Popular Ship Restaurant Publishes Famous Recipes in Cookbook

Sep 15, 2016 | By Zulay Regalado

Pubbelly Restaurant Group's Food Republic, an eatery available on Miami-based Norwegian Escape, is a testament to the ship's dedication to satisfying foodies on board.

A cozy, yet upscale venue featuring global cuisine and a modern sharing concept, Food Republic's first at-sea experience is nothing short of a culinary paradise. And on September 12th, Norwegian Cruise Line and Pubbelly Restaurant Group's resident food guru, Chef Jose Mendin, published 30 of the group's most prized recipes in a digital cookbook titled Food Republic by Jose Mendin. We visited Escape to sample some of the book's most creative recipes and celebrate the group's transition from table to tablet.

The Food Republic e-cookbook pays homage to Chef Jose Mendin's traditional Puerto Rican cuisine style, while weaving some Spanish, Asian, European and American influence into his signature tantalizing dishes. The concept creatively merges flavors from all over the world, delivering a universal flair right to your own kitchen. And best of all, the receipes are designed to bring people together over the love of delicious food, regardless of cooking expertise.

"I want my food to act as an instrument to embrace social interaction and not compromise the cherished time we get to spend with our loved ones", says Chef Mendin. "As such, the recipes I’ve created foster this mantra – they are quick, easy and encourage conversation.”

Here's a peek at some of the delicious dishes we sampled (which are also featured in the cookbook).


Chef Jose Mendin starts off by whipping up some delicious food for us to try. First up, Ahi Tuna Tataki:


Credit: Ashley Davis


Then we moved on to the Duck and Pumpkin Dim Sum:


Credit: Ashley Davis


Beef Anticuchos (left), Butter Crab Roll with Truffle (right):


Credit: Ashley Davis


And, finally, dessert. Meet the Coco Loco: coconut sorbet, coconut mousse, compressed pineapple, white chocolate brownie and roasted coconut. (*swoon*):


Credit: Ashley Davis


Food Republic is available for download for $1.99 via the Colors and Flavors app. And if you're ever on board Norwegian Escape and happen to walk past this sign, stop in to try one of the dishes above (they're all available on the menu) and know that your taste buds have made it home.


Credit: Ashley Davis

Want to learn more about Food Republic by Pubbelly on board Norwegian Escape? Here's a little peek at the brains who brought this delicious experience to life:








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