Asparagus is a place that
Asparagus is a place that everyone needs to try. I have been there numerous times but this last dinner was with friends that had never been there and they could not say enough good things about the food. The unique spices and wonderful tastes will keep you coming back. My absolute favorite is the Cashew Pineapple Chicken dish. My husband's favorite is the Lamb, it melts off the bone.
A must try! Our server Joe was very attentive and a delight!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We took friends for their
We took friends for their anniversary. Our waitress was highly informative & helpful.
All 4 meals were fantastic. This was our 3rd visit to Asparagus ... and will not be the last!
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
NW Indiana Gem
We live in NW Indiana but almost always head to Chicago for fine dining. What a spectacular find to have a first-rate restaurant in Merrillville. The food was exceptional -- cooked to perfection with subtle variations between each course. For appetizers the spring rolls with crab were fresh and crisp. The calamari rings were firm yet not rubbery. Dipping sauces are spicy but not excessively so. Entrees are generous, tasty and cooked to perfection. Most deserts can be shared. Nice wine and drink list. The wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. In total it was a great dining experience.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had no idea there was a restaurant
Had no idea there was a restaurant like this in Merrillville, IN! The food and service were excellent. Totally unexpected and thoroughly enjoyed! I would go out of my way to eat here again.
4/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent. The
The food was excellent. The waitress attentive and very helpful/knowledgeable with the menu and picking the right entree. The decor was interesting. All in all it was a very good place that I did not know about. I'll be happy to go again.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect atmosphere to impress a lovely lady you're really interested in... can't go wrong here.
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Classy and delicious
We went for Sunday supper to treat my mother for Mother's Day. Quiet, tastefully decorated restaurant that is bright with a simple elegance. Extensive menu has wide variety of Thai, Vietnamese, French-influenced dishes covering all courses from appetizer to dessert. Appetizers and entrees were good-sized - enough to be filling, or to order and share. Everything we ordered was delightfully unique and absolutely delicious. There are definitely some "safe" dishes and some "adventurous" ones. Even dessert had a unique Asian flavor to some classics. Wonderful! Relaxing! Attentive service.
Asparagus was a great find, and one we would highly recommend.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
LOVE this restaurant. Food always wonderful and service great. Martini's best in area...
would recommend this restaurant to anybody, one of my favorites.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I always know what to expect at Asparagus. We went there the day before Mother's Day to avoid the crowds and as usual the food and service were excellent. It's our go-to place.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We've been to this restaurant multiple times now and have never been disappointed. The back room however, is noisier and less cozy, than the other other rooms. The dessert was delicious but skimpy on portion for the cost. My 11 & 13 year old daughters love it. Leftovers are always a treat. When we went on Mothers day, which was my daughter's birthday celebration, we had indicated that when making poo it reservations. They did not acknowledge the birthday at all.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mothers Day Lunch
We had a party of 7 for Mothers Day Lunch total bill was $377.00. I have been to Asparagus several times before and it has always been great. However today's visit was not up to par. 5 out of 7 of my guest's were not impressed and said they would not return. The food was unusually sweet to the point of overpowering. The appetizers were excellent, however it went downhill from there. The deserts were also very good as well as the atmosphere. Our server was pleasant and on top of things. I will give them another chance and return foe what I am hoping to be the usual great experience we are use to.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Asparagus has an extensive and eclectic menu that ensures you'll find something you'd like to try. Every entree we've had has been excellent. The decor is elegant and inviting. I highly recommend this establishment.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall great experience
My husband and I went to Asparagus for the first time after I heard they have great Thai food. My Banana Curry Duck was perfectly spicy, here was a lot of duck in the dish and he presentation of he meal in a pretty duck shaped vessel was lovely. My husband's roasted duck was perfectly browned and tender, and his jasmine fried rice was delicious. Our server, Amy, was attentive and knowledgable about the menu. We look forward to going back.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
By far, my favorite restaurant in northwest Indiana. I usually sit in the bar for lunch, better ambiance. I brought my kids this time and sat in main dining room. The room is too cold, both the temperature and the decor. They need to work on the HVAC! We froze and couldn't enjoy our meal.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The restaurant was a very
The restaurant was a very nice place for a dinner for two. The ambience was nice and they even had a jazz band playing. The food was very good as well the cocktails.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was unique and outstanding
The food was unique and outstanding! The service was excellent. The server was very knowledgable about the dishes, which was important since the menu featured items that we were unfamiliar with.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I dined at Asparagus for our anniversary and were not disappointed with any of the courses. Great wine list too!
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not the same as Siam Marina...
Went here after arriving at Siam Marina and determining it had CLOSED DOWN! Boo-hoo, but anyway, portion sizes were slightly smaller & more expensive than Siam, but overall still worth it. We spent $127 for 4 people (not including tip) including 4 beers, main courses & appetizers--the old place might have run us $10-$20 cheaper. Service was attentive if not a little overbearing, but, hey, it's Indiana and I think they just operate that way there. Ribs, Pad Thai, avacado rolls were some of our faves. Not nearly the same ambiance as the old Siam Marina--seemed a bit to bright and sterile, but oh, well. Also, no outdoor seating that we could see--will miss the patio with flowers and gazebo!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great! They have
The food was great! They have great martinis and the waitress as well as the owner recommended some good ones! We are definitely going back next month when they have live jazz!
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food overcomes noise.
The food was excellent in taste as well as presentation. My only negative was the closeness of other patrons and thus the noise.There is inadequate sound absorption.Seated close to a loud patron, as I was, made it difficult to talk to my partner without shouting to be heard. The food was great so it was all good in the end.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is off the hook good... no that is not strong enough a word. It's great!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Thai cuisine
This is a great restaurant if you are interested in Thai food. Large diverse menu including spring rolls, curry dishes and pad thi. Many seafood and chicken options. Unusual and delicious desserts including Hummingbird Cake and Chocolate Truffel Eggrolls. Would highly recommend this excellent restaurant with great service and wonderful atmosphere.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always enjoy this restaurant/food/d
Always enjoy this restaurant/food/drinks/atmosphere. Just a great place to go relax.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique! Good flavors!
Asparagus is a French Vietnamese restaurant that is out of the ordinary. The flavors of each dish are excellently conceived, varied and different that what you normally expect. We enjoy making it a regular part of our restaurant rotation. It is a great restaurant at which to meet friends or have a romantic dinner by ourselves.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Asparagus has been one of
Asparagus has been one of my favorite restaurants for a long time. The service there is amazing and the food is beyond amazing. The selection and quality of the dishes is wonderful. I usually cannot wait to go there if I know we have a date there! It is another one of the treasures to be found in northwest Indiana!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a party of eleven. We went straight to the table so I just saw some of the other rooms. We all would definitely go back.
Drinks were excellent .
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The reception staff were pleased
The reception staff were pleased to acccomadate my extra two guests on a table booked for three ....!!!! We were given a nice round table in the centre of the restaurant which was light and spacious ... !!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic and tasty
Asparagus us located in an area with many restaurants but few fine dining options. The decor is quite lovely. The food was excellent. Loved the Crispy Seafood Roll. The Pho was aromatic and a trifle "hot." The pork shank was very tender. Be careful to check on how spicy a dish is if you prefer mild hotness, as they are generous with the red pepper (or whatever provides the heat). Full bar with a large martini menu. We were seated in a quite side room, which was very nice for conversation. We've been there twice and enjoyed both visits.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great experience
Went here for dinner prior to seeing the symphony at the Star. Very nice atmosphere and our server was very knowledgeable and attentive. The menu has something for everyone. We will dine here again.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband was in the area on business and we decided to have dinner and stay in Merrillville before heading for Chicago the next day. This restaurant sounded the most interesting in town and we were certainly not disappointed. The menu was varied and we had a hard time making our dinner decisions. The dining room where we were seated was pretty pedestrian but other parts of the restaurant seemed to have more ambience and the martini bar would be my choice next time. Our food was great, with some surprising twists, and our server was wonderful. We would dine at Asparagus again any time we're in the area!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
More, More , More!!!
The food was outstanding! We have recommended it to EVERYONE we talk to. The "To-Die For pork shank" was really to die for! SOOOOO delicious!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here has such good
The food here has such good flavors. Our group of 8 all had different entrees and had fun sharing tastes with each other.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food for our 23rd anniversary. Very interesting dishes, so many that we had great difficulty in deciding what to order. The service was a bit slow to start, we sat at our table for 15 minutes before seeing a waiter. But once we reminded the host that we were seated and waiting to place a drink order, the waiter finally showed. Service was good from that point on.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great place
My wife found out about this place through word of mouth. We are both vegetarians and it was easy to find menu items that fit into our diet and were delicious. It's hard to know what to expect from their website but I will say the experience was wonderful. I'm not much of a food reviewer but I highly recommend this place.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love coming to this restaurant anytime, everything is always exceptional.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thank you for a wonderful evening! My husband and I enjoyed his birthday dinner at your restaurant! It was fantastic! Can't wait to come back!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than expected
Food ordered: Lemongrass Beef Appetizer (5/5 - delicious), Seafood Clay Pot (5/5 - delicious), "To Die For" Pork Shank (5/5 - delicious)
Drinks ordered: Water (5/5 - cold and continuous refills)
Service: Our table didn't have napkins at it for some reason when we started our meal, but this was taken care of somewhat quickly with an apology. Service was a little slow considering that there weren't too many people there.
Ambience: Cool designs on the walls and nicely decorated different rooms that I saw when I walked around but they sat everyone in the restaurant near the front door, probably so it wouldn't look empty. I also kind of hate when places put those giant sheets of paper over the tablecloths.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem of NWI
If you want top notch Thai food at a reasonable price while sitting in a white linen table with great ambience, this place is for you!
We have been going for several years and the service and food is always perfect! We love we don't have to travel far for good food!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first time at Asparagus.Went there before going to a concert (Chris Botti) Had a nice romantic corner table. Food and service was good.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great time
This was our first visit to Asparagus. Overall, it was an excellent experience and we will definitely go back the next time we are in town. They have a nice menu with several unique dishes with a Thai influence. The food was very good with nice portions. The wine list is good...not exceptional, but several good choices at reasonable prices are available. The service was just a little slow, but the restaurant was packed with a line at the door. It was Sweetest Day so I'm glad we made reservations in advance.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Asparagus is truly a delight in Merriville. We were seated promptly right by the window where we could look out at the flowers and water fountain. Service initially was a bit slow to take our drink and food order, but the wait was worth it! We split the avacado spring roles and the Pad Thai. They were Amazing! The spring roles were crisp and filled with flavor with every bite and the Pad Thai was flavorful and was filed with shrimp! The flavors took us back to our favorite Thai restaurant in Shanghai China! Thanks for an unexpetedly AMAZING meal!!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friends and I have been faithful customers of Siam Marina until it closed several months ago. We were waiting for the new location to open in Tinley Park but that's taking too long so we decided to take the drive to Indiana and Asparagus did not dissappoint. The 45 minute drive was worth EVERY bite and everyone loved everything about Asparaguus.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite Resturant
Enough appetizers to create a very tasty dinner it it self. Order lemon grass
Beef and pork meat balls can't go wrong!!!!!!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We liked everything about this restaurant. It's like going to Chicago without the drive and parking fees. The appetizer list is fabulous. The avocado rolls, tempura green beans,Thai crispy rolls and lamb chops are our favorites. The large selection of entrees will satisfy the most discriminating diner. I recommend the Red Snapper Deluxe and curry dishes. Entertainment is provided several nights during the week. Martini drinkers will love the large selection of special Martini's.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bright spot in Merrillville
Northwest Indiana has so few good restaurants that any time there is a gem in the area I hope it stays for a while. I work nearby and live in Chicago--it's even worth a trip in from Chicago. I recommend the Grand Marnier beef stew and the mango lobster rolls. Really outstanding quality food worthy of a downtown Chicago restaurant!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great
Great food, great srevice
definitely come back
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lots of things to choose from
Lots of things to choose from on te menu. Food was fantastic!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Book it for a great meal
Wonderful restaurant with fantastic delicious food. Presentation was wonderful and we absolutely had a wonderful time! The variety of food choices on the menu was excellent and we can't wait to go back and wake up our taste buds again. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu here!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
There are so many wonderful things on the menu that it is difficult to recommend any one thing. Everything I've tried has been outstanding. The wine list is extensive. Most recently, I had the sesame encrusted Mahi Mahi. Spicy and fabulous! Also had the satay platter as an appetizer for our group. A marvelous mix of different meats that all tasted wonderful dipped in their peanut sauce. This went well with a bottle of Alsace wine. The helpings are ample, so you may want to share a dessert along with something from their considerable list of after dinner drinks and coffees. This restaurant is now at the top of our list of favorites!
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I really like
My wife and I really like Thai food and Asparagus was very good, had the seafood panang and it was perfect and with the right amount of heat. We had reservations on a Saturday and when we walked in the door, we were seated immediately. Our server was knowledgeable of the menu and answered all questions in great detail. We will be back!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM