Several neighbors and expats in Sabaneta had recommended to me La Esquina Mediterránea (The Mediterranean Corner), which is a small neighborhood restaurant that I finally tried recently.
It turns out this small restaurant is considered by many locals in the area to have the best lasagna in Sabaneta, which potentially could even be one of the best lasagnas to be found in Medellín.
La Esquina Mediterránea is owned by an American from Seattle who lives near the restaurant. The owner is an experienced chef who previously owned a restaurant and wine store in the States.
The owner acquired the restaurant over two years ago and enjoys living in Sabaneta.
The owner of La Esquina Mediterránea is also currently looking for a partner for opening an upscale restaurant in El Poblado or possibly Laureles.
My Recent Experience at La Esquina Mediterránea
I happened to be near this small Mediterranean-style restaurant recently at lunchtime and decided to try it out for the first time. Since several locals had recommended the lasagna, I ordered the meat lasagna.
The ingredients were fresh and the lasagna was cooked perfectly and was very tasty.
Since the restaurant is located in Sabaneta, which typically has lower costs than ritzier El Poblado, the cost of the lasagna was very reasonable, only 12,000 pesos ($3.88).
My impression is that La Esquina Mediterránea is a small local restaurant in Sabaneta that has many regular local customers but not many foreigners have yet discovered it.
This small neighborhood restaurant has the best lasagna I have tried in the Medellín metropolitan area.
The menu at La Esquina Mediterránea
The menu at the restaurant primarily has several Italian dishes including lasagna, pizzas and several pasta options. Lasagna with either meat or chicken costs 12,000 pesos.
The pizzas cost 18,000 pesos for a six-portion pizza. The pizza options include Bacon, Meats, Chicken with Mushrooms, Hawaiian and Vegetarian. The several pasta options each cost 16,000 pesos for a large or 12,000 pesos for a medium portion.
On the menu are also a few other options including dishes from France, Russia and Greece. For example, the Beef Stroganoff costs 16,000 pesos and shish kebabs cost 14,000 pesos.
In addition the menu has several appetizers including fish cakes, beans, meatballs, Italian bread and salads.
The menu also includes several drinks including juices, sodas, beers and white and red wines.
How to Get There
La Esquina Mediterránea is located in Sabaneta about six blocks from the popular Parque Sabaneta and Iglesia de Santa Ana.
The small restaurant is also located two blocks from Pizza en Leña, which is a small pizzeria with the best pizza in Sabaneta.
The easiest way to get to Parque Sabaneta is to take the Medellín metro south to the Sabaneta station. The park is located a 10-minute walk east from the metro station.
There are also frequent buses that run from the Sabaneta metro station to Parque Sabaneta, which is near to where Pizza en Leña is located. The cost is only 1,800 pesos ($0.58).
Or you can ask any taxi driver in Medellín to take you to “Parque Sabaneta,” just about every taxi driver will know where it is.
It is relatively safe to walk from the metro station to Parque Sabaneta as there are many people on the streets during the day, or you can take the short bus ride.
The bottom line is if you happen to be in Sabaneta and craving some good food, La Esquina Mediterránea is a recommended local neighborhood restaurant.