Wu’s is targeting a mid-June opening in the former Nan & Byron’s space on South Boulevard.
You know the spot; it’s the one with the gators climbing up the front of the building.
The Asian-Cajun fusion restaurant is the latest concept from Bottle Cap Group, the same team behind All American Pub, Hot Taco, Whiskey Warehouse, Brazwell’s, Slate, Oak Room and Ink N Ivy.
From decor to food, they’re aiming for a “New Orleans meets Far East Asia” vibe.
That theme manifests as gator statues alongside Maneki Neko (the Japanese waving fortune cat) and a Bourbon Street-style balcony mural lined with Chinese lanterns.
But what exactly does “Asian” encompass in Wu’s kitchen? The menu pulls inspiration from Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisines.
On the menu, you’ll find everything from gator balls and gumbo to sushi and tuna poke.
Theres a mix of traditional dishes — like dirty rice, gumbo, shrimp toast and kalbi short ribs — as well as inventive fusion interpretations that marry Cajun and Asian flavors together.
Look for dishes like gumbo ramen, gator sushi, crawfish fried rice and the Oyster Po’ Mi, a sandwich that riffs on the Louisiana po’ boy and the Vietnamese banh mi.
Enough talk. Here’s the food…
Kalbi short ribs — grilled/basted and then topped with sesame, cilantro and dusted with dry rub
Street corn — with miso mayo, togarashi, parmesan cheese, cilantro and lime
Kung Pao cauliflower — fried, tossed in seasonings and topped with scallions, sesame and fresno chili
Shrimp toast — ground shrimp and white bread deep fried and topped with scallion and sesame
Noodle salad — kale, crispy quinoa, carrot, onion, fresno chili and corn in a ginger miso marinade
Cajun wedge — iceberg lettuce, tomato, red onion, crispy andouille, blue cheese and jalapeno blue cheese dressing
Sushi rice tuna poke — marinated raw tuna, ginger, lime, cilantro and jalapeno served with fried wontons
Togarashi tuna roll — with seared sashimi and goat cheese
Gumbo ramen — gumbo base with ramen noodles, crawfish, cabbage, kimchi and a soft-boiled egg
Build Your Own Boil — *signature dish served in a plastic bag* — pick your spice, heat level and protein, including shrimp, softshell crab, crawfish, oysters and crab legs
Beignets — free treats that arrive with your check