Wu’s Cajun Seafood
116 N Main Street Greenville, SC 29601
Friday & Saturday: 11M – 3PM, 5-10PM
Perfect for: Date Night, New Flavors, Casual Drinks
Menu: Cajun and Asian fusion
Bar/Drinks: Wu’s offers signature cocktails, several types of sake, a large beer list, and wine list.
Parking: Parking on Main Street is usually competitive, but there are plenty of parking garages.
Good to Know: Don’t let “Cajun Asian fusion” turn you off, flavors mesh well; the casual atmosphere, there are plenty of small plates so sharing is an option.
Bathrooms: It’s a bathroom, what more do you expect?
I’ll be the first to admit, upon first hearing “Cajun Asian fusion,” I was slightly skeptical. I love Asian food, and I love Cajun food, but I was not entirely sure how well the two would mesh. That being said, I was eager to try the flavor combinations. So, I rounded up a coworker and made a lunch date. I am not too big to admit when I was wrong, and I can soundly say my skepticism was unfounded.
The first thing I noticed upon entering Wu’s were the alternating black and metallic silver alligator skulls adorning the walls. The rest of the décor is just as eye-catching. From New Orleans style paintings on the walls to the fiery red color of the walls, you can tell that you’re in for a treat. The hostess showed us to our table, which was covered in brown paper (a staple of any proper low-country boil). Another thing I quickly noticed was the bottle of Wu’s Signature Hot Sauce on the table. I am always down to try a new hot sauce, so I was excited to pour it on everything.
I am a Southerner through and through, so I have had alligator before and I LOVE it. However, my coworker had never had the opportunity to taste the armored reptile. That had to change immediately. To remedy this tragic predicament, we ordered the Alligator Boudin Balls as a starter. For those who aren’t familiar with boudin, it is essentially just another word for sausage. When the balls arrived, I was shocked at how big they were (some things just have to be said). The balls were fritter-esque, filled with boudin, rice, and tender alligator; they were served on tasso ham gravy with a garnish of hot red peppers.
The coating was crisp, but not overpowering, and the filling was scrumptious. The rice was cooked to perfection, and the meats harmonized. My coworker described it as, “a great combination of meat and seafood.” My one note is that the alligator wasn’t extremely prevalent, but that didn’t detract from the greatness of these balls.
Now that I am done talking about balls, I can move on to the main course. One of the things they offer at Wu’s is a Cajun spin on sushi. This was something we obviously had to try. I ordered the Togarashi Tuna Roll. This roll is comprised of seared sashimi tuna, jalapeno, carrot, goat cheese, and mayo. My coworker ordered the Cajun Fried Crab Roll, which contained Cajun seasoning, “money sauce,” spicy mayo, green onion, goat cheese, cilantro, and Fresno chili.
When the rolls were brought to the table, they looked like your typical, albeit gorgeous, sushi rolls. The flavor profiles, however, were completely unique. The tuna tasted fresh and paired amazingly with the goat cheese and carrot. I know, fish and cheese is usually a culinary no-no, but this works. The goat cheese acts much like the cream cheese found in some sushi rolls and makes the roll velvety smooth. The jalapeno added a slight amount of heat on the back of my palate, but was nowhere near overwhelming. My coworker let me try his Cajun Fried Crab Roll, and I know what I will order next time. The fry on the roll was light and added a phenomenal crunch. I also loved the Cajun seasoning used on the roll.
In all, Wu’s Cajun Seafood was an intriguing dining experience. It can satisfy fans of Asian and southern food. The next time I want to be adventurous, I’ll be going to Wu’s.