Kitchen Republic

7821 Edinger Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
714-891-8890

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  • Mon., 3-9 p.m. Tues.-Thurs. & Sun., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Full bar
Kitchen Republic is an Asian fusion restaurant in Huntington Beach. The menu follows recent restaurant tropes as though it was gospel. Poutine, roasted Brussels sprouts, and poke are all present and accounted for. And for a while, it even offered roasted bone marrow served with triangles of crustless toast. What you want are the straight-up Asian dishes. Kitchen Republic’s $15 “Frizzled Rice” might be the most you’ll ever pay for shrimp fried rice anywhere, but when you get it, you see immediately where the money went. Those white streaks that run through the rice grains are premium lump crab meat. Khao soi—an obscure Thai noodle soup that captured the imagination of Playground’s Jason Quinn enough he made a whole restaurant out of it—is also a good bet. The kitchen staff serves it deconstructed in layers: the chicken in its curry sauce on the bottom of the bowl, the egg noodles above that, then an impenetrable beehive nest of wispy fried noodles on top. The restaurant is full of potential, and it sure beats Cheesecake Factory next door, with or without the hour-long waits.

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