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“Our new FAVORITE restaurant in Zihuat”
Review of El Murmullo

El Murmullo
Ranked #82 of 326 Restaurants in Zihuatanejo
Price range: US$5 - US$15
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Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Owner/chef Israel Salazar continues to explore and expand the culinary options in Zihuatanejo. Using only first quality ingredients, he creates special dishes that are available nowhere else in town. Israel is widely known for his Thai creations, but he lavishes the same attention and care on his Mexican and Italian offerings. His attentive, bi-lingual floor staff, amazing food, and full bar will make any evening at El Murmullo one to remember.
Portland, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
537 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 706 helpful votes
“Our new FAVORITE restaurant in Zihuat”
Reviewed 15 March 2014

With only about a dozen tables, one chef and one waiter it is best to go early and then sit back and enjoy a relaxing, slow paced meal in this intimate setting.

Opened since 2010, the exciting, unique dishes will please any eater. You will see elements of Thai, Italian and Mexican and the ingredients are very fresh and as much as possible it is locally sourced ... you can taste the fresh flavors in each and every dish.

We selected a table on the street … fun for people watching but very accessible to various street vendors. You simply say no and shake your head and don’t make eye contact and they quickly move on.

A must have is one of their signature margaritas. The cucumber margarita was flavorful, light, refreshing and you can’t drink just one! I didn’t try the mango one, but heard it was also excellent. A nice chili rimmed glass and you’re on your way to a perfect meal.

We started off with the lightly seared Mahi Mahi sashimi appetizer. BRILLANT. The Caesar salad was also very good—crisp lettuce with a unique dressing. The garlic bread, served with the meal, and the salad dressing made a great combo. I couldn't help dipping the bread in my husbands dressing!

For the main courses, one entree was the Tequila Shrimp ($190p). Pan fried shrimp in butter with garlic, red onions, and mushrooms and Israel’s special sauce. The sauce was flavorful and light. It must have been superb since she refused to share!

Frutto Di Mare ($165p) was exceptional with fresh shrimp, fish and mussels prepared with a tomato and white wine sauce and served over spaghetti. There wasn't a morsel left by the end of the meal.

The final two dishes were Pad Thai (Chicken for $130p and Shrimp for $165p). The thicker rice noodle was lovely. The noodles are stir fried and mixed with fish and tamarind sauce, peanuts and bean sprouts. I simply loved this dish! I could have used a little more heat, but the flavor was extraordinary … you could smell the aroma of the fish sauce—transporting me back to Vietnam.

Sadly, we were too full for dessert, but I’m sure anything you order here would be first-rate. You can taste the LOVE that goes into each creation.

This restaurant is on a small side street behind the main square. At the end of the street, you can see one of the entrances to Coconuts … a great place for an after dinner drink.

  • Visited March 2014
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Cutchogue, New York
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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“Great Addition in Zihua”
Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

Interesting little restaurant in Zihuatenajo. Visited 3 times while recently on vacation in Ixtapa. Israel is a great host and an excellent chef. On one visit we had a party of eight, all whom were impressed by the service and the quality and variety of their meals. Try the steak or chicken witness the mushroom sauce or the Thai entrees. Remember to make reservations and take cash. It's a bit hard to find, but not far from a Zihua landmark 'Coconuts'.

Visited March 2014
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Tucson, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“El Murmullo has a Master Chef”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

I wish I would have found this place earlier on this vacation. WOW this Chef can cook! The Green Chicken Curry was just hot enough and full of flavor. Mahi appetizer was divine. Can't wait to return to have more dishes on the menu. Very nice presentation. My mouth is watering while writing this review. Oh yes I don't want to forget the excellant staff. Good group of guy's. Bravo Chef Israel!

  • Visited February 2014
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Tucson
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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“A very special restaurant!”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

Israel and his staff are charming and funny. Service is terrific, but the food is the draw. I had the best Pad Thai I have ever tasted. This place is a great break from the many fine Mexican restaurants in Zihuatanejo.

  • Visited February 2014
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MN
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“wonderful curry/mahi mahi”
Reviewed 20 February 2014

I had the red curry with mahi mahi and it was fantastic. My wife had the mahi mahi in saffron sauce which was amazing. The fish portion was small but the flavor made up for that. Great little place a block off of the marina.We were there on a busy Sunday night in February. The city was really alive that night and sitting outdoors on the sidewalk was really a fun experience. We will go back for sure next time.

Visited February 2014
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