• By Lisa Brody

Zao Jun, new Asian restaurant, coming to township

Bloomfield Township is getting ready to welcome a new southeast Asian restaurant with the entry of Zao Jun New Asian, to be located in the former Bagger Dave's location at Telegraph and Maple.

The new dining spot, which is coming before the Bloomfield Township planning board on Wednesday, November 7, for liquor license recommendation, is presented by the same ownership and management team as the new Adachi restaurant in downtown Birmingham.

“Inspired by a lifetime of culinary and culturally immersed travel throughout southeast Asia, our owners developed the Zao Jun concept to celebrate the beautiful fusion of intermingling cultures found on the Sunda Shelf, a landmass, today submerged under shallow seas, that was once surrounded by the many different countries and cultures we celebrate at Zao Jun today like Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, China and more,” a description said. “Our food curator and management partner Michael Schlow, foodies may recognize the restaurant mogul from TV programs such as Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and the Food Network. Schlow was also awarded “Best Chef in the Northeast” by the James Beard Foundation.The extensive menu is a collaboration between Schlow and Executive Chef Lloyd Roberts, who is well-versed in French and Asian cuisine. He worked alongside Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the southeast Asian-style Vong in New York and perfected his technique at Nobu restaurants around the globe.”

Zao Jun, located at 6608 Telegraph Road, next to Rear Ends and just a couple storefronts away from the new Nino Salvaggio market, is proposing to be open for lunch Monday through Friday, for brunch Saturday and Sunday, and dinner daily.

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