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Ouzo: The International Food Scene in Santa Marta, Colombia


The ”Ouzo” restaurant in Santa Marta, Colombia. Credit: Facebook/Restaurante Ouzo

The popular Santander Park in Santa Marta, Colombia, hosts a large number of restaurants, however, one of them, the ”Ouzo” restaurant stands out. Locals say that Ouzo is the best option of Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of local Colombian taste.

Chef Michael McMurdo, the Creator of ”Ouzo”

The ”Ouzo” restaurant takes its name from the popular Greek drink. Chef and owner Michael McMurdo showed great passion for fine dining and different types of cuisines from a young age.

He started his career at the age of 19, graduated with honors from the Institute Culinary Education, and later managed to build a great reputation. This led to him working in New York City at the renowned Michelin star Greek Restaurant Anthos.

In 2011, together with his two partners, McMurdo opened Ouzo in the historic city-center of Santa Marta, the oldest city in Colombia. The main characteristic of this area is that a large number of tourists visit it every year. This made the Parque de los Novios the ideal place for the new business, allowing tourists to experience the Mediterranean cuisine and culture first-hand.

Ouzo Restaurant: A tribute to Greece and the Mediterranean

The drink ouzo comes from a dry Greek liqueur flavored with anise. It is widely consumed in Greece, and it has been associated with the Greeks for decades. It is made from spirits that have undergone a process of distillation and intense flavoring.

”At first, we adapted to our customers, we were just starting out and the restaurant was not very successful. After a while, we were able to modify the menu and make it more in line with the initial proposal, make it more Mediterranean, more Greek” Cesar Mera, the restaurant manager, told Greek Reporter en Espanol in an exclusive interview.

The restaurant in the summer. Credit: Facebook/Restaurante Ouzo 

The successful restaurant is about to turn 10 years old and as a celebration, they plan to hold an event on April 15, as a commemoration of their years of service, and success.

Next time you find yourself in the Caribbean, don’t forget to visit ”Ouzo” restaurant in Santa Marta and experience Greek food with a latin twist!

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