When you walk into Tortilla Republic on Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood, you’ll immediately notice the beautiful décor, as well as the great opportunities for people watching, as the restaurant is a favorite among the hippest in the area. But the greatest part of it is, you also get substance, along with that style. From the cocktails, to the dessert, and everything in between, Tortilla Republic serves up delicious Mexican cuisine that’s on the cusp of the latest in Mexican gourmet.
To start, they have a great Margarita Bar, with fantastic cocktails. I tried the Jalapeño Margarita, with Cazadores Reposado, jalapeño, agave, fresh lime, and sweet Cointreau, which I really enjoyed…perfect for those who like a little kick. If you want something really unique, the Cucumber Lavendar Margarita is a nice choice with El Jimador Silver, fresh squeezed lime, muddled cucumber and housemade lavender syrup. If you’re looking for some antioxidants with your drink, how about the Beetarita, with Milagro Reposado, fresh red beets, ginger purée, agave, and fresh lime? There are many margaritas and other cocktails to choose from, so there is definitely something for every taste bud.
Moving on to the food, the Tacos de Jicama are a nice, light appetizer to start off your meal. These are not your usual tacos…instead, the shell is made of thinly sliced jicama (crispy, white root vegetable), which gives them an exquisite crunch, filled with shrimp, in a scrumptious chipotle mayo, with cilantro, red onion and avocado. They are tasty and delicious, and are the perfect option for whetting the appetite, without filling you up too much before the main course. Another great appetizer to share, which is a little heavier, is the Huarache Filete Flatbread, crispy corn flatbread, topped with prime all natural tenderloin, caramelized onions, baby arugula, manchego cheese and chili mulato oil. It’s delicious! And it’s perfect for sharing, so you don’t have to be tempted to eat the whole thing yourself. ;)
For my main course, I had the Lobster Enchiladas, which are to die for. I’m a sucker for anything with truffle and lobster, so imagine a truffled tomatillo seafood bisque, wrapped inside a tortilla, with manchego and jack cheeses, and shaved black truffle on top! Yes, I know it’s enough to make you want to jump in the car and head over now, right? ;) They really are superb!
The menu is full of other great options, such as Ancho Seared Salmon with roasted poblano, onions, asparagus, herb infused long grain rice, in a black bean sauce with crema, and Carnitas, made with caramelized orange, pickled jalapeño, tomatillo fresca, served with soft corn tortillas, guacamole and crema. A wonderful vegeatarian option which I’ll have to try on my next visit, is the Relleno Poblano, a chile stuffed with eggplant, mushrooms, spinach, pinenuts, raisins, goat cheese, topped with a ranchera, cilantro poblano cream sauce.
The fajitas, with your choice of prime all natural tenderloin steak, jidori chicken breast or jumbo shrimp, are also fantastic. Served in a hot cast iron skillet, they are served with warm tortillas, sautéed poblano red onion, tomatoes, salsa de mesa, crema, guacamole, and house rice and beans, of course. But don’t expect to see the Americanized version of refried beans with yellow cheese on top…here you’re served healthier house black beans.
The dessert options are just as good, so make sure to save some room. I tried the yummy churros, served with chocolate and cajeta (caramel) dipping sauce, which were delicious. The Decadence Cake, flourless chocolate cake with ancho chile, cayenne pepper and vanilla bean gelato is also a fantastic choice.
Tortilla Republic offers some great deals, which is especially helpful now around the holidays. They offer a two-course prix fixe menu for only $24, which includes an appetizer and an entrée, and if you want to add dessert, it’s just $29. They also offer happy hour Tuesday through Sunday from 4 to 7 pm, offering small plates for $2-6, such as Jalapeño Croquetas, which sound divine, with charred jalapeños folded with potatoes and goat cheese, flash fried and topped with cilantro crema, Carnitas Tacos with crispy pork, caramelized orange, pickled jalapeño, tomatillo fresco and fresh guacamole, and Quesadilla BBQ Chicken with pulled chicken breast, roasted corn, papaya BBQ sauce and cilantro crema. They also offer specially priced housemade margaritas, Mexican beers and Spanish wines.
Tortilla Republic also offers Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10 am until 3 pm with bottomless mimosas. And Sunday is Funday from 4-10 pm with live djs!
Tortilla Republic is open for lunch Tuesday to Friday from 1130 am until 4 pm, and dinner from 5-11 pm Friday and Saturday…until 10 pm other days. It is located at 616 N. Robertson Blvd. For more information or reservations, call 310-657-9888 or visit their website at www.tortillarepublic.com. You can also find them on facebook.