Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Republic of Burger at Kemang

I had always been a fan of The Republic of Burger since having their burger at their (now closed) branch in Cipete. I had been there three times in total and were pretty sad when the management announced that they're moving to Kemang; albeit nearby, it is different. It is only recently that I finally tried out their joint in Kemang alongside with +Marsya Anindita and a friend because we're looking forward to eating a good amount of burger for a price that is worth every of its penny. Added bonus is that we came during lunchtime and grabbed their promotion of 'buy 2 get 1' of their Monster Burger. Fitting the amount of the party, we agreed to take on their promo.

Mushroom Gravy (61.000) + Curly Fries (IDR 15.000)
This is one of the restaurant's recommended burger that consists of 250-grams of seasoned grilled wagyu beef patty, caramelized onion, lettuce, and mushroom that is cooked alongside with gravy. This dish is paired with barbecue sauce and coleslaw on the side and my friend ordered an additional waffle fries as a side. I bet this one tasted good as it was fragrant; I can smell the gravy even from afar.

Juicy Lucy Monster (IDR 67.000)
One of the most popular dishes here, the juicy lucy took the name of the signature cooking style where the burger patty is filled with cheese that would melt alongside the beef while it is cooking so that it will be melted and stringy when eaten. Whether or not your cheese melt properly would be based on luck hehe, as I ordered this dish once and the cheese melts but didn't ooze out of the patty. This dish is also filled with tomatoes, lettuce, and white sauce.

The Jack's Ultimate Burger (IDR 77.000) + Waffle Fries (IDR 15.000)
This is my personal order, the house's signature menu. It consists of 250-grams wagyu beef patty drizzled with their homemade Jack Daniels® sauce, double cheese, smoked beef, onion, tomato, and lettuce. There was caramelized onion on the side alongside with barbecue sauce and coleslaw. The portion here were super big and I believe their bun is 12cm in diameter! Overall the burger was very juicy, sweet and umami at the same time. The ingredients tasted fresh and flavor-wise it was all great, except for the coleslaw -- I wish it had more dressing on it. As for the fries, it was very well seasoned and texture-wise it is pretty consistent that are crispy on the outside yet still soft on the inside. Yet there's this: the service is a big problem.

Traffic Light (IDR 27.000)
Melon syrup, orange juice and red soda. This beverage is suuuper sweet and I cannot taste the fizz out of the soda, but it taste pretty good when mixed together. 

Going to The Republic of Burger for its fourth time, the service is always soooo slow. Be prepared to wait a good 20 minutes, at least, to get your order onto the table. On this very particular afternoon, it got worse. The server forgotten my fries order, my friend got their drink (which was mineral water!) half an hour after coming in -- the waitress remembered the order midway, and they kept saying "sorry that it took so long, we're so busy during this hour of the day" when there were only two or three table filled on the two level of the restaurant.  That explanation made it worse than it is as we can clearly see that some of the staffs are just hanging around.

So yeah, expect excellent everything but the service. Regardless, I would come again but I won't expect much out of the service -- but I do hope they improve as The Republic of Burger have some of the best burgers I've tried and that is why I keep on coming back.

The Republic of Burger
Jl. Kemang Selatan
No. 150 D4
South Jakarta
+6221 36580862