Republic is a success in its own sense. Besides the numerous outlets in Singapore, I had the chance to see one in Hong Kong before and it was as crowded.
However, my view of it is that it is very expensive and suitable for tourists. But of course, looking at the crowds, there are always enough business from locals as well. I do agree that they have a nice consolidation of many famous local dishes, famed to be from famous local hawkers as well. But with so many outlets, these famous stalls are simply just franchises of the original and I wondered how authentic the food would be. The idea of having mini restaurants in the same place is a nice idea so I can get different food all at one shot.
But the prices are not cheap. Prices can be about 50% to 70% higher than normal stalls. I think if the quality is really that much higher, I do not mind paying the premium. But sometimes, that is not the case. I mean hokkien mee will always be hokkien mee. So, I usually try not to go unless I had no options.
The outlet at Vivocity is also not nice to be at as it is not just very crowded, it is also very cramped as the tables and chairs are packed so close to each other. It's not easy to move around. But I have tried one of their mini restaurants that sold Bak Kut Teh. That stall is not bad, and is worth a try, as the meat is tender and the soup is strong. Again, prices on the high side are expected.
That is the only word I can use to describe this BreadTalk subsidiary. Although they are a food court similar to the likes of Banquet and Kopitiam, the prices here are generally more expensive as compared to them. A plate of chicken rice can cost up to $5, where it costs $3 - $3.50 at the aforementioned places.
The food is not that delicious either. What you can find at Food Republic, I'm sorry to say but you can find it at a local hawker centre. Still, it is arguably the most 'atas' food court you can find in Singapore. At the 313@Somerset branch, drink ladies even come with their very own scooter!
In my opinion, it is not worth the high price.