If you're a regular reader of my Facebook page and this web site, you've undoubtedly noticed that I love to eat, and when a new restaurant opens, I try to pay them a visit as soon as I possibly can. December 16, 2016 will go down in Roseville restaurant history, as that's the day Asian n' Cajun opened it's doors, to welcome Rosevillians with delicious seafood and Asian cuisine. And, delicious cuisine is only the beginning to this wonderful restaurant...
As with all of my reviews, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.
Photo: It's Tuesday, December 27, 2016, and I'm in the parking lot of Asian n' Cajun, waiting to "open" the restaurant for today. As of this writing, this is one of the newest restaurants in Roseville, as they've only been open for ten days. They're also only the second restaurant in Roseville the specializes in seafood. Interestingly enough, besides cajun cuisine and seafood, the menu features a full selection of Asian, mostly Chinese standards. I'm predicting great things for this wonderful restaurant.
Actually, this is the second location of this "chain" of two restaurant, as the original Asian n' Cajun is located in the nearby Natomas area of Sacramento.
Photo: The view of the main dining room from the entrance, as soon as you walk in the door. There's a "Please Wait to be Seated" sign, but since the restaurant wasn't busy yet - it was 1130 in the morning - and I planned to sit at the bar, I simply walked over to the bar and parked myself on a bar stool. Note the theme of the restaurant is "nautical," in keeping with seafood, which is a standard on the menu.
If you ever visited the Crawfish Factory, which formerly occupied this restaurant, the dining room should look familiar, as very little has changed. I even compared photos taken today, and photos I took back in October, 2014, when Crawfish Factory opened for business, and I just happened to be the first customer. Click on this link for the article I published during my visit. Crawfish Factory abruptly closed their doors, and Asian n' Cajun took their place, just a few days later.
Photo: The semi-private dining room, off to the side, is virtually unchanged since the Crawfish Factory days.
Photo: I "zeroed" in on the deep fried section of the menu, as I wanted to start with a basket of fish and chips, and during future visits, work my way over to the Asian selections. This is only one of five pages of the menu, which is split nearly evenly between seafood, and Asian, mostly Chinese, offerings. Note the menu offers sake, which I missed during my visit, or I would have indulged.
Photo: Like the former Crawfish Factory, the "market price" of seafood is posted on a blackboard, which is a nice touch, as it eliminates an unpleasant surprise when your check arrives. Seafood prices seem to vary day-by-day, so the menu can't reflect the current prices. I really appreciate the posting of prices on the chalk board.
Years ago, a friend and I decided to enjoy a dinner together. We'd just got off work - we were co-workers - and we decided to treat ourselves to an excellent dinner, as to reward ourselves after an especially stressful week at work. We hit up a seafood restaurant, made out selection - which were listed as "market price" - and neglected to query our server as to the actual price. When we received the check, we were shocked!
Since that experience, I've always learned to ask the server before ordering a selection priced at "market value." Asian n' Cajun makes your selection easy...
Photo: Joann, one of the friendly servers, prepares a take-out order, as I snap her photo from the bar. Speaking of bar, the only alcohol offered is beer, wine and sake, but the bar is comfortable, and an inviting place to sit down, relax, and enjoy a beer or two.
Photo: My friendly server, Hung, who happens to be the manager, delivers my basket of fish and chips with a smile. Hung is a super great guy, and very customer oriented. I enjoyed chatting with him, and I hope to see him during future visits.
Photo: Hung takes my photo as I'm sitting at the bar, with a cold glass of Corona beer, and a basket of fish and chips. It's lunch time!
Photo: From the "Deep Fried Goodness" section of the menu, I ordered the "Fish n' Chips Basket. For $9.95, you get not three, but SIX pieces of battered, deep fried fish placed on a mountain of fries! The portion is HUGE, and fish is delicious! I requested tarter sauce to dip the fish in, and ketchup for the fries.
Photo: Oh my! ... Such an AMAZING basket of fish and chips! The six pieces of deep fried fish were placed on a mountain of perfectly cooked fries. The batter was light, tasty, and not greasy, and the fish was tender, and perfectly cooked. Hung brought my order directly from the kitchen, and everything was smokin' hot, and absolutely delicious. I'm a good eater, but I brought about a third of my lunch home in a box, to enjoy for dinner.
I just can't say enough good things about this wonderful lunch I enjoyed, as not only was it delicious, but it represented an outstanding value. I can't wait to visit this fine restaurant again, and sample some of their Asian cuisine.
Asian n' Cajun has it all, including outstanding fried fish, gigantic portions, super-friendly staff, and a comfortable, inviting dining room. This restaurant is a definite"keeper" and a very welcome addition to the Roseville dining scene.
Asian n' Cajun
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