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Fresh Cajun-style Seafood is All the Rage

By Michelle Lee Photos By Leah Friel
February 9, 2014

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In a world where eating with your hands and making a mess are generally frowned upon, Cajun-style restaurant Raging Crab offers a dining experience so refreshingly different and satisfying, it’s no wonder patrons keep coming back for more. Co-owned by business partners JC “Moto” Chow and Steven Sean Saiki, the eatery quickly has become Hawaii’s answer to mainland favorites such as Hot N Juicy Crawfish and The Boiling Crab.

“Given the surplus of fresh seafood available to us on the island, it made perfect sense to bring the concept to Hawaii,” says Chow. “We knew our customers would feel right at home.”

The ordering process is simple. Customers may pick from a variety of fresh seafood including Dungeness Crab, King Crab legs, Snow Crab legs, lobster, crawfish, mussels, shrimp, clams and oysters. After selecting a seasoning and spiciness level, diners need not wait much longer for their oceanic feast.

For a well-rounded meal, the Captain’s Special with Dungeness Crab ($69.99) includes an appetizing hodgepodge of King Crab legs, Snow Crab legs, mussels, shrimp and clams. The special also comes with six pieces of sausage, two ears of corn, Cajun fries and two servings of rice on the side.

“All of our ingredients are fresh, outsourced locally whenever possible,” says Chow. “To maximize flavor, we make everything in-house from our sauces to our specially seasoned batter.” Sauces come in three varieties: Garlic Butter, Lemon Pepper and Raging Cajun. For a bit of everything, “The Works” includes all three flavors.

To refresh the palate in between bites, Chow recommends an order of Kumamoto or Shigoku Oysters ($18 for half dozen, $32 for dozen), a fresh assortment of raw oysters served with ponzu sauce, and topped with tobiko and green onions.

For loyal patrons, eating at Raging Crab is the ultimate social outing, one to be enjoyed with close family and friends.

“Coming here is about so much more than just eating,” says Chow. “Putting on the plastic bibs and getting down and dirty with your hands immediately puts everyone in a great mood.”

Adorned with wooden planks and ship memorabilia, the restaurant is festive with one wall devoted entirely to pictures of happy customers. “As a locally owned company, our mission is to bring Cajun-style seafood to the island with aloha,” says Chow. “That means keeping prices low and customer satisfaction high.”

Dining Out readers are invited to check out Hot Deals Hawaii (simply log on to HotDealsHawaii.com), where diners can purchase a $54 voucher for just $27 to be used toward a “Meal for Two,” which includes snow crab legs, clams, shrimp, Cajun fries, six pieces of sausage, two ears of corn and two servings of rice. The sizzling deal is available now through midnight Feb. 11, and is valid from Feb. 12 to Jan. 31, 2015. As a reminder, the Hot Deals certificates may not be combined with any other specials or discounts, cash or credit is not returned for any unused certificates, and tax and tip are not included when using the certificates for meal purchases.

The restaurant is open for happy hour Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. Private events are available upon request.

Raging Crab

Samsung Plaza
655 Keeaumoku St., Suite 101, Honolulu
955-2722
Sunday–Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday–Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.