G Rehoboth Shines from Dance Floor to Dining Room
Walking into G Rehoboth last Friday night was like walking onto hallowed ground. There was a ladies’ happy hour in full swing and it brought back memories of almost two decades of good times at Cloud 9 bar and restaurant, a previous inhabitant of the space.
Now, as G Rehoboth, the spot at 234 Rehoboth Avenue is poised to continue the good times. Happy hour rocked the beautifully decorated bar and dance floor, while the re-designed dining room beckoned us.
Bonnie and I enjoyed dinner there after happy hour, and I’m thrilled to report that the meal, service, and surroundings are top notch and a worthy, very competitive addition to downtown’s culinary club.
Ross Thompson, an area native, is the chef, an alum of Blackwall Hitch and DiFebo’s, and someone whose professional training and creativity were quite evident at our Friday night date night.
The meal began with a basket of flatbread and a delicious ramekin of English cheddar cheese with scallions and walnuts. “Don’t fill up!” we told each other.
We sampled three appetizers, starting with Cajun Chowder, a New Orleans-inspired soup with plentiful andouille sausage. It was properly seasoned and spicy but not so hot the delicious flavor got lost.
Next up was the Tuna Tartare, atop an avocado, seaweed, and edamame base, with pickled ginger and soy sauce. A popular appetizer from many kitchens these days, G’s tasty creation was more creative than most.
The menu offered a Sexy Salad, bringing together guacamole relish, fresh candy cane beets, radish slices, arugula, sesame seeds, and a surprising kick from jalapeno-garlic vinaigrette. Well done!
I chose the Fresh Catch entrée (grouper that day), with a fat (not fatty) portion of crispy-skinned fish accompanied by decadent house-made gnocchi. The fish was perfectly prepared. Bonnie had Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken, broccoli rabe, and roasted pepper and onions. Again, a wonderful dish and generous enough for half to be taken home for next-day lunch.
Having had a delightful dinner, we couldn’t imagine missing out on dessert, but we were sooooo sated. Never mind, we requested two spoons for the cheesecake topped with banana cream and roasted almonds. It was so heavenly we recommended it to three tables of diners on the way out.
Other entrees include braised short ribs with pasta and wild mushrooms, blackened salmon, steaks, crab cakes with a warm potato-bacon salad, and more. On the casual side there is the G Burger and the vegetarian Forbidden Rice with asparagus, sautéed spinach, and crispy, spicy chickpeas.
As for the price point, entrees range from the $15 burger, to the $23 prosciutto chicken, on up to $28 for the pork chop, $33-37 for steaks, and market price for fresh catch and crab—in the same ball park as many fine dining spots in town.
And of course, owner Karly Gamaitoni and General Manager David Wade have put together specials as well. Thursday is short rib night, Friday offers happy hour at the bar all night, Sunday you can get a BOGO half off entrees, and it’s always Margarita Monday.
As for my continued walk down memory lane, I’m glad we sat by the window, where we could watch action on the avenue and wave at our friends going by. Next time we’ll bring a gang to the round table up front—a place where I spent so much time in the mid-90s through 2012.
Check out G Rehoboth. Everything old is new again. ▼