The story of Braai Republic starts in 2006 when two mates playing rugby in Seoul started making biltong and boerewors. From boerewors rolls next to the rugby field, they moved on to food festivals and online sales, and in 2011 Roddy Bancroft and Chris Truter opened the first Braai Republic in Itaewon, just in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup!
The lamb chops, hand-made sausages and meat pies proved very popular with ex-pats and Koreans alike, and in 2015, Braai Republic opened a branch in Pyeongtaek with an expanded menu. Enter peri-peri chicken and Gatsby sandwiches!
In between there was of course some time left for fun: Braai Republic sponsored a cricket team for a season, the Braai Brasse! We didn’t win many games, but we did meet an all-rounder called Cuyler Meyer who seemed pretty handy with a pair of tongs at the post-game braais. After spending his mandatory 6 months in the kitchens of Itaewon and Pyeongtaek, he became our CFO and resident-millennial.
At the end of 2018, Kim Dae-myung, our head chef from 2012 to 2015, completed his 3 years of culinary studies at Silwood College in Cape Town and returned home to Braai Republic. He was bursting with ideas, and in April 2019 we opened Pie Republic in Hongdae. That’s our journey so far – watch this space for where we go next!