Restaurants & Bars 4

Cajun Pacific

Limster | Jun 2, 2001 03:44 AM

Just had a second (big) dinner at Cajun Pacific on 46th and Irving tonight. It's the size of a postage stamp in the middle of almost nowhere in the outer sunset, but I feel the trek is worth it. The place is atmospheric and lively and genuine.

The nuggets of crawfish beignets were nicely textured, with a thin crawfish flavor and slightly piqued with the lightest possible dusting of cayenne and garnished with chopped green onion. It comes with a creamy and mildly spicy dipping sauce.

The same dipping sauce also accompanies the stripes of fresh zuccini, battered and fried, yet almost greaseless. Unlike some feathery batters, this version is thick and substantial and delicious without being too delicate and precious.

Also sampled their gumbo (on my previous 1st trip) - it's flavorful, darkly fragrant and spicy. My pal who's had quite a bit of Cajun food from eating in New Orlean and from family cooking pronounced it excellent. (The veggie gumbo, on the other hand was overly sweet, thin and flat.)

(Also on our first trip) Jambalaya was another good choice, spicy and smoky with Andouile sausage. The exact ingredients changes daily.

Tonight I had the special: a clean flavored cottony fried grouper (same batter as above) with a very well crafted sweet potato gratin, and string beans, in a brown butter sauces.

Their Cajun BBQ prawns (which are actually sauteed - that's described in the menu) was fine, but it's nowhere near the Crawfish Monica - pasta and chunks of crawfish in a thick cream sauce. The sauce is wonderfully fleshed out with the layers of flavor in the seafood, cream and spice coming together to generate an immensely rich sensation.

On my last trip, I had the fried Catfish Po-Boy - good, fresh and pleasantly eluding the greasy heaviness of deep frying.

The prices are very reasonable (appetizers and po-boys top out around $7) and entrees range from about $7-15.

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