Zhu Dang -- loose translation: Pig Party -- is almost ready for its big reveal on Olive Way. First announced almost a year back, the restaurant will focus on "flavor above tradition" that rings true to the "Chinese palate".
Shooting for quality, PNW-sourced ingredients, the Zhu Dang's large, family-style menu includes options priced between $12 and $22: Pearl fried rice with house duck ham, seafood clay pot with preserved tofu, and cumin lamb with red kale. Chinese sausages, bacon, sauces, and hand-cut noodles will be made in-house.
It's the first restaurant from owner/GM Steve Cheng (Urbane, TASTE.) Cheng recruited a pair of chefs to co-lead the kitchen crew with appropriately diverse resumes: Pat Chang (Coterie Room, Café Campagne, Joule) brings modern elements to the menu. She's teaming up with Ken Lee, a Din Tai Fung master trainer with extensive knowledge of traditional Chinese dishes.
Zhu Dang is set to open the weekend of December 12 at 1715 E. Olive Way. Dinner will be served seven nights a week, with happy hour and late night menus scheduled to debut a bit later.
Here's how the inside of the former auto showroom looked a few days ago: