A hotel isn’t normally a place you would think of for a great restaurant, but quite a few Triangle hotels are changing the game for hotel dining. One of those is 41Hundred, a new restaurant that opened July 25th in the Renaissance North Hills Hotel. The previous Flights space has been completely renovated to create a casual, inviting space where both hotel visitors and Raleigh natives alike can enjoy themselves. The bar itself feels high-end yet casual with a hand painted mural and tons of beverage offerings, as well a variety of food offerings. The lounge space upstairs is also a beautiful spot to sit and relax, or to hold a meeting with a small group of employees. The green space, comfy décor, and giant projector TV make for a great multi-use space.
I was lucky enough to be able to visit 41Hundred and try their Shareable Plate offerings last week. We started with the Roasted Cauliflower & Artichokes ($10), which was served with Baba ganoush, olives, harissa, and pita bread. I’m a huge cauliflower lover, so I was excited to see the roasted cauliflower on the menu. And it did not disappoint. My favorite part of this dip was the Baba ganoush, which tasted fresh and flavorful, and was the perfect snack.
Next we got the Tuna Poke Bowl ($14). I know poke bowls are a big trend at the moment, but I actually hadn’t personally tried one until now. The bowl was full of tuna, avocado, sesame, and veggies and served with a side of plantain chips. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this dish. It was so refreshing, and the serving it with plantain chips gave it a nice crunch that I appreciated. Next we moved on to the Halloumi ($10), which was one of my favorites. This dish consisted of fried Halloumi cheese served with fig, almond, and heirloom tomato. I must say, I’m a sucker for fried cheese, so this dish was everything I love. The cheese was nice and crispy, but not burnt, and the addition of the fig, tomato, and almonds added a complexity to the dish that most fried cheese dishes don’t have.
Next we moved on to the Korean BBQ Wings ($12), which were also in the running for my favorite dish of the day. They tasted like real Korean BBQ wings, not knock off wanna-be’s. The wings had just a hint of spice and were nice and crunchy on the outside. It is always disappointing when you bite into wings expecting that satisfying crunch, only to find soggy breading instead, so I was very excited that these wings delivered on the crunch. We also tried the Nachos ($12), which were served with salsa roja chicken, queso fresco, cilantro, and lime. The tortilla chips are also made fresh from El Toro, which is another one of my favorite spots. The nachos felt nice and fresh, and again like the perfect snack to share with your friends.
The next dish is the main contender for favorite of the day: Oxtail Poutine ($13). The dish consists of fries with oxtail gravy, cheese curds, and green onions. Now a little back story here – I visited Canada last year and since then have been in search of good poutine in the Triangle, but have only been disappointed in my search. I think the reason this dish was my favorite is not only because it was so delicious, but also because I feel like I’ve finally found a good poutine spot! Our final shareable plate was the Steak Tacos ($10), which included three Asian inspired steak tacos with Asian spouts, radish, garlic, and soy. I definitely could’ve eaten the tacos as a meal and would suggest them to any taco lovers out there.
To round out our meal, we tried the Chef’s Hot Cheesecake ($8). Now hot cheesecake might sound strange, but I assure you it was delicious. The previous head chef at Flights created this Hot Cheesecake and never told anyone the recipe, or even wrote it down, until he was ready to hand over the torch to Chef Dean Thompson, who also has never told anyone the recipe or written it down. The result of this secret recipe is sort of like a cheesecake soufflé. It has the traditional graham cracker crust (my personal favorite part), warm cheesecake, which is a little lighter and fluffier than your average cheesecake, and finally a cloud-like soufflé on top. If you’re a dessert lover, this is definitely one dessert worth checking out.
Overall the shareable plates at 41Hundred did not disappoint. The menu offers a lot of variety, and certainly a lot of flavor. This is the perfect spot to come share a drink and some snacks with your friends after a long day at work. Also be on the lookout in the future for live music and other entertainment coming to 41Hundred.
Note: From time to time we’re invited out to try a restaurant or to try certain products. This meal or items are usually comped, as these was. We’re under no obligation to write a positive review or any review at all when we’re invited out to try a place. Every review you see on our site will be an honest review of the place whether or not the restaurant provided us with the meal at their cost.
Melissa Guido is currently a dietetic intern in the Triangle area. She studied nutrition at NC State and Meredith College. Her favorite part about nutrition is showing people that healthy food can be exciting and delicious. Melissa loves traveling and learning about how food fits into different cultures. In her free time she loves trying new restaurants, cooking, and obsessing over her dogs. Follow her on Instagram @made2order and at www.madeorder.wordpress.com.