The photo is of a Japanese restaurant. I think that I will avoid that and stick with the bar and grill and Indian restaurant.
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For those seeking something a little bit special, Accra is home to some exceptional restaurants for haute cuisine. Predictably, some of the best are French, but Asian and Italian flavours are also served up from the capital's finest kitchens. Prices range from reasonable to budget-busting - be prepared - but if you're after fresh, expertly-crafted dishes, attractive surroundings and the chance to mix with Accra's elite, these spots are where to eat. Some of these places are seriously popular, so make sure to book where possible.
It’s been a while in the offing, but finally Bread & Wine has opened its doors and it’s been well worth the wait. Just giving a few examples of dishes will give you a clue to its heritage: Daube de boeuf, blanquette de veau, margret de canard and entrecote béarnaise with fries. Yes, this is unashamedly classic bistro cooking – and all the more welcome for it. Too many eateries in Ghana fear a single cuisine, but the team behind Bread & Wine have stayed true to their ideas and passions. The ingredients are top quality and the chef deftly turns out the classics from a reasonably large menu. As a result, it’s not cheap: off the a la carte menu is sole meuniere for GHc65 and GHc90 for a rack of lamb – it’s probably the most expensive restaurant in the country. The quality doesn’t subside earlier in the day (but the prices do). Breakfast, served from 9am, include eggs Benedict of course (GHc38) and various superb croissants (GHc6). The lunch menu includes club sandwiches, a brioche Croque Monsiuer and steak frites. There’s also a take away bakery as well.
Even from the opening, you tend to know when restaurant owners know what they are doing. The View Bar & Grill in Kumasi is one such place. Even before we get to the food and restaurant, the provenance is unbeatable in Ghana: Santoku, probably the best restaurant in the country right now. Now with The View, it has an inspired Anglo-French menu. Mains are delectable: crispy pork belly, bubble & squeak croquettes, braised cabbage and bacon with spiced apple (GHc58) or guinea fowl slow cooked leg and roast breast, butternut mash, red currant and rosemary (GHc50), and a variety of steaks, all alongside sides such as triple cooked chips and french beans with chilli and garlic. It's a modern menu that wouldn't seem out of place in an upmarket London gastropub. And in the lounge there are small bites including dry fried pork spare ribs, chilli, garlic and ginger and risotto croquettes and homemade relish. A lunch set menu brings the price down with two courses for GHC60. As with Santoku, drinks are just as important. And just like Santoku, the cocktails flawless – mind you they do stick to the classics here. The wine list has a good variety and some great French whites in particular. The space is brilliantly designed too – think Eames Eiffel Base Shell Chairs and dark hardwood floors. And yes, there's a leafy view. There are plans for live bands, DJs and a cigar menu – all to enjoy on its roof top terrace.
Yasmina’s specializes in fresh, authentic Lebanese cuisine. Choose from a colourful parade of traditional hot and cold appetisers (a sacred pillar of the Lebanese gastronomic experience), most notably: creamy, hand-made hummus, smoky moutabal prepared with fire-roasted aubergines, samkeh harra (this version of the classic spiced fish dish is dressed with a piquante tomato sauce and sprinkle golden, crispy onions ribbons), fragrant and refreshing fattoush and tabbouleh salads, batata harra (spicy potato cubes with a pungent smear of minced garlic), beautifully textured, mouth-watering kibbeh stuffed with ground lamb and whole pine nuts and makanek (tasty, moreish morsels of handmade baby lamb sausages). The charcoal grill has a wide selection of perfectly grilled meats, fish and seafood. We loved the succulent lamb chops and garlicky lamb and chicken kafta kebab. Finish your meal with an espresso and any one of the authentic homemade Lebanese desserts. Our favourites include: mougalhi (off menu) a gently sweetened, nutty wheat pudding spiced with cinnamon, a delicate, super rich riz bi halib (rice pudding served with an avalanche of crushed pistachios), osmaliyeh (riz bi halib topped with an elegant halo of nest pastry) and a decadent layered Lebanese custard with a thin biscuit layer. Alhough the wine list is limited, it offers some interesting choices, including Lebanese imports. The service is swift, attentive and knowledgeable, with an ambiance that is elegant but not pret
Santoku is the best restaurant in Ghana right now. There are other pretenders to the throne opening up soon, but the blend of incredible food, effortless service, and truly well-designed surroundings make this a cut above the rest. Firstly, the food. Think Nobu, and you’re just about there. In fact the team from Nobu London helped head chef Mohammed Ayres with the menu, and the results are excellent. Japanese chef Daisuke Yoshizaki creates beautiful looking plates of food, that deliver on the taste front too. Santoku’s signature dish is pan fried scallops with foie gras and orange tobiko – a stunning plate filled with the decadent flavour of the ingredients, yet fresh and light. The prawn tempura was light, allowing the prawn flavours to come through and the tuna and salmon sashimi with ginger, garlic and hot olive oil that just lightly cooked parts of the sashimi deepened the depth of flavour. Add in expertly mixed cocktails, design by Hubert de Givenchy (it’s all about the details), a seductive terrace and a bar that mixes some of the best cocktails in Accra (including the only place you can get sake), and it’s a heady and hedonistic combination. There’s also a private dining room that seats 18. ‘Santoku’ means innovation, and for Ghana, this restaurant really is.
Conveniently situated close to the centre of Osu, Buka is, without question, one of the best lunch spots in the city. More often than not it has the full tables to show for it. Set on the first floor, so there’s a sense of escape from the throng, with lively music and wraparound wooden trellises adding to the ambience. The food itself hinges largely on Ghanaian and Nigerian specialties – dishes include okra stew and eba (a dough ball eaten with stews). Service can slow down during busy lunches.
La Chaumiere’s sophisticated French dishes have been delighting Accra’s discerning diners for more than a decade. There is a smattering of North African flavours for good measure – find dishes such as grouper with harissa and mint yoghurt – the mainstay is classic French cuisine, from a crispy Nicoise salad and a wonderfully thick and sticky onion soup au gratin.
The Ghanaians are fans of Indian food, and Heritage often gets pointed to as one of the best curry houses in the capital. The atmosphere inside is elegant and quiet, with some fabulously detailed Indian carvings on display. The food is equally pleasing, authentic and spicy. Service is attentive, but relaxed.