About Ginger 108
Kinston, NC 28501
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.
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 Ratings and Reviews
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.
Birthday dinner for wife. Just two of us. Overall a very positive experience. Had a table near the bar. Couple of men at bar talked so loud that every table could hear them. Dinner selections excellent. I had scallops, wife had crab cakes. Both were good but scallop dish was far superior. After dinner we were not sure why we had been much more frequent diners at C and F. We will be back at Ginger 108 and soon. There were many menu options we want to try. Not so at the upscale place. Seems like they are more interested in impressing customers with the names of the entrees than with their taste and never are there numerous entrees that made our choice difficult. Waitress was very helpful and responsive. Another good thing is that the noise level was not overbearing.
We came celebrating one dear to us. Everyone ordered something different so we had a great menu tasting! My second visit but was sure I wanted to bringy foodies to your place. We all loved it. Even the picky kid enjoyed theac n cheese. Thanks to our waitress for helping us celebrate even with a teething one year old.
I ordered the shrimp and grits (SnG), and I was surprised at the size of the meal in relation to the price and taste. I always order shrimp and grits every time it is available at any restaurant we try for the first time so I'm very particular with SnG. Sadly, I will not order that meal again as I was little disappointed with it. But I digress, besides my gripe about the SnG, my wife and I were pleased with our dining experience.
Looking forward to eating there because we were told this was a previous chef from the Chef & the Farmer. No complaints with the quality of service we received. But the flavor of the entrees was lacking and the fingerling potatoes in my husband's entrée were actually cold. We live in Raleigh but were raised in Eastern NC, thrilled to have quality restaurants in this area but more work needed on this one.
Ginger 108 is a fantastic blend of Japanese/American dishes. The service was amazing, as was the food! My husband and I ordered the shrimp sliders & wontons for an appetizer and both were delicious. For dinner we shared a few of their sushi rolls and couldn't have been happier with them. It was the first sushi my husband actually tried and liked. We've been back since then and all the food we've gotten has been amazing! Definitely a hidden gem in Kinston!
Seven of us ate and had cocktails. The specialty drink was especially good- got the blueberry marqarita with basil and it was very good. We had a combination of various "small plates" and various "large plates. Every single dish was good from the sushi to the steak skewers and the scallops were the best I've had in a long time. My only complaint would be some of the dishes were not hot when we got them but they were still excellent. This is not a quick in-and-out restaurant but a leisurely dining experience. The new Japanese lounge with the Sushi bar is very unique and restful. I'd recommend it for after work socials, intimate dinners, or group dinners. I will definitely go again.
The food was outstanding. Everyone at our table got a different entree. Each one was beautifully presented with excellent flavor and food parings. Considering they didn't seem busy, we waited a very long time for our food so I wouldn't expect to dash in here and grab a bite. Plan to take your time and enjoy the company of your dining partners. I considered Ginger 108 a "plan b" because we couldn't get in the Chef and Farmer but it was equally as good with larger portions. As a result, Ginger 108 will probably be "plan a" going forward.
Great atmosphere and ambience, a rare find in most small town restaurants. The recent Friday evening visit found the restaurant understaffed, but overall, the experience was notable. The noodles with shrimp dish was excellently prepared. I also enjoyed the side order of macaroni and cheese. Lots of young aduts entered for dinner while I was there.
We came to Kinston, NC from Dallas, TX to visit the very popular PBS "a Chef's Life" restaurant of A Chef and A Farmer, which we have already reviewed! We were staying two nights and our hotel recommended Ginger 108 for the second evening. It was wonderful! I would call it upscale, creative Asian! The Shrimp Sliders was one of the best ever and my entrée was a great Seared Diver Scallops with ginger squash and mushrooms! My husband's pork chop was equally delicious! Their food was a really great blend of wonderful dishes with an Asian twist. The service and ambiance were wonderful and don't forget the dessert! We highly recommended Ginger 108!
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