Gigi’s House Bistro

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I’ve always been a foodie and therefore, naturally I appreciate good food. Not sure why – wink wink – but people are always asking me for my restaurant suggestions, so I am starting to add restaurant reviews to the blog. Up first is Gigi’s House Bistro located in Youngsville, North Carolina, my sweet little town boasting a whopping two stoplights. Yes, I know I live in Mayberry – thank goodness for wi-fi!

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No seriously, I love my little town and was so HAPPY when a little slice of European goodness came and opened up shop. Stephan, the owner, host with the most and chef, is a Frenchman who has an amazing flair for food & cooking! His food is fresh & creative.

Onto the dinner. Hubs & I started off with a lovely Sangria. It was light & refreshing and was the perfect beginning to the meal. Then it was time for the appetizer.

Appetizer: Asparagus Bundle – Asparagus rolled in Prosciutto, topped with a fresh slice of mozzarella & sun dried tomatoes. Baked in the oven. < This was delicious. The Prosciutto was slightly salty which melded well with the melted, oozing mozzarella & the sun dried tomatoes which were drizzled slightly with olive oil > My only modification would be that I would have liked to have the asparagus slightly more firm. Mind you it was still delicious and there weren’t any leftovers. We even used the bread to sop up the remaining sun dried tomatoes.

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House Salad: Nice and light.

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Entrée: Gambas Lobster Bisque – Prawns baked in Lobster bisque with whiskey flambeed shallots. < Very nice presentation. There were ample prawns (which I note because sometimes a restaurant will leave you asking where the rest of your portion is). They were beautifully butterflied & were covered in what I believe is the star of the dish — the sauce! The sauce was divine. The shallots lent a nice touch to the bisque & there was just a hint of the whiskey shining through. No sauce left again here. It was cleaned up by the bread!

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Entrée: Scallops from the Island – Scallops baked in coconut milk finished with hot pepper and soy. < Again a nice portion of scallops covered in an amazing sauce. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the coconut milk sauce – as I’m not a coconut fan – but I kept an open mind & was glad I did. The sauce was another winner!

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Dessert: Lemony Goodness (well that’s not technically the name. Stephan mentioned it, but it was in French & well, suffice it to say, that although I speak Italian, I don’t speak French – just know that it was insanely delicious!)

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All together a very nice evening out! The dishes were very reasonably priced & worth a trip to the restaurant to discover on your own. If you’re in the North Raleigh, Wake Forest, Youngsville area I really hope that you’ll give Gigi’s Bistro House a try! It’s a quaint little restaurant oozing in charm and overflowing with deliciousness.

So pull up a chair…It’s simply delicious without being pretentious!

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18 Comments

  1. 1

    Gorgeous dinner! Glad you guys had a nice time. I need a date night, too!

  2. 2

    How fun!! i love little places like that…and I desperately need a date night too!!! Especially one where I actually DONT cook :)

  3. 3

    Lovely photos! You certainly did this place justice :)

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    wendy smith /

    Thanks for this, I didn’t realalize this was a little Bistro and just 5 minutes down the road, wow, I can not wait, and all the food looks amazing!! We will be going really soon!!

  5. 5

    Ohhh! Next time I’m in the Raleigh area (I get there once or twice a year), I’ll have to check this place out! Although I don’t know which Chapel Hill eatery I’ll cut out to be able to fit it in… ;-)

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    Jennifer /

    Oh my goodness. Who knew you could get a meal like this in our little town?! I be going for sure!

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    Alda /

    I have had lunch here which was wonderful, now must try dinner…

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    Hal Jones /

    Site and articles just keep getting better!! I agree…the food there is great!! HJ

  9. 9

    Great meal and reviewed. Loved the lobster dish and lemon dish. Keep it up.

  10. 10

    That place looks woderful. I love the small independent! We can do away with chains! My uncle lives in Concord, NC where an exquisite Italian restaurant just opened.

  11. 11

    espérons gouter bientôt ces spécialités félicitations papa & maman

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    Woody /

    I moved here from South Beach several years ago to escape the insanity, but I did miss the food… until Stephan opened his bistro. What an absolute delight to have this within walking distance of my house. Fun to surprise friends when I take them there too.

    This place is must-visit for lunch or dinner. If it were on Fayetteville Street there would be a line around the corner… it’s THAT good.

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    Wife(Lisa) and I have lived in Yville or WF for 31 years. Between Tracy & Janet’s Tarheel Wine Traders and Stephan’s Gigi’s we can now stay out past 7 PM in Youngsville.
    Didn’t eat at Gigi’s till he opened for dinner. Stephan has become a friend. I have eaten food and combinations of food there I never would have tried before. I have learned to believe him when he says try it.
    There is nothing I have not loved. He does this with 2 burners and 2 convection ovens. Amazing!

  14. 14

    Great to read your review of Gigi’s. We have heard a lot about this place from friends and will be trying it out for the first time next week.
    Thank you,
    CCR =:~)

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    Ursula and David Harscheid /

    We discovered Gigi’s a couple of years ago when travelling from VA to NC – it is the best discovery we made – the best food for miles around. We’ve seen the transition from carry-out/shop to this new wonderful little gem of a restaurant. Whenever we go through Youngsville we stop in to visit Stephan ..can’t wait to move to NC permanently in a couple of years and look forward to more regular visits to Gigi’s.

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    Helen Zahuranec /

    We have wandered into Gigis one evening this past summer and have not stopped talking about it since! What a fabulous meal! Can’t wait to go back!

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    I’m so glad to find your site and get to chime in on my favorite restaurant.

    Love, love, love this place. We’ve eaten wonderful food in wonderful restaurants in wonderful cities (and not wonderful cities). Gigi’s would not be out of place in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., or Philadelphia. And it’s in Youngsville. That still blows my mind.

    MY favorites are the warm goat cheese salad, pate, Neptune Special pizza (right now–I change my mind about which pizza is his BEST one), and creme brulee. And chocolate hazelnut ganache.

    The person who said there’d be lines around the block anywhere else was right.

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    Paula, you aught to bring your camera again–it’s even prettier now.
    Stephan has been having fun.

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