Each time I chill out or dine in outlets at Menara Hap Seng, I had always tell myself over and over again that I must at least pop in to Hakka Republic to see what they have to offer, given its interesting name. I think same question pop up in almost everyone’s mind when they hear the name Hakka Republic, do they serve hakka dishes or chinese cuisine? Asked the person in charge why call Hakka Republic, we were told that long time ago, hakka did indeed form a republic in Borneo, Kalimantan. But mystery still remain as to why Hakka Republic name is chosen for this outlet which serves mainly western and touch of fusion fares.
Let’s move on to their beer on tap.
Whilst I was browsing their food menu, I noticed wine pairing are written in the menu recommending selective wines for certain starters and mains. In addition to this, customers don’t need to order by a bottle of wine if unfamiliar to them, as they sell half glasses or tasting portion for all wine as well.
Apart from its interesting name, there’s another little discovery on this outlet that is worth mentioning. We were sitting by the bar with my handbag on the bar counter, all the sudden the bartender cheekily asked, “Miss, is your handbag fire proof?!!” and he was holding a small can in his hand. I was puzzled for few seconds, and then we were told to move back a little as I watched the bartender in action setting up the ‘Flaming Lamborghini” from a customer’s request. Check this out…
How did the string of fire come about at the bar? The bartender practically pour gasoline on the bar counter just for the ‘ooh and ahh’ effect. But most importantly, it did draw other customers’ attention as spectators and cheering were all round when the customer finished the drink. Flaming lamborghini wasn’t the only thing that the bartender did for this, as he did it for certain shots as well.
Hakka Republic has live jazz, rhythm and blues performance on Fridays, and it is a good place to chill out, try out some wines, and chat with friends and business associates given the cosy environment and background music.
Address: 2nd Floor, Menara Hap Seng
1-3 Jalan P Ramlee
Kuala Lumpur 50250