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3/5

THE RE.PUB.LK

57, Hospital Street, 00100 Colombo, Sri Lanka


The RePubLk has come through steadily since they opened a few years go. The quality of their food and drinks have managed to stay the same, but somehow they aren't as great as they used to be.



A new upscale pub in the home of upscale pubs that is the area around Dutch Hospital. 

 

Impressions

You walk right into the middle of a typical chic colombo bar scene, clean stark surfaces, a huge fashionable bar and the lasting impression of feeling like a fancy man. There was a real inclusion of some beautiful rustic structures; one rough ashy cement wall opposing an open brick wall with indented archways, old metal pipes that made up the booze shelves, imposing heavy wooden doors.

But all these unpolished elements didn’t really downplay the sheer swankiness of the place, instead it just added to that chic rudimentary style. The high ceiling made the bar really spacious and there was a variety of seating, bar stools and bar tables for the drunkies but also lower tables and comfy chairs for the more serious diners and larger groups. 

 

Food

The menu was composed entirely of starters, very much like a tapas menu but grabbing little treats from all around the world. There were some Lankan classics, like Hot butter Cuttlefish and some other Asian specialities and even a few Spanish appearances. Each of the starters was about Rs. 600.

We sampled Chicken Momos, fleshy dumplings that came with a fiery sauce in a traditional bamboo steam box, pork sliders and Hot Butter cuttlefish served in a little silver thatchiya. The presentation highlighted the diversity of the menu itself. Hands down the dumplings were the best, the cuttlefish could nestle comfortably among better ones I've tried, crispy and spicy. 

You’re kinda fascinated when you see Arrack Rainbow Blast on the dessert menu, but it’s best to just go with your conventional impulses and keep arrack in the cocktail. Overall, the menu was concise enough to not be overwhelming while still offering good variety.

 

Drinks

We went for some of the classics, Rebublican Arrack Sours (Rs.600) , a Perfect Gin Glass, and a Long Island (Rs. 800), which is just sophisticated cocktail code for Arrack n’ Lime, Gin n’ Tonic and coke with a buttload of white liquor. The gin and arrack were particularly sharp and refreshing. There were some other fruity colourful options like mango margarita that sound really interesting. 

 

Service

For such a fashionable imposing atmosphere, the staff were helpful, our waiter and even the manager coming up often to check up on our experience. Our waiter was familiar with the menu and really friendly when offering up information about the food and drinks. Overall, we had a very pleasant experience. 

Address

57, Hospital Street, 00100 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Directions

On Hospital Road (behind Dutch), where Browns used to be.

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Price Range

Between Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1500

Dish Types

Alcoholic Beer Cocktails Bites

Cuisine

Fusion

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
2
Ambience Rating
4
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1/5

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Dobby123

We (a group of 15 people looking to have a decent Friday night) had a similar experience last month. We walked in around 8pm and the waiter arranged a corner sofa upstairs for all of us ( in which we barely fit)…When we started ordering the food, he again insisted that we move downstairs because he suddenly realized there’s not enough space on the table for our food and drinks. We were initially reluctant to shift the entire group (of 15) downstairs because it was a hastle but then felt sorry for the waiter so we moved …However, a guy in a tie who we assumed was the manager threw the biggest fit because he had to rearrange the furniture for us and passed extremely rude remarks out loud. It was horrible service altogether, the food wasn’t so great and the drinks were such a rip off so in the end we just spent a thumping amount for such a bad experience.


Conclusions- never stepping into this place nor are we recommending it to anyone we know, till the management fixes its service !!!!!!

If anyone’s looking to hang out with a large crowd at Dutch hospital, steurt n co offers much better drinks n food and has really good service. Maybe republik could learn a thing or two from them!!!!

K
2

4/5

0

K

the ambience and the food is great ! drinks are alright :) they have their days !

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1/5

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AnupamaCroose

The menu has no certain speciality. I don't think that any of the dishes made in the real-time…the temperature of the food was good but I am sure they used microwave oven. The quality was just ok and the taste was good but nothing unusual, special or exciting. The price is not comparable to the food and service

D
1

1/5

1

Dobby123

We (a group of 15 people looking to have a decent Friday night) had a similar experience last month. We walked in around 8pm and the waiter arranged a corner sofa upstairs for all of us ( in which we barely fit)…When we started ordering the food, he again insisted that we move downstairs because he suddenly realized there’s not enough space on the table for our food and drinks. We were initially reluctant to shift the entire group (of 15) downstairs because it was a hastle but then felt sorry for the waiter so we moved …However, a guy in a tie who we assumed was the manager threw the biggest fit because he had to rearrange the furniture for us and passed extremely rude remarks out loud. It was horrible service altogether, the food wasn’t so great and the drinks were such a rip off so in the end we just spent a thumping amount for such a bad experience.


Conclusions- never stepping into this place nor are we recommending it to anyone we know, till the management fixes its service !!!!!!

If anyone’s looking to hang out with a large crowd at Dutch hospital, steurt n co offers much better drinks n food and has really good service. Maybe republik could learn a thing or two from them!!!!

K
2

4/5

0

K

the ambience and the food is great ! drinks are alright :) they have their days !

A
1

1/5

0

AnupamaCroose

The menu has no certain speciality. I don't think that any of the dishes made in the real-time…the temperature of the food was good but I am sure they used microwave oven. The quality was just ok and the taste was good but nothing unusual, special or exciting. The price is not comparable to the food and service

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4/5

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Malinthe

I like this place. Even the service is great. Good food, nice drinks. But WHY is the music so loud?

Avatar for Vishvi
1

5/5

Vishvi YAMU STAFF

Rated 5/5

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4/5

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Hasara

Great Service, It was jerome who served us and he was the right amount of attentive :D. Food and Booze was good. But i guess having cocktails is the right way to go if you're planning to getting tipsy.
Food on the other hand was really great. Portion sizes are not that great but it matches with the price which wasn't too up there. overall it was a great experience.

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