Here’s your first look at the menu at Wu’s Cajun Seafood, opening mid-June in South End

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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.

wu's cajun seafood charlotte

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.

wu's cajun seafood charlotte

wu's cajun seafood charlotte

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.

wu's cajun seafood charlotte

Enough talk. Here’s the food…

Kalbi short ribs — grilled/basted and then topped with sesame, cilantro and dusted with dry rub

wu's cajun seafood charlotte

Street corn — with miso mayo, togarashi, parmesan cheese, cilantro and lime

wu's cajun seafood charlotte

Kung Pao cauliflower — fried, tossed in seasonings and topped with scallions, sesame and fresno chili

wu's cajun seafood charlotte

Shrimp toast — ground shrimp and white bread deep fried and topped with scallion and sesame

wu's cajun seafood charlotte

Noodle salad — kale, crispy quinoa, carrot, onion, fresno chili and corn in a ginger miso marinade

wu's cajun seafood charlotte

Cajun wedge — iceberg lettuce, tomato, red onion, crispy andouille, blue cheese and jalapeno blue cheese dressing

wu's cajun seafood charlotte

Sushi rice tuna poke — marinated raw tuna, ginger, lime, cilantro and jalapeno served with fried wontons

wu's cajun seafood charlotte

Togarashi tuna roll — with seared sashimi and goat cheese

wu's cajun seafood charlotte

Gumbo ramen — gumbo base with ramen noodles, crawfish, cabbage, kimchi and a soft-boiled egg

wu's cajun seafood charlotte

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

wu's cajun seafood charlotte

Beignets — free treats that arrive with your check

wu's cajun seafood charlotte

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