When G.58 Cuisine opened about six months ago, I made a mental note to check out the first fine dining Chinese restaurant in the Research Triangle area. I think the Universe heard me and thought I was taking too long to make that happen because G.58 reached out to me and invited me over for a feast of a meal. Many thanks to G.58 for hosting me!
I brought along my friend Danae for a Galentine’s Day early lunch date. Upon walking in, we were already impressed by their elegant interior design. The owner Julia and manager Penny Lane gave us a private tour of their beautiful space. I’ll show you one of their two VIP rooms later in this post!
Let’s first go over their meticulously presented and curated menu. Julia brought over her five chefs from China, and they are all highly trained. She mentioned they were all from different regions of China and had different specialties.
Personally, with the recent loss of my dad, I find I get easily overwhelmed making simple decisions these days so I gave over the reins of ordering to Penny Lane. She designed a meal from their dinner menu and I’m so thankful for her selection. It was an amazing tasting! I definitely suggest you eat family-style when you come to G.58 to get the maximum benefit of your visit.
and Korean Cabbage spring rolls
served with plum sauce; 2 for $5 / 5 for $10
Honey-sweetened lotus root stuffed
with sticky rice and sweet-olive flower fragrance; $9
Julia explained to us sweet rice stuffed into lotus root is a traditional dish in China. I’ve never eaten anything like this before. It had a soft texture that reminded me of the texture of a boiled potato and the sweetness was mild. Lotus root is often eaten during the Chinese New Year as it symbolizes abundance.
A tip for your visit: You can get three starters from a choice of five as a sampler platter for $15. Both the Crispy Salmon Fillets and the Lotus were on that list of five options.
Meatball Soup; Jumbo Pork
meatball with savory clear broth; $14
That pork meatball was so delicate and tender in the Braised Shizitou Meatball soup. There were bits of water chestnuts in the meatball. One of my favorite eating experiences is when you eat something you typically would not like and you find yourself liking it! This was true for my friend Danae who normally does not like a water chestnut. The bits of water chestnut in the meatball was finely diced and complemented the tender pork that it did not bother her. I learned that it takes two days to prepare these meatballs and two hours to steam!
asparagus, and chopped carrots; $14
fried red peppers and peanuts; $16
and vegetables in garlic sauce, $36
eight-ounce fillet pan-seared
Chilean Sea Bass with brandy sauce,
served over scallion noodles; $42
lightly breaded and deep fried,
served over a bed of seasoned breadcrumbs; $48
Then just when we thought we couldn’t eat another bite, dessert was sent out. The sweet yams with berry and orange jam glaze were light. We loved how mild in sweetness the yams were and the glazes were perfect toppings. We were also treated to a pumpkin and coconut custard. It was a unique flavor and texture combination.
I am taking note of venues in the area that have private dining options, and G.58 cuisine has two private VIP rooms that can be turned into one grand room. Each accommodates up to fourteen diners and together they can accommodate up to twenty-eight.
Overall, I’m impressed by G.58 Cuisine and have not come across a Chinese restaurant that is as elegant as them. The ambiance was luxurious without feeling stuffy. The vibe reminded me of the zen-like atmosphere most spas try to achieve. Except instead of massages of the body, it’s a pampering for tastebuds and sight. Ha! It achieves both an authentic take on Chinese food as well as a meticulous and creative presentation. And to do all these things and still have an approachable menu is worth commending!
So tell me, friends. When was the last time you treated yourself to a fine dining experience? Where did you go? Tell me in the comments!
10958 Chapel Hill Rd, Morrisville, NC 27560
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