Dai Nguyen, owner of Eighty8 Asian Bistro in Cary, has already made a name for himself in North Carolina with over a decade experience under his belt. His previous restaurant, Wasabi 88 in Greenville, was the only Asian restaurant featured in Our State Magazine’s 100 Foods You Must Eat in 100 Counties. In 2016, Nguyen decided to move to Cary, NC to be closer to his family and start from scratch yet again on a fresh new concept. He’s excited to bring his unique Asian flavors to the Triangle, as the area is more diverse and there are more people willing to try new things.
Eighty8 Asian Bistro is already making a name for itself amongst Triangle foodies and those who like to experiment with Asian dishes and sushi. The restaurant opened a little over a year ago and is constantly offering something new and exciting. It’s Bulgogi Cheesesteak Egg Rolls won multiple awards at Morrisville’s East Meets West Festival. Nguyen’s Asian Redneck BBQ also placed in the top 10 at last year’s Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival.
Nguyen says that people just don’t think of coming to an Asian place for a steak and burger, but theirs has won awards and gotten raving reviews. The chef/owner operated Wasabi 88 in Greenville for 9 years and then made a family decision to relocate back to the Triangle where he grew up (Durham) so that his kids can be closer to family. Nguyen mentions that starting back from scratch here in Cary during the past two years has been very humbling.
” We try to be creative with our dishes here at Eighty8 and most of the dishes offered I feel reflect my experience of growing up in America. I came to the US in 1984 and was raised in a traditional Asian household. My parents didn’t venture out much when we would go out to eat, but when I went out I loved the different cultures and flavors… Our type of cuisine served in the restaurant is Asian fusion not in a sense that we Americanized our food but we actually try to incorporate other cultural dishes and put an Asian twist to it. Hence the shrimp n congee or our sushi burrito and our award winning bulgogi cheesesteak egg rolls. We believe that one single dish describes our concept fusing various cultures in one dish.
– Dai Nguyen, Chef/Owner
Food & Drinks
Eighty8 Asian Bistro’s menu includes traditional dishes such as Mongolian Beef and Hibachi-style dishes, alongside creative Asian fusion dishes such as Shrimp’n Congee, which is Nguyen’s take on Shrimp’n Grits. It includes sauteed shrimp, bell peppers, mushroom, bacon, and Chinese BBQ over rice porridge.
You can also enjoy traditional sushi rolls, alongside unique offerings such as the Sushi Donut, which is tuna, salmon, escalar, avocado, kani, sesame see, over sushi rice and filled with house guacamole. Its most popular roll is the Junk in the Trunk, which is spicy tuna, with avocado, and served with three house-made sauces.
Even the cocktails have an Asian flair – you definitely need to try the Berry Sake Margarita! Fortunately, Eighty8 offers drink specials every night, so you have plenty of opportunities to give them all a try.
Eighty8 Asian Bistro has a modern, upscale feel. It’s spacious with warm lighting. There’s also a patio if you want to enjoy the weather while dining on fine Asian cuisine! It’s great for a date night OR an after-work get together with friends/colleagues.
Looking for a unique venue for a party? Eighty8 Asian Bistro is available for private events too. The bar area is also spacious and modern-looking, but Nguyen has plans to convert it into a sleek lounge scene with tapas offerings. We can’t wait to see it unveiled!
Events Coming Soon at Eighty8 Bistro
Keep an eye on Eighty8 Asian Bistro’s website and Facebook page for upcoming events! On Mother’s Day, it will open for brunch at 11am. All moms get flowers and free dessert! On June 2nd, Nguyen will host a sushi roll class. Call the restaurant directly at 919-377-0152 for all the details. Also upcoming are wine/sake pairings and live music..
We definitely recommend checking out the unique Asian fusion menu at Eighty8 Asian Bistro. Nguyen had a loyal following in Greenville. In fact, some of his past customers make special trips out to Cary just to go to Eighty8 Asian Bistro! Their loss is the Triangle’s gain – we are so fortunate to have yet another amazing restaurant that is innovative all-around and not afraid to try new things!
So what are some of your favorite items on the Eighty8 Asian Bistro’s fusion menu? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at FB.com/919Blog and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.
This post was created in collaboration with the Cary Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN