Cajun Kitchen, 136 Elizabeth St, Melbourne. Phone: 0413 501 561
Cajun Kitchen is situated on a busy segment of Elizabeth St that has a plethora of joints such as Lord Of The Fries.
It looks the fast-food part so I am trying to keep my expectations realistic.
Regardless of whether I get cajun food here or, more cynically, “cajun food”, an affordable, reasonably tasty lunch will do me fine.
But it’s not easy.
Jambalaya is dish made OF rice, but here it’s a stew served WITH rice.
The best Mexican food I’ve ever had was produced in New Orleans.
But tacos in Cajun Country – Lafayette, New Iberia, Eunice and the like?
Not so much.
But Cajun Kitchen has tacos and even “cajun wraps”.
I do some research by asking to see the various sandwich meats residing in covered metal containers, and even sweet talk myself into a small sample of the gumbo.
It tastes rich, spicy, delicious and ungumbo.
So I go the po’ boy route.
I order my sandwich “dressed” in the New Orleans manner ($10.90) – that is, with tomato, lettuce and dill pickles, hold the coleslaw, thanks.
It’s pretty good, too.
Not a great sandwich, but a fair effort. Sloppy, but not too much so.
The bread is all wrong – long enough, but just not enough breadth.
Maybe that’s due to cost factors. The rents around are no doubt steep and overall the Cajun Kitchen pricing seems reasonable.
But the roast beef is juicy and flavoursome, and the dressing participants just right.
I’ll be up for trying other items on the Cajun Kitchen menu when I’m in the vicinity again. Even if the po’ boys would draw snorts of derision from the citizen of New Orleans.