If you follow me on Instagram you know I have a love affair with ZuZu at the Hotel Valley Ho. It’s a great space with fantastic ambiance and so much fun. Jax and I visit regularly for their Show Stopper Shakes and our visit is something we look forward to every month; not only for that shake but also because we always enjoy a great meal there too!
I am here to attest that ZuZu is so, so much more than those over the top shakes! They have a diverse and delicious menu featuring some of the tastiest dishes I have ever had – like the best Mac & Cheese on the planet (pictured above; so creamy and filling, amped up with green chili pork. It is so damn good.
These days you can find poke and ahi tuna everywhere, but not quite like what you get at ZuZu.
Their Salmon Belly Poke is served with white bean hummus and duck fat crackers. It’s very decadent; the salmon is luscious and rich, the hummus smooth and creamy and the duck fat crackers kick it up a dozen notches. It’s a unique dish full of contrasting flavors and textures.
The Ahi Tuna and Avocado is light and delightful, served with crispy tortilla chips. The ahi is tender and fresh, brightened up with lime and dressed with scallions, sesame and the punch of jalapeño. Addictive is the best way to describe it!
Speaking of unique dishes – the Arizona Shade Farms Oyster Mushrooms are incredible! The meaty, savory mushrooms are served on roasted garlic toast with warmed goat cheese. This hearty appetizer is elevated comfort food and not to be missed. The mushrooms are savory and the goat cheese is creamy and earthy with a tart edge that contrasts deliciously with the garlic on the toasty bread.
The chef-driven entrees are something to behold as well. I love the Crispy Pork Shank with sour apple molasses glaze, cucumber yogurt and warm pita. Talk about a flavor combination! There is a lot going on in this entree and it’s a lot of deliciousness. First of all, this dish is enormous – be prepared to share, or better yet, eat what you can and have glorious leftovers. The pork is sticky, sweet and so tender it slides right off the bones. The tart yogurt adds a nice contrast to the savory sweetness. This is a show stopper entree!
The Jidori Half Chicken is also fantastic. It’s a confit leg and roasted breast with a chimichurri marinade served with corn on the cob seasoned with tajin. Again, this is a flavor party on the plate. The chicken is juicy and perfectly spiced and the corn is sweet with a hint of tangy heat from the tajin. You get savory, sweet, salty, and spicy with each and every bite.
Of course, as the place that comes up with monthly jaw-dropping, eye-popping, over the top milkshakes, you can expect other epic desserts – like the Donut Sundae served with two big donuts, two generous scoops of ice cream and two toppings; or the Butterscotch Pudding Cake served in a mason jar and topped with popcorn, cashews, bacon, chocolate and sea salt. WOW!!!
A sweet ending to an epic meal is always a good idea and ZuZu has the best ideas out there!
I love all that ZuZu has to offer, a newly renovated look that offers a fun and hip retro vibe and an incredible chef-driven menu, featuring unique and delicious diversity. Every visit is always a memorable experience.
ZuZu is located inside the Hotel Valley Ho at 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
I enjoyed a meal at ZuZu free of charge in exchange for this post. As usual all opinions are entirely my own.