Perhaps one of the most contentious categories, the best burger was hotly contested. But a winner was found.. and here is the winner and highly rated runners up.
Burger & Relish is Ghana’s first gourmet burger restaurant and cocktail bar – and what a place. The interior is vintage industrial design, quirky urban art and curiosities together to create an eclectic East London/Soho New York style vibe. If you enjoyed Meat Liqour or Honest Burger in London, you’ll be at home here. There has been careful attention paid from everything from the playlist to the drinks menu, to offer a good time vibe. The bar focuses on signature cocktails, especially rums. Spice Island is Havana three-year-old rum, ginger syrup, fresh pineapple, nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon juice and soda, while the brilliantly-named Lesser of 2 Weevils is Mahou Beer, ginger beer spiked with Havana three-year-old rum and Havana seven-year-old rum float. The non-alcoholic drinks are super refreshing too. But it’s the burgers everyone is talking about, especially the Smokin’ Jo, a quality beef patty with smoked crispy bacon, cheddar, the 14-spice house barbecue sauce and mayo. For sides? Well it’s worth coming for the deep fried pickles and blue cheese mayo alone. The Jollof Rice Balls with Shito mayo is are pretty special too.Vegetarians can get the chickpea and coriander patty with chimichuri, B&R slaw, garlic mayo, or perhaps the mushroom, onion and garlic burger. Such is the dedication to the burger cause, you’ll be given a questionnaire for your input in the quintessential ingredients that would make up the burger from your country and it’ll appear on the mnu. The Ghanaian In
From the leather bar seating to the tilework in the private dining room, the attention to detail in Coco Lounge is quite amazing. Local artist Nana Anoff has installed pieces alongside thoroughly modern and brave design touches, as you’d expect coming from the same stable as design store La Maison next door, which also curated the restaurant’s interior. The pizza oven is dressed up as an old Italian truck and a sight to behold. Incredible space for sure, so what about the food? The tight menu of mains includes sandwiches, burgers and fish and chips. Plus there’s a wide range of salad dishes, rice bowls and that wood-fired pizza. But what's really amazing is the price. For an experience like this, it's all very reasonably priced – popping in for a weekday lunch doesn't seem remotely extravagant. Oh, and don’t forget the home-made ice cream and cakes. The focus on detail continues through to the food – renowned New York chef Andrew DiCataldo has designed the menu as well as that of the flagship Urban Grill. Our burger was on a brioche (thank heavens), and the quinoa salad was loaded with dried fruit and nuts – an inviting sight. The dickie-bowed wait staff were attentive and kind. The cocktail list is also impressive. Meko Martini anyone? It’s Ketel One Vodka with Ghanaian chili. Pow!
Champs is back! After a brief flirt with being called The Lexington, the bar has become Champs again. It now offers an international menu, wide coverage of all major sporting events on eight large screens TV and four project screens and a wide selection of regular events organised entertainment events, a quiz night every Thursday, regular live music, Thursday Quiz Night, Accra DJs such as DJ Black, DJ KillerFingers, DJ Big L and DJ Vision and a Friday karaoke competition. The Stellar Group that runs it hopes to return the bar to the good old days of Champs. Champs. Champs Sports Bar & Grill can also be found in Takoradi at Stellar Lodge and will soon open in Lagos on Victoria Island.There’s also a Champs Sports Bar & Grill in Takoradi at Stellar Lodge and there will be a new Champs opening in Lagos this month. A full review will be uploaded in mid-May.The Accra Champs is located in the Paloma Hotel Complex on the Ring Road. FB: Champs Sports Bar & GrillTwitter:@ChampsGHAccra
Great French food, a wine cellar, a beautiful location, real croissants made by a French pastry chef – what’s not to like? This is a serious set-up. The bakery alone will no doubt be marked out as the best in Ghana. As well as the bakery and a beautiful pool bar area, the main restaurant is set in a fabulously appointed dining room inside a colonial building and shows real attention to detail – the tables and light fittings are from an old French railway station bistro, a cooler keeps the wines at the perfect temperature and the bar mixes great classic cocktails. Bread & Wine is even open for breakfast. Thought you couldn’t get a good eggs benny in Ghana? Alongside the classic and salmon versions of Eggs Benedict, there’s also full English, cereals and superb buttermilk pancakes. There’s a new menu across the board now. A ‘Gourmet Street Food’ menu works well for lunches and includes French classics such as croques-monsieur and a club sandwich alongside a rib-eye burgers and smoked brisket in a bun. There are also kebabs and salads. It’s the à la carte menu however why gourmands come to Bread & Wine. Entreés include pan fried scallops with a lemon and smoked leek purée and smoked chicken salad. Seafood options include grilled grouper and sole meunière, and there are meaty mains such as grilled duck breast and lamb chops with honey, rosemary and confit plums. And as you’d expect from having a well-regarded French pastry chef in the kitchen, the ever-changing dessert menu is
Backed by 16 acres of palm-studded grounds and a sweeping azure pool, Accra’s luxury bolthole is certainly living up to its hype. Waiters on in-line skates glide across the gleaming patio, supplying fresh snacks and icy drinks to holidaymakers stretched out on loungers around the pool. An onsite luxury shopping centre is filled with high-end goods, from catwalk fashions at Fifth Avenue to Afrocentric art at Joe’s Perspective. Elsewhere, Sankofa restaurant pleases with an array of international flavours, and the one2one cocktail lounge expertly whips up any requested tipple. There’s a little deli by the shopping galleries, and the restaurant is becoming popular too. It’s also worth saying that the breakfast is one of the best in the city right now. Don’t miss the massage here, whether you’re staying or not!
This new venue is a great addition to the Labone eating scene. It is the kind of place that takes the marbling of its beef very carefully and therefore the kind of place we like. The gourmet burgers are a popular choice, but the reassuringly limited menu also includes local fish such as grouper and lobster, as well as dishes such as milanesa, rosemary chicken and chicken satay. The aforementioned marbled beef cuts are from Australian Black Angus. Sides of green salad, French fries and market vegetables are extra. Also try the ceviche if it’s on. There are sandwiches at lunchtime.