In Globetrotter Originals’ “People & Spaces”, we go behind the doors of Z Kitchen in Lagos, Nigeria.
To know Z Kitchen is to know the human behind the restaurant: Executive chef and owner Ziad Beydoun. “This space is basically our personality fitted into a space,” he told Globetrotter. By “our,” Ziad was referring to himself and his wife, with whom he founded the restaurant together.
Originally from Lebanon, the couple made a life-changing decision to move to Africa in search of new opportunities. “It was the scariest move in my life,” Ziad said. “My wife and I put every single dime we had, and snatched a few dollars and cents from friends, and built this space from the ground up.”
They set their eyes on Lagos, a city with a “diverse market.” Ziad responds to the diversity with a similarly varied and evolving menu. He takes inspirations from different countries he and his wife have lived in, from Vietnam all the way to Spain.
Listen to our conversation!