Bienvenidos a ZEST, a restaurant where community, culture and local flavors mix with a relaxed atmosphere to celebrate Puerto Rican cuisine. Created by award-winning Chef Raúl Correa, ZEST serves a globally inspired casual menu influenced by iconic local dishes and using hand-picked ingredients from our farming community.
A warm, vibrant décor combining the elements—earth, wind, fire and water— complemented with a permanent collection by the Puerto Rican artist Lex Tirado, creates a sociable ambiance where you can enjoy delicious culinary delights and a creative selection of well-crafted cocktails and wines.
Chef Raúl Correa
Raúl Correa Soto has been in the kitchen for over 18 years. He began his culinary journey as Kitchen Supervisor at the Marriott Hotel and Casino, working his way up quickly through the ranks to Executive Chef at some of the finest hotels in Puerto Rico, including the legendary Normandie Hotel, thanks to his strong leadership skills and excellent ability to work as part of a team.
His knowledge of local and international cuisine as well as every aspect of kitchen operation and restaurant management made him a top consultant at Boutique Cuisine Catering and Kitchen Management from 2009-2011. This year he also became Chef-Instructor at Puerto Rico’s renowned Escuela Hotelera, until taking over at The Water Beach Hotel’s culinary operations as Executive Chef. Mr. Correa was also the 2008 Cattlemen’s Chef Challenge Champion, and is a collaborator for El Nuevo Día’s “Por Dentro” Food Section and Primera Hora.
Correa has adopted the most innovative cooking techniques, which led him to be nominated among the top 100 innovative chefs in the U.S. for the “The People’s Best New Chef 2013” of the prestigious FOOD & WINE® magazine.
PUERTO RICO RESTAURANT WEEK™ DINNER MENU
Choose one for each course
Boursin Cheese / Aioli
Prosciutto / Tomato Marmalade / Local Goat Cheese / Arugula
OLIVE OIL POACHED SALMON
Cream of Kale
7oz DRY AGED STRIP LOIN
BUTTERNUT SQUASH AU POIVRE
Coconut Milk Peppercorn Sauce, Yuca Frites (Vegan)
WARM CHOCOLATE CAKE
Basil Ice Cream
Guava Curd / Berries Salad
*Does not include tax or tip
Local ingredients: local goat cheese , viandas (root vegetables), yuca, guava