In January we covered a Manila bakery making waves in a city already known for its pastries – and so popular has Wildflour bakery proven that already a second outpost has been opened in the Philippine capital. But even with this flurry of activity centred in Asia, the culinary family behind Wildflour was also busy at work in Hollywood, opening in November their all-day dining destination Republique, which has gained recognition and three-star acclaim for French bistro fare done right.
From the Manzke family (executive chef Walter logged hours at kitchens like Patina, L’Auberge Carmel, Church & State and most recently Petty Cash, while wife Margarita is the resident pastry-making machine), Republique employs a simple concept, in a cavernous space that was formerly Charlie Chaplin’s old office, then home to L.A. institution Campanile. Now fitted with custom retro-industrial interiors, gloriously high ceilings and original vaulted archways, Republique serves a relaxed menu that reads of Parisian favourites from garlic escargots to steak frites, though there’s a touch of California culture too, with dishes like seasonal pumpkin agnolotti and soft-scrambled eggs with uni on toast. Locals have waxed poetic about the bread as being some of the best in the city – complimentary with ‘ordinary’ butter, or shell out for the wood oven pan drippings. From L.A. to Manila and back, the Manzkes prove again to be the top trans-Atlantic duo out there.
624 S La Brea Ave / WeHo / +1 310 362 6115 / all day Mon-Sat / republiquela.com