I personally never tried eating Alaskan King Crab before. Hence, when there’s a new restaurant opened in Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK), especially the signage say’s ‘Authentic Lousiana Seafood’, I cannot resist not to try. It turns out Cajun Claws is a newly opened restaurant in Pantai Indah Kapuk. When I went there around 6PM for dinner there are quite a few visitors curious to try the place. I was so lucky to got a chance to meet one of the owner, Tommy Putra. He’s very kind to explain the background of Cajun Claws. ‘Drawing inspirations from New Orlean, known for its eclectic mix of food, Cajun Claws brings diners this unique experience. The Louisiana city has cooked up some of the tastiest and most interesting foods in America. Favorites like Seafood Boil, Gumbo and Jambalaya have also become popular across the US with numerous restaurants offering the fare in many states’, Tommy stated. Eating with your hand and straight from your own table – no plate by the way – is not that elegant. However, it is all about flavors and not the presentation.
Cajun Claws offers two different sauces for the seafood; The Works and Lemon Pepper. The Works sauce is made using house-blended Cajun spices, imported straight from the US and in addition to the plentifull use of olive oil, garlic, lemon, and pepper. By the way, if you want to see how it looks like before mixed into a sauce, try to ask the waiter there and you might be lucky to see the actual ingredient. Diners, especially Indonesian who crave for spicy food, can increase the level of spiciness from mild spicy to extra spicy, even higher than this but it’s not on the menu. While the Lemon Pepper sauce is made from butter, olive oil, and imported lemon.
The perfect way to eat this according to the tradition in Lousiana, US, is by dumping all the seafood on the table and eat straight with your hand. Not only it’s a fun experience but it brings you and your companion more close. From here, you won’t even think to check your phone or snap a pict because you will be too busy to eat and too difficult as your hands cover up with food.
First, I order my appetizer are Cajun fries, fried shrimp and Buffalo Wings. I’ve got to say the dip which is the Tartar sauce is to die for. Wow! I wish I can stock these sauce at my house. These sauce is very fresh because it’s all homemade so it won’t last more than 3 days. Also, you can taste the cajun pepper in it. It has strong pepper taste yet still mild enough so you won’t feel the heat.
For my main course, me and my friends go crazy on the seafood. We try basically everything. Our orders were Alaskan King Crab Legs, Mud Crab, Crawfish, and Shrimp. The choice of the sauces was The Works mild sauce for the craw fish and shrimp, while Lemon Pepper sauce for the King Crab Legs and Mud Crab. Funny thing was we all don’t know how to open an Alaskan King Crab, it’s awesome that the waiter openede the crab for us. Well, we’re not lazy, we’re just confuse and too amaze on how to eat it. 😉 Whoops, almost forgot. For the drink I ordered the Strawberry Lemonade and become one of my favorite Lemonade ever. The portion is normal, just a size of plain paper glass. But, they use fresh crush strawberries and lemonade which I must say its surprising because most fruit lemonade only use flavoring rather than the fresh fruits. It’s mixes of fresh strawberry and lemonade makes it a perfect drink for the sunny day.
Other must eat dish in Louisiana are Gumbo and Jambalaya. In Cajun Claws, these are made the old fashioned way using traditional recipes. Honestly, I like the Seafood Gumbo more than the Jambalaya simply because Jambalaya taste like paella rice which I already tried before. However, because I have not tried the Seafood Gumbo before, it really spike my interest. The curry sauce is surprisingly not too tasty but in a good way because a curry sauce like the japanese one is too strong for my taste. Yet, I reccomend both the Seafood Gumbo and Jambalaya for a delight experience.
Obviously, all this won’t happen without the obsession of the owners to get the exact Lousiana taste for locals here. All ingredients are imported to make sure nothing is different from the real experience from the USA, even the potatoes and lemon are imported too. Wow! I’m amaze. So, what are you waiting for? it’s time to get your hands on the delish seafood. See you later on more delicious findings in the city 😉
Address: Jalan Marina Raya, Rukan Cordoba, Blok G, no. 1, Jakarta Utara 14470 (Between Leko and Little
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 5pm – 10pm
Friday to Sunday 12pm – 3pm; 5pm -10pm
Phone: 021 29704981
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