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About Permanently Closed - Ginger 108
This restaurant is permanently closed. Southern Cuisine with a Touch of Asia
Ginger 108 is an eclectic Southern Grill that infuses flavor from two contrasting cultures, the East and West. This collision of ingredients provide Chef Khymi and her team a palate for innovative dishes that are prepared with a Southern flair while leaving a contemporary choice for global ingredients. The menu is comprehensive and alluring. Dishes are authentic and bold. Ginger 108 delivers an elegant, yet fun, informal dining experience. Its sleek modern décor, large glass windows and bamboo accents provide an unmatched atmosphere that parallels its gourmet cuisine. Specialty drinks accentuate the variation of ingredients used in many of the dishes. Everything is thoughtfully prepared from scratch keeping true to its roots using the most natural, organic and sustainable ingredients available.Ginger 108 is one of Kinston’s newest restaurants and is part of the revitalization of the City center and the Arts and Cultural District.
Kinston, NC 28501
Contemporary Asian, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary Southern
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is plenty of parking on the street as well as public parking lot behind Mother Earth Brewing and down on Gordon Street.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Ginger 108 - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
The food was very good, but the wait time from ordering drinks or dinner took a very, very long time. Waitress was excellent, just should have visited the table more. Lack of attentiveness. hostess was cold and not very friendly.
The problem I have always found with this restaurant is that the service is either very slow, or untrained. They also need to know what alchol they serve, and I mean the names of the brands.
They also, on a Thursday night, ran out of scallops and coffee. There are grocery stores in the same town and they could have run out for coffee. No excuse for that one.
The food was good. Unusual combinations and a true local crowd. That should be corrected w/ advertising and word of mouth.
Food was very good, but not outstanding - portions OK. The Miso soup was excellent. We came at an early time on a Saturday night and still felt rushed - several courses at the same time.
Sushi was very good, but again, not outstanding. Also felt prices were too high.
This is not our first time eating at Ginger 108. In the past, the menu has been more varied and extensive. This time, it was limited...specifically the small plates. There were no specials that night and there was a large group (NC Governors) that took up the restaurant side. We were surprised to be seated in the bar area with low upholstered chairs around a coffee table. Very difficult to eat dinner from that position (having a drink there is fine). Sadly, Open Table does not share the seating adjustments being made for a large group.
The service was great! No complaints there. However, we ordered a bottle of wine that was no longer available. Why is it on the drink menu?
The food was good but over priced. Sushi was no better than other places yet twice the price. The restaurant was too loud and the waiter must have been new. He did not know the ingredients of the dishes, could not describe them, demonstrated an overall lack of understanding of the menu. He also did not know about the bar and over charged us on a drink due to his confusion. The issue was quickly fixed. Overall we would not return because the food was over priced. The tuna tartare was good and priced right.
This is a go to restaurant for my family and I. We love the music, the food and the staff! Definitely one of the only "chic" places in Kinston. The bill rises sharply with too many bar drinks (like most places) :) Otherwise very reasonable, comparable to places in the "big cities". If you want your meal to go slowly, let the staff know; they are very accommodating. Any problems...just let them know...and they'll make it right :)
Tried this restaurant for the first time about a year ago and it was amazing. This was my third time visiting. The food was just ok this time. I got the steak and my wife got the lamb chops. Mine was over cooked. Hers was both over and under cooked. The sushi which was delicious both times previous tasted like the skin had not been removed on a few pieces. Overall just not as good as before.
From the host and hostess, who greeted us by throwing open the front door of Ginger 108, to the busboy and all of the servers and sushi chefs, the entire Ginger staff treated us like long-lost family--amazed to see southern Californians in their little home town of Kinston, NC. The decor may seem a bit Spartan at first, but the warmth of everyone's friendliness and the generous space afforded each table soon reveal it's really just a nice way to give patrons privacy in a large spacious place. The food was innovative, fresh, and prepared to perfection. Regional classics, like shrimp and grits, were transformed into something special, while a king crab roll revealed attention to detail and concern for presentation of ingredients not normally found here. What began as an ordinary dinner on the road for business, became an experience worthy of a culinary destination to be sought out on its own.
Unfortunately we had a unpleasant experience there for our first time. The bartender was also our waitress and she tried to juggle both jobs. It wasn't her fault, she did the best she could. Because of that the food was cold when we got it and we didn't want to say anything because our waitress was already going as fast as she could. The owner definetely needs to hire more people there. The drinks were expensive and our food was cold so we won't be back. Sorry!
This was our third or fourth time at Ginger 108. The first couple of times it was great, but the last time we went we were disappointed and decided not to return. Recently friends from out of town wanted to try it, so we decided to give it another try. Our waiter was personable and efficient, but lacked knowledge of the menu. Rather than find out the answers to our questions, he just made things up. Our group ordered three bottles of wine, which were brought to the table already opened; they were also poured without giving us the opportunity to taste the wine.
Three of us ordered the pan-seared scallops. The scallops arrived perfectly cooked, and with a nice sauce. Unfortunately, the accompanying vegetables were so over-salted as to render them inedible, and it didn't take long for the saltiness to permeate the sauce as well. One diner described her sushi as "mushy".
We all agreed that we won't return.
Great meal all around. Updated menu is excellent. Small plates are shareable generous portions and very flavorful. The Yellowfin tartar is an exceptional value. Large plates include a diverse selection of high quality entree choices. There is something for everyone; from a hearty Rib eye steak or rack of lamb to Asian bowls, scallops or shrimp and grits. Full bar and a great value wine list round out the experience.
Interesting small and large plate menu with nice presentation. Service was slow, brought plates out one at time with noticeable delays between each. One party member had sushi that was delivered to table when other diners were nearly finished. Ordered sampler desert for table and server didn't bring plates until asked.
Our group of 12 met again at Ginger 108 for our annual Christmas party. The food was great. We had a variety of different things including sushi and desserts. I had the grilled tuna salad which was cooked perfect. Everyone has a wonderful time and the service was excellent.
The entree was wonderful as expected. The dessert was absolutely fabulous. The creamiest cheesecake topped with apples and cinnamon. I am not a fan of dessert usually. My husband ordered it and my "taste" turned into several bites. Told the bartender I would like to order that cheesecake and a brandy alexander and skip the meal since that is the only way I can eat a whole piece. Looking forward to the future.
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