Bin 54 was booked the entire week for Restaurant Week in the Triangle, EXCEPT for a 9:30pm slot in the middle of the week. They close at 10pm. I don’t normally like to eat late, especially not big meals, but I really wanted to take advantage of Restaurant Week and try out this steakhouse. Several restaurants participate in Restaurant Week, and Restaurant Week happens in other states/cities in the country as well. Each restaurant has a prix fixe menu that offers several dishes for a set price. In the Triangle, most restaurants offered a choice of one appetizer, one entree, and one dessert for $20 lunch or $30 dinner. Restaurant Week provides an especially fantastic deal for trying expensive restaurants that usually depict several dollar signs on Yelp ($$$$). You’ll really get the most bang for your buck at steakhouses, where tiny quantities of meat cost an exorbitant amount!
Upon arrival at Bin 54, one of our group members realized that she had accidentally RSVP’d for the wrong day. We were supposed to dine there the following day. Luckily, the staff was still able to accommodate us, but there was a big fuss about seating. Initially, one of the staff members said he would seat us at the bar until a table became ready, then he would move us to a table. Wonderful. However, a different staff member then said this would not be possible and we would have to stay at the bar, something about not being able to change our seating in the computer system because the system recognized that they were near closing time (absolutely ridiculous – just move us without changing it in the system then!). For a party of 6, it’s tough to have a decent conversation and be able to hear everyone at the bar. It’s just awkward.
We eventually moved to a table – thank goodness! We started off with complimentary sourdough bread, which is individually served by the staff, rather than provided in a basket at each table. The bread wasn’t warm or soft, and you can’t taste much of the whipping cream/butter either because it’s whipped to be so light. Oh well, these weren’t the reason for my visit anyway.
[complimentary sourdough bread]
For my appetizer, I went with Lobster Bisque. It’s not nearly as creamy as I expected, and swirling the clump of Greek yogurt didn’t make much of a difference. You can definitely taste the lobster, but overall, I didn’t like the bisque (and I usually like bisque!). I was disappointed and would not order this again. Also, it comes in a large bowl, but don’t be fooled – it’s a very shallow bowl. It’s a classy restaurant, what did you expect??!
Next up, Petite Filet Mignon! Paired this with Béarnaise Sauce, which is egg-based, and Yukon Gold Potato Puree. The Sautéed Spinach tastes like your typical spinach with minced garlic, but it should be considered if you want something less filling than the mashed potatoes. The nice thing about dining as a group is being able to sample multiple items! Thus, I also had the chance to sample horseradish, red wine demi glace (love the sweetness, as well as the shallots component!), and chimichurri (not listed on the menu). All the sauces were great, and my group even discovered that chimichurri mixes well with horseradish. I especially love the cute sauce boats and mini bowls with lids for the sides!
[Yukon Gold Potato Puree]
As the name suggests, Petite Filet Mignon consists of a VERY small amount of meat. I wanted more than 3 pieces. It looks especially TINY because the plate is so large. Don’t get me wrong, the filet mignon is amazingly tender and full of flavor! But if I didn’t have other dishes in addition to this one, I would leave the restaurant feeling almost as hungry as I felt when I first walked in! At least present it on a smaller plate so it doesn’t look as bad! This is definitely not enough to be a meal on its own. Skip petite, give me regular (at minimum)!
[Petite Filet Mignon]
Finally, dessert! The Crème Brûlée is absolutely amazing! It comes in a ramekin that’s shallow but wide in diameter. The top is perfectly crisp and the inside is creamy, a nice balance. I anticipated that the Chocolate Angel Food Cake would be dry and airy, but it’s actually deliciously moist and denser (but still spongey) than the average angel food cake. My friends say the cherries are strongly alcoholic though!
[Chocolate Angel Food Cake]
Restaurant Week $30 Prix Fixe Menu
(additional 20% gratuity for parties of 6 or more)
- Spinach Salad
candied pistachios / bacon / granny smith apple / red onion / warm balsamic vinaigrette / local goat cheese
- Wedge Salad
carrot / green onion / bacon / cherry tomato / roasted garlic ranch dressing
- Lobster Bisque
Greek yogurt / chives
- Petite Filet Mignon
- Faroe Islands Salmon
- Local Cheshire Bone-in Pork Chop
Sweet tea brine
- Wild Mushroom Gnocchi
shaved parmesan, marsala-truffle jus
Choice of Side – Yukon Gold Potato Puree or Sautéed Spinach
Choice of Sauce – au poivre vert, béarnaise, beurre blanc, blue cheese butter, dried cherry, horseradish, red wine demi glace, shallot sauce
- Crème Brûlée
cinnamon / vanilla / turbinado sugar
- Chocolate Angel Food Cake
chocolate fudge sauce / brandy cherries