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Head to Zaitun for Colombian-Lebanese Fusion


Just under two decades ago, Zaitun opened it’s doors in Barranquilla and within no time at all, owner and chef Alex Quessep has grown it into a local institution. It’s no surprise that patrons keep coming back again and again; like the menu, the servings are enormous, and each dish packs a wallop of tantalizing flavor.

According to Alex, of Syrian-Lebanese ancestry, the food he serves is what he remembers eating as a child; home-cooked food typical to the Caribbean and to Mediterranean cultures. Says Alex, “the Arab culinary experience in Colombia has transformed into a statement of cultural richness”. At each of his quaint restaurants along the coast and within the interior of Colombia, Quessep treats patrons to a wide variety of delectable dishes, drawing distinct flavors from across the planet such as coconut milk, cilantro, mint, cumin, aromatic herbs, and achotado oil; everything you’d expect of a restaurant serving up Caribbean Mediterranean.

Weaving together exotic flavors and fresh ingredients, Zaitun is the perfect place for meat-connoisseurs and vegetarians alike. In addition to a variety of fish and juicy steaks, Chef Quessop offers a wide selection of original recipe salads characterized by an abundance of vegetables and spices, fruit-juices, nuts, cheeses and sauces, tossing in Middle Eastern favorites like falafel and kibbeh.

Perfectly complementing the great food, Zaitun’s artistically-designed interiors are refreshing and tasteful, creating a peaceful ambiance perfectly for social gatherings.

Zaitun has two locations in Barranquilla:
1. Cra 51b #85-74 For reservations, call: 57(5) 378-6660
2. Plaza de Parque 



Canadian entrepreneur based in Barranquilla with his husband and 3 four-legged kids. Originally in global vendor management, Mike has spent the last 15 years in LATAM and now has several projects on the go, including Barranquilla Now and Urban English. These days, life is all about family and living La Gozadera!


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