Gumbo Jumbo, San Jose, skip it
A new place on Market Street in San Jose . . . It claims to be Cajun fusion, looks nice from the street, and the menu, although limited, had etouffe, jambalaya, various dishes with Vietnamese names, and several interesting looking seafood options. So four of us thought we'd give it a try.
Oh well. It's barely a restaurant. The server had no idea what anything on the menu really was. He thought maybe they had corn bread sometimes, but not actually tonight. The jambalaya had only sausage, none of the advertised crayfish or chicken. Nobody refilled our water or asked if we wanted a second round of beers. Nobody seems to be in charge. It's hard to describe, but they barely seem to be working there.
Maybe they'll get their act together. Maybe they'll get some cornbread. But the competition in downtown San Jose is significant, in fact the Poor Boy Cafe by the train station has great Cajun food, so I doubt we're going back.
Thanks for the report. A yelp review says this is the old White Lotus space on Market. I thought it a bit odd that Viet food would be mixed in w/ Cajun, so I checked out their menu online. Bun bo hue and bun thit nuong next to spicy shrimp and crawfish spaghetti...hmmm...
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It is the old White Lotus space on Market, and it looks appealing from the street. I have the impression that a lot of Vietnamese immigrants relocated to the gulf area because they were fishermen back home, so I didn't find the combo outside the realm of possibility. And you never really know until you go. But this place really doesn't hang together at all.