Hotel Valley Ho’s signature restaurant ZuZu has undergone a complete refresh including both a renovation of the space and a new menu of shareable plates and crafty libations.
The revamp of ZuZu maintained the hotel’s iconic style, combining mid-century modern and contemporary furnishings and décor. Updates include a new neon ZuZu sign, 1950s-inspired wood screens, bold lighting elements, and dramatic feature walls. The lounge and dining room have been combined to become one expansive and welcoming space, while an inventive new transitional seating arrangement forms the centerpiece of the restaurant, with a brunch configuration that shifts into a chic lounge and dinner experience in the evening.
While a few guest-favorite dishes remain, the new menu focuses on small, shareable plates featuring ingredients from the property’s brand-new 240-square-foot herb and vegetable garden.
A highly recommended dish on the new dinner menu is the Crispy Pork Shank with sour apple molasses glaze, cucumber tarragon yogurt, and pita. And you must save room for dessert – options include the sparkly ZuZu Chocolate Bar, a Donut Sundae, and a Buttermilk Pie with blood-orange-soaked strawberries, candy honeycomb, and whipped cream.
The cocktail menu introduces fresh libations such as the ZuZu Mango Tango, infused with a grilled jalapeño straight from the chef’s herb and vegetable garden.
You can also now get brunch every day, with favorites including the Vanilla Churro Waffle, Southwest Elote Salad, and Korean Short Rib Tacos.
A new wine room, known as The Vine Vault, houses a selection of pours from around the world and will leave guests chasing a reason to pop a cork and celebrate. There is no better space to do so than the hidden private dining room dubbed The Rosie Room, named after Rosalyn “Rosie” Bennett Lyon, the matriarch of the family that owns Hotel Valley Ho. Rosie’s grandchildren nicknamed her ZuZu, and it was her cooking and warm hospitality that inspired the original restaurant concept.
ZuZu is open daily for brunch from 6am to 2:30pm, afternoon and late-night fare from 2:30pm to midnight, and dinner from 5:30pm to 10pm.
For reservations to experience the fully revamped ZuZu, call 480.376.2600 or reserve a table online at www.opentable.com.