Food Republik

Posted on | January 27, 2013 | 11 Comments

Food Republik

After hearing about Food Republik, I put it on my list of places to visit one day.

Yes, that is a long list. No, it never gets shorter.

Food Republik is said to be inspired by Taiwanese night markets, but it’s actually a food court within a food court (ooh inception styles). It’s located inside Box Hill Centro, and within the Food Republik area there are several food stalls. You get two menus – one for savoury food plus drinks, and one for dessert(story). Ordering from any or all of the stalls can be done by writing the food item number on an order sheet and giving it to the wait staff.

One weekend we took mum and dad to visit the Royal Cranbourne Botanic Gardens and afterwards, even though it’s not really on the way back, we swung by Box Hill for a late lunch. We went straight to Food Republik, where there was a wait of about ten minutes for a table. I hear that there’s pretty much always a queue.

Soy bean

Food came out fairly promptly, though it was staggered because it was from several kitchens. A little annoyingly, my soy milk and soy pudding ($4.90) was the first to arrive. It took up precious table space while I slowly slurped my way through it.


I ordered us a serve of the XLB ($10.50 for 8).

XLB single

They were passable, not amazing, but passable.

Beef brisket noodle

Dad wanted the beef brisket noodle soup ($9.50). The meat was fairly tender and flavoursome, with the soup being meaty with a slight sourness. I thought it was pretty good.

Spring onion pancake

Mum’s only request was for a spring onion pancake ($4), which is funny because she doesn’t like garlic, onions or spring onions.

Unfortunately, the pancake was marred by the bitter flavour of the old oil that had been used to fry it.

Popcorn chicken

And finally, we had a popcorn chicken rice box ($9.90). This was quite good – and there was heaps of chicken in that box. The small pieces of chicken retained a juiciness inside ther crunchy, salty coating.

Green tea Mocha

Mum and Alastair had a couple of big extravagant drinks. Alastair chose the Matcha rocks – green tea soy with read bean and green tea ice cream ($7.20) and mum had a mocha with ice cream ($5.90)

I thought the food at Food Republik was okay. I probably wouldn’t go back to Box Hill specifically to eat there, but wouldn’t mind visiting again if I was in the area. Since everything they made you could get better elsewhere, it seems to be the fact that it’s so easy to pick and choose from all the different stalls that’s makes it attractive.

Food Republik (next to The Reject Shop)
Box Hill Centro South
Station St
Box Hill

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11 Responses to “Food Republik”

  1. [email protected]
    January 27th, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    I have been scared of the queues so yet to visit. Doesn’t sound like I need to be in too much of a hurry from the sounds of it! Will give it a try though if the stars align and I find a car park, the queue is short and we’re hungry!
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    Agnes Reply:

    Haha, yeah I wouldn’t hurry! But try going outside peak times – we only waited about five mins.


  2. GourmetGetaways
    January 28th, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    All the food does look really yummy! I know you said the dumplings weren’t that great but they looked so yummy.

    I want dumpling now…
    The popcorn chicken rice box gave me heart palpitations, YUM
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    Agnes Reply:

    I see dumplings and popcorn chicken in your future. :D


  3. Bryan
    January 28th, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

    This is the first mixed review I’ve heard about the XLB’s there. I have it on my wishlist just for them =). But yes, the variety sounds attractive too.
    Bryan recently posted..Steer Bar & Grill


    Agnes Reply:

    They definitely weren’t amazing. But they were okay. Maybe we got them on a bad day?


  4. Iron Chef Shellie
    February 6th, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    Excellent, I don’t need to move this up my list if it wasn’t amazing. Lol wonder what your mum was thinking ordering the spring onion pancake… she musta been off her chops that day!


    Agnes Reply:

    She is a bit strange sometimes, bhaha.


  5. April
    February 15th, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

    Food Republik was a bit hit and miss for us. There’s so much choice in Box Hill, food needs to be all hits for you to return again!
    April recently posted..Highlights of Hong Kong Fine Dining


  6. Thanh
    February 24th, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    I’ve heard such mixed things about the XLB. Looks like it’s rather inconsistent. I would drop in if I was in the area.
    Thanh recently posted..The Aylesbury – Good Food In A Nice Setting


  7. msihua
    March 2nd, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

    It’s like every other food court in Asia but much less tasty!
    msihua recently posted..Oscar Cooper @ Prahran, VIC – Great Food, Great Atmosphere


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