Amadaa Fried plantain
Ampesi Plantain and yam
Gari Cassava dried or grated
Momone Sun-dried fish
BREAKFAST & SNACKS
Ekwei bemi Boiled sweet corn kernels
Koko Corn or millet porridge with milk or sugar
Nuhuu Cocoyam porridge
Rice water Rice pudding
Abenkwain Palm nut soup
Fufu Pounded yam, cassava or plantain
Gari foto A cassava and egg dish mixed with other ingredients
Groundnut soup Spicy stew with meat or fish
Jollof rice Spicy rice with meat or chicken
Kelewele Spicy fried plantain
Kenkey Steamed fermented cornflour balls
Klako Deep-fried plantain dough
Kokonte Cassava dish
Kontomire Cocoyam leaves
Kyinkyinga Beef with vegetable sauce
Omo tuo Mashed rice balls with stew or soup
Palava sauce Spinach or leaf sauce
Red red Spicy bean stew
Shito Hot pepper sauce, sometimes with prawn or fish
Suya Spicy kebab
Tatale Pounded and fried
Waakye Rice and red beans, often with meat, fish and spicy sauce
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.
Enjoy authentic Ghanaian cuisine in a modern atmosphere at The Chop Bar. With all the mouthwatering Ghanaina dishes on the menu, you won't be disappointed. Reasonably priced and with great service, the Chop Bar is a great lunch spot. Be sure to visit. Its Chop Time! You're Invited!
There are two branches of Maquis Tante Marie. The newer is in Accra Mall, but the original Labone branch is the most atmospheric. All the seating is open-sided and the tasteful bamboo furniture and bright yellow tablecloths add to the exotic vibe of the place. The menu is definitively African with authentic dishes predominantly from Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, such as tilapia and banku, nyama choma (grilled, spiced meat, usually mutton) and fish yassa (grilled in a tangy lemon marinade). It’s a great place for some traditional West African food. Other location Accra Mall (0224 322 5181).
This popular restaurant often has live bands, including highlife musicians. The food’s good, but the music’s better. Many sets start off with a mixture of reggae, and other (random) hits before returning with a highlife set that gets everyone up and dancing. The musicianship is usually excellent.
More of a street stall, Katawodieso is almost legendary in Accra. Run by the matriarch Ruby Duff-Tay and her sisters, it serves traditional Ghanaian food. Within a courtyard are bubbling pots of banku, fufu and jollof rice. The speciality here, however, is waakye – a dish of refried beans, rice, spicy sauce, some well-cooked meat and a bit of fish, usually eel. Walk in, take a seat if there is room, or order in the kiosk from one of the smartly dressed waitresses and see what arrives. The restaurant has been at this location for a quarter of a century and is known by everyone in Accra.
You would have thought, judging by the government officials, the occasional tribal leader and the Reverend Jesse Jackson (whose picture in the restaurant hangs in pride of place) that Country Kitchen is an upmarket joint. However, the main appeal here is hearty home cooking that remains true to Ghanaian classics. The atmosphere is as relaxed as the staff, but the food is freshly cooked. Fufu, banku and jollof rice each come with a choice of chicken, beef, mutton or fish, usually ‘red fish’. The larger grilled tilapia comes with banku, a bowl of water, washing up liquid and a lack of cutlery. It offers a take-away and delivery service.