I generally like to seek out new and independent coffee shops when I’m in different areas. While the polished and posh aesthetic of Republik wouldn’t normally attract me, it’s drink menu was enticing enough for me to drop in and check it out. Little did I know their coffee and much more, was worth the stop! The coffee, a latte of cardamom and coconut, was delicious and well balanced. My friend’s vanilla latte similarly tasty. What’s more is that they offer an array of food items as well, way too many for anyone to try in a few visits, but all equally interesting. With a wall of pastries that look like you would only find on your favorite travel shows; a nice selection of wines in a corner wall; and some quick bites along the counter that we couldn’t pass up. For example, a ham and cheese croissant sandwich might sound basic, but these were way different than your typical gas station sammie. This was a nice flaky pastry with honey and cheesy melted on top and ham that was definitely not from your local Oscar. What’s more is that while I’m not vegan, my chemistry isn’t fond of dairy so I was pleased to find a decent selection of vegan options like the aforementioned drinks as well as some food items. The Blueberry Crumble was the perfect touch to a nice lunch. I can only review based on what I had and what I experienced on this one particular day. But it was enough for me to remember it anytime I cruise through Pasadena.
A nice atmosphere, though not the most serene place or restful place for a coffee shop. It's somewhere between a restaurant and a coffee shop and it's location in the middle of town doesn't help to make it super clear. The food was fine, but for the cost I expected fresher ingredients and a better taste. The Eggs Benedict and Breakfast Burritos didn't taste particularly special. The Mediterranean Flatbread was nice but the avocados were really rough and undercooked. The first set of utensils I received were clearly unwashed, and I had to get a new set. The drip coffee I ordered had no strength or aroma. It was shockingly bland. Perhaps I had a poor experience. But for these three items and a coffee priced at over $60, I expected much more.
Ambiance: Love the mood and energy they have created with their space. So many wonderful details. It gives off a warm and inviting vibes. Definitely a space I would want to spend time. Service: Friendly and helpful staff. They explained the menu items and gave recommendations that turned out to be just right for me. Food: Beautiful presentation with taste and flavor to back it up. I was very impressed with the French toast served as two thick slices, topped with fresh fruit, a delicious whipped spiced topping and a subtle syrup. It went perfect with the savory Asada Avocado toast. Best of both worlds. The toast should be salted to your preference. It doesn't come overly salted which gives you room to add more or go with less, whichever you prefer.
Very quaint coffee shop-great for an Instagram worthy brunch date with some really quality coffee. I had the charcoal coffee and really enjoyed it! I like my coffee generally on the sweeter side, but this was just sweet enough that even my mom who likes her coffee strong, approved. My sister tried the cardamom and it was a wonderful blend of spices-kind of like if chai tea had a coffee baby. We were all happy with our choices as this was a post Mother’s Day brunch for my mom. So we were happy to spend a little extra for the experience and celebration, but for coming on a regular day, this place was a little pricey. For myself, my mom and my sister, we each had one drink and one item to eat and our bill was almost $80. Kinda crazy for a coffee shop. I took off a star because the seating was a free for all, so if you come during a busy morning like we did, you have to kind of hover and grab someone’s table as they leave. This means no one will be cleaning your table before you can sit. The servers were nice, the food was fresh, but between the price and the the seating, I had to take off a star and probably won’t be coming back until I have someone visiting and want a nice coffee experience for them. This is definitely more of a treat in my book.
This is a chic coffee lounge that serves the best caffeinated beverages. One can come alone to work or catch up with friends. They serve baked breakfast goods as well as toasts, sandwiches and flat breads. Love the ham and cheese croissant, salmon cucumber toast and the prosciutto flatbread here. They also have a savory smoked salmon pizzeta. This is nice place to sip wine later in the day.
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