Cajun King Meets Royal StandardsFeatures Order of the Day
July 28, 2013
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Rachel Breit
After establishing success with Lobster King and King’s Shabu Shabu, and building a legion of loyal customers along the way, restaurant owners June Kim and Jay Chen have added another crown jewel to their collection of popular dining establishments.
The dynamic duo, along with managing partner Tony Lai, present Cajun King with today’s grand opening at the restaurant’s convenient Waimalu Shopping Center locale in Aiea. Cajun King offer customers a vast array of fresh seafood selections — never frozen — and Cajun-style dishes and combos that truly kick the dining experience up another notch.
The restaurant features a bright and inviting dining area with tables that can be moved and combined to accommodate groups of all sizes.
In all, 28 tables can host 112 customers, and the restaurant also features a private dining area for large parties.
Cajun King offers an assortment of fresh seafood selections, including the highest quality Fresh Oysters ($14 for six and $28 for 12) and Clams ($8 for six and $16 for 12) flown in live from Canada, along with Abalone prepared sashimi style or with garlic ($8). Diners may also reel in other fresh seafood favorites including Lobster ($17 each), Dungeness Crab ($32 each), King Crab Legs ($25 per pound), Snow Crab Legs ($15 per pound), Shrimp ($10 per pound), Clams ($12 per pound), Crawfish ($10 per pound) and Mussels ($11 per pound) — many of which can be prepared salt-and-pepper style if one desires. The selections also come with a choice of seasoning, including Cajun Style, Garlic Butter, Plain and Simple and Cajun/Garlic Butter, as well as heat levels ranging from no heat to mild, medium and volcanic — Kim advises customers to “please be careful with this one!” The seafood, seasonings and spices are served in a large bag, allowing customers to shake and mix their desired recipe until each fresh bite is full of flavor.
Fried Baskets serve as great pupu options, and include Hot Wings ($9) seasoned with salt or Cajun spice, Popcorn Chicken ($9, subject to availability) and Fried Oysters ($13, subject to availability). The baskets also come with a choice of regular or Cajun-style french fries. And, what better way to enjoy a meal than with a soft drink with free refills ($2.99) or Domestic ($1.99) and Imported and Premium ($2.99) beers — incredible deals fit for a delicious meal.
Cajun King also offers up signature Special Combos, which are prepared by the restaurant’s skilled and friendly staff and brought directly to the table. Various combination platters include Combo No. 1 ($48) with Lobster, Crawfish, Mussels, Shrimp and Clams as well as Combo No. 3 ($55) with King Crab Legs, Crawfish, Mussels, Shrimp and Clams. These bountiful platters include customers’ choice of sauce, and also come with potatoes, two corns on the cob, four sausages and rice.
“I noticed that Cajun-style dining is very popular, so we decided to open Cajun King,” Kim says. “We’re dealing with fresh, live seafood — that’s what helped make Lobster King so popular.”
Cajun King is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and customers can look forward to catering menu options at a later date. Lunch Specials are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and include flavorful combos such as Half Salt and Pepper Lobster with Grilled New York Steak ($12.99) and Half Salt and Pepper Lobster with Salt and Pepper Shrimp ($12.99).
As a special scoop for Dining Out readers, all Cajun King customers receive the Grand Opening Special good for two complimentary beverages — two domestic beers, two sodas, or a domestic beer and soda — with every Special Combo order.
Waimalu Shopping Center
98-020 Kamehameha Hwy., Aiea
Open daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Note: Reservations recommended for parties of five or more