Not Everyday Kokrokoo, sometimes brunch
Everyone knows Republic as the spot to score some Kokrokoo, and even a wengeze shot, if that’s the kind of night you are looking for. But who knew that over the weekends from 10am - 2pm Meriem’s Kitchen was cooking up a Moroccan inspired food fest, spicing up the breakfast brunching scene here in Accra. Well we did, and now you do too.
Ash: I was definitely skeptical about trying out this Republic Breakfast, I feel like that’s a rational feeling to have when you hear breakfast at Republic. *raise your eyebrows* My skepticism kept me away from all the goodness Meriem was cooking up and I’m glad Dede dragged me to try it out. On arriving, we unanimously, as we took a friend along, decided the outside seating was better. The lighting was great outside and we played musical chairs till we found a seating arrangement that kept us all in the shade.
Dede: The first time I told Ashley about the Republic Brunch, she was like “Republic” with her eyebrows raised to the sky and dragged us to Bread and Wine instead. I let her have her way but you know the oldest knows best.
Ash: The service was rather slow, our waiter was a little lost to be very honest. They may need to ask their waiters to be a little more alert and friendly. Nonetheless, we finally made our order. To drink I ordered the the pineapple and orange fresh juice, Dede got the watermelon and mint and we got a Moroccan mint tea for the table to share.
Dede: Oh the service was slow, I forgot our waiters name. He must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed or was still dreaming about his bed because he was in a different world and very slow. My watermelon mint tasted watered down and fermented, it tasted nothing like watermelon so I sent it back and got pineapple juice instead. The pineapple tasted fresh and the moroccan tea was to die for, I’ve never had moroccan tea before but after this, I’m ready to go to Morocco. Who got me?
Ash: For the food, we wanted to try a variety of things on the menu so we went with the chicken quesadillas, the spicy breakfast jollof and the full English. You know how I be feeling about my full English. We got hit with the Ghana standard, “We don’t have the breakfast jollof!” Bummer! So we settled for the Moroccan omelet instead.
Dede: We basically tried everything on the menu, it’s a limited menu just how Ash likes it and we were really gunning for the spicy breakfast jollof but this is Ghana so swerve. It was unavailable.
Ash: Our food came out in such a weird manner. I mean it didn’t really matter as all three of us shared each plate, but I’m so confused by how each dish was brought out at least 5-10 minutes after each other. We practically finished each plate before the next one arrived. As a note to all restaurants, food should be served together, not in parts, we come out to eat together, not to watch our friends eat and then have them watch us eat. We come to eat together.
Dede: I actually assumed that the waiter knew we were sharing so brought them out at different intervals and I’m glad he did because I hate cold food. If that wasn’t the case then I agree with Ash, I don’t want to be drooling in impatience when my friends food arrives before me, neither do I want to share when my food arrives first.
Ash: The chicken quesadillas arrived first, they were my absolute favorite. They didn’t really taste like quesadillas because the sour cream was missing, but they were yummy! They arrived warm, they tasted like meat. The toast and the crunch on the tortilla was yummy. This was really just perfect. The moroccan spiced cabbage on the side was also pretty good. I liked that it was something that came on every plate. I was pleased with this plate and it will definitely be my go to order at Republic.
Dede: I didn’t think there was a universal way for making quesadilla. I just checked google, my cousin, there isn’t. Ash is dreaming about the Mexican quesadilla, this is Morocco, mami they do things different. The chicken quesadillas came out hot, fresh off the griddle. I have to give them a round of applause for serving fresh food. I thought it tasted like chicken and with the stew like dip and spiced veggies, my taste buds were in heaven. I fully endorse this quesadilla.
Ash: Dede there can’t be a universal way of making quesadillas, it’s like saying there isn’t a universal way of making banku? It’s a Mexican dish. Anyway, the Moroccan omelet was forgettable. Apparently their best seller, but it seems we were unfortunate and went on a day where the cook decided that salt and pepper were not a part of the recipe. It was bland and just lost me. It was filled with cheese, which unfortunately couldn’t save it, but perhaps try it you may get lucky and it will be seasoned correctly.
Dede: But sour cream is not a requisite. Anyway, I was so excited for the Moroccan omelet, but it seems the Chef put us on a strict no salt no pepper diet that we didn’t know about. The owner did explain that he had forgotten to include salt and pepper, he might as well have forgotten to include the eggs. It does seem like a meal that has potential but I’ve been scarred and won’t be ordering it again. Let us know if you ever order it and what it’s really supposed to taste like.
Ash: The full english was great, everything was cooked right and the twist on the plate was pleasant. Instead of serving us regular warmed baked beans, they served us local black eyed beans in a moroccan infused sauce of some kind. It was absolutely delightful to see the Moroccan flavors and spices present in every aspect of every plate. The full English was filling and tasty and very well served. I was overall happy with my meal and Republic had definitely scored brownie points on ⅔ of their plates.
Dede: The full breakfast is another go to meal. Even though the quesadillas have won my heart, the full breakfast can be the side chick. I love the cheese omelet, and the fact that they didn’t mince with the cheese and it actually oozes out when you cut into it. Like Ash said, I like their take on infusing local ingredients with moroccan flavors. The beans was definitely a new discovery for me.
Ash: Republic during the day is still very much an expat space. But with their mint tea and their Moroccan infused dishes I am definitely going back to bask in that sun.
Dede: It’s a yes in my books. I wish they will serve bottomless Kokrokoo in the morning and turn it into a boozy brunch. That will be the icing on the cake.