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Short Rib Bliss & Fresca Pasta: Unveiling ZUMO’s Signature Dishes

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Where Zest Meets Fusion in Puerto Vallarta’s Culinary Scene

Zumo, a newcomer to Puerto Vallarta’s dining scene, is more than just a restaurant – it’s a culinary adventure for your senses. 

Zumo,” translating to “juice” or “zest” in Spanish, perfectly captures the essence of this exciting eatery. Led by the experienced power couple of Vanessa Villegas and Stewart Haverlack, Zumo brings a unique fusion of Mexican cuisine with inventive twists that tantalize the taste buds.

Vanessa is the daughter of Coco Iniguez, founder at Coco’s Kitchen, and honed her restaurant experience under her mother’s mentorship. Stewart is the former owner of the asian inspired restaurant Boca Bento. Together, they also helm the esteemed Villa Limon boutique hotel and ZUMO restaurant in San Miguel de Allende.

Led by the experienced power couple of Vanessa Villegas and Stewart Haverlack, Zumo brings a unique fusion of Mexican cuisine with inventive twists that tantalize the taste buds. Photo provided.
ZUMO is led by the experienced power couple of Vanessa Villegas and Stewart Haverlack, Zumo brings a unique fusion of Mexican cuisine with inventive twists that tantalize the taste buds. Photo provided.

A Fusion Symphony Conducted by Chef Oscar Ponce

The maestro behind Zumo’s flavorful symphony is Executive Chef Oscar Ponce. Chef Ponce honed his craft for two years at the helm of Zumo San Miguel, and his experience shines through in every dish. 

Originally from Guadalajara, he completed his culinary school training there. Before joining the ZUMO family, he worked in Barcelona, Spain for three years at a three-star Michelin restaurant. 

The menu showcases his creativity and passion, with highlights like al pastor croquettes – a delightful play on the classic Mexican street food – and a savory mushroom risotto paired with succulent brisket. Even traditional dishes like “carne en su jugo” get a Zumo makeover, featuring melt-in-your-mouth short ribs.

The maestro behind Zumo's flavorful symphony is Executive Chef Oscar Ponce. Chef Ponce honed his craft for two years at the helm of Zumo San Miguel, and his experience shines through in every dish. 
The maestro behind Zumo’s flavorful symphony is Executive Chef Oscar Ponce. Chef Ponce honed his craft for two years at the helm of Zumo San Miguel, and his experience shines through in every dish. Photo Provided.  

Seasonal Surprises and Signature Staples

Zumo keeps things exciting with a menu that changes seasonally, ensuring fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and innovative flavor combinations. 

The next menu change is expected in September – but don’t worry if you fall in love with a particular dish – signature items like the mouthwatering al pastor croquettes and the fall-off-the-bone short rib are likely to remain year-round, offering a comforting taste of familiarity amidst the seasonal shifts.

Prepare to be Impressed by Portion and Ambiance

Zumo isn’t just about exciting flavors; they also believe in generous portions.  

One order of the highly popular Fresca pasta or the melt-in-your-mouth short rib might be enough to share, or perfect for satisfying a hearty appetite.  

The private patio at ZUMO. Photo by Oscar Almeida.
The private patio at ZUMO. Photo by Oscar Almeida.

For an even more delightful dining experience, consider booking a table in the private garden area. Here, amidst the calming murmur of a fountain, you can savor your meal in a serene and intimate setting.  The garden area is the perfect spot for a small gathering or special occasion, and  the best part? There’s no extra charge to book it.

Service with a Smile (and Extensive Knowledge)

(left to right) Javier, Jimena and Carlos are part of the friendly and professional service team at Zumo. The service team adds another layer of delight to your dining experience. Photo by Oscar Almeida.
(left to right) Javier, Jimena and Carlos are part of the friendly and professional service team at Zumo. The service team adds another layer of delight to your dining experience. Photo by Oscar Almeida.

Carlos, Javier and Jimena are part of the friendly and professional service team at Zumo. The service team adds another layer of delight to your dining experience. 

The waitstaff undergo a comprehensive month-long training program, ensuring they can expertly describe each dish on the menu and recommend the perfect wine pairing to complement your chosen flavors.  Whether you have questions about Chef Ponce’s culinary creations or need help navigating the extensive wine list, the knowledgeable staff is there to guide you with a smile.

Carlos, along with fellow employee Erik (who is a line cook), both moved from ZUMO San Miguel to Puerto Vallarta to help open ZUMO Puerto Vallarta. 

Some of the kitchen staff at ZUMO. Photo by Oscar Almeida.
Some of the kitchen staff at ZUMO. Photo by Oscar Almeida.

Restaurant Week and Beyond: A Must-Try on Your Puerto Vallarta Itinerary

If you’re visiting Puerto Vallarta during restaurant week (May 15 to June 10, 2024), be sure to take advantage of Zumo’s special three-course menu for only $575 pesos.

 It’s a fantastic opportunity to sample the chef’s creativity at a great price. 

But even if restaurant week has passed, Zumo is a must-try for any foodie visiting the vibrant city.  From the signature ZUMO margaritas – featuring candied Jamaica flower – and refreshing Cascabel cocktail to the lemon and chocolate desserts, every detail at Zumo is designed to impress.

Overall, Zumo offers a delightful and flavorful dining experience that goes beyond the plate. With its innovative cuisine, charming ambiance, and friendly service, Zumo is sure to become a new favorite among Puerto Vallarta’s culinary gems. So, gather your friends or enjoy a romantic evening, and embark on a delightful fusion fiesta at Zumo!

Locals Discount
If you are a native of Puerto Vallarta or a resident, just show proof to the waitstaff to receive a 10 percent discount card.

Information to Know:
ZUMO
Púlpito #142
Open for dinner Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesdays), from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, with extended hours until 11:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zumosma/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zumovallarta/
+52 322 222 7051
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https://bit.ly/ZUMO-BookYourTable

ZUMO is located at Púlpito #142-A Zona Romántica , Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Photo by Oscar Almeida.
ZUMO is located at Púlpito #142-A Zona Romántica , Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Photo by Oscar Almeida.

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