Cuisine from around the World
Located in Plymouth's popular Barbican harbour area, just a short walk from the town centre, Zuzimo! is a new restaurant and tapas bar.
Opened in October 2013 after extensive redecoration, Zuzimo! serves cuisine from around the world. Customers can choose from two or three course meals, a range of tapas dishes, or enjoy a drink at the modern bar.
Co-owners of Zuzimo!, Iranian-born Mohsen Vassif and Slovakian, Zuzana Fancovicova, have lived and travelled in many different countries between them.
Inspired by their experiences overseas, they have put together a global menu which boasts a diverse range of dishes. Spanish Chorizo, Turkish lamb koftas, Palestinian falafel, stuffed African peppers, Brazilian Empanadas, and Egyptian fried cauliflower, are just a few of the tempting fares on offer.
A strong partnership
First meeting in nearby Exeter, Mohsen and Zuzana began their careers in hospitality by finding employment in a Moroccan-themed restaurant in Plymouth. Their hard work and enthusiasm paid off when, after only a few months, the owner asked the couple to take over the management of the business.
With a partnership that was proving very productive, the two soon realised that what they both really wanted for their long term future was to run their own venture together.
The right spot
After some time spent researching the market in the area and gaining further experience in the hotel catering industry, Mohsen and Zuzana decided that intercontinental cuisine, particularly tapas, was the way forward. They were confident this would appeal to Plymouth's multi-cultural population, including a growing number of university students. All they had to do now was find the right place in which to open their own restaurant.
"It's like looking for a partner," said Mohsen, "everything has to be just right. We searched for three years before we found the perfect location."
Fresh & modern
Inside Zuzimo! you can choose to dine in the warmly-furnished, spacious, and modern restaurant area, or within the timber floored, clean lines of the mirrored tapas bar. With a variety of different ambient lighting throughout, Zuzimo! is beautifully lit. In daylight hours, the large windows, etched with a decorative 'Z', offer diners open views of the attractive streets outside. Combined with the fresh and brightly coloured interior, there's a wonderful cosmopolitan and welcoming feel as soon as you walk in.
"We had to make a lot of changes to the building over five months of renovations," said Mohsen, "and when we saw our virtual tour online, we realised just how different it looked."
Ranked on Trip Advisor as number 6 out of 491 restaurants in Plymouth, comments from customers include 'Tapas was outstanding', 'desserts to die for', and 'pretty cool décor'. They've even welcomed a few celebrities, including Tom Daley who has visited more than once.
And business is doing well. After starting with just the two of them, Mohsen and Zuzana now manage a team of ten staff.
Zuzimo! is at 153 Vauxhall Street, Barbican, Plymouth PL4 0DF. Tel: 01752 651 300. Email [email protected]
Find them on Facebook by searching for ‘Zuzimo Bar Kitchen Tapas
’ and on Twitter at @zuzimoplymouth
. Or you can look them up on the web at zuzimo.co.uk
, where you can also see inside with their Business View tour (below). View Larger Map
Date: 15 May 2014
Author: The 360 Company