Asian-fusion cuisine a hit at Asparagus

Since opening its doors over five years ago, Asparagus has become the region’s highly prized go-to place for Asian-fusion fine dining.

Lovingly conceived, owned and operated by executive chef Tammy Pham and manager Sam Chung, this couple’s partnership at home and at work lies at the heart of the continuing success of this family business garnering rave reviews from ABC’s Hungry Hound, Channel 11’s Check Please! and, most recently, on WGN’s Chicago’s Best.

Tammy’s wizardry with sauces and seasonings and her insistence on the finest, freshest ingredients results in lovely new dimensions of flavor, sights and aromas in her eclectic menu. Over the years she has mastered traditional Thai and Vietnamese dishes, incorporating fine French cooking techniques, simultaneously employing her artist’s eye and razor sharp senses, thereby devising a mind-boggling, highly innovative menu that intrigues, beguiles and delights the palate.

One visit to Asparagus and you’ll quickly become a regular customer, so as to savor again and again the unique cuisine, the elegant, welcoming décor, the superior service, the legendary martini menu, and the extensive wine list.

A favorite spot for those who enjoy live jazz music, the restaurant is preparing to expand its menu of ticketed live entertainment events, as well as wine tastings, martini tastings and more.

A keystone of Tammy and Sam’s success is their personal relationships with their customers and, by extension, their dedication to the communities in which they live and conduct their business. They are known for partnering regularly with local not-for-profit service organizations, including Crown Point Tri Kappa, The Service League, the Barden Gary Foundation, The Asian American Medical Association, local food banks, and more.

Asparagus has become a popular spot for family parties, showers, birthdays, engagements, weddings, rehearsal dinners, business meetings, anniversaries, retirement parties, book clubs, and more. With a variety of rooms and a highly trained, responsive staff, Asparagus offers maximum flexibility to plan your event to meet your very particular needs and desires. Whether your group orders a la carte from the menu, or you choose to offer a set menu with pre-selected appetizers, entrees, and desserts, the management stands ready to work with you to make your event memorable. Planning a big summer bash? Asparagus can set up tents to expand the entertainment and dining area in a number of creative and fun configurations.

More information about Asparagus, 7876 Broadway Ave., Merrillville, is at (219) 794-0000 or

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