Gigi’s House Bistro
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!
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.
House Salad: Nice and light.
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!
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!
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!)
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!