Where to find international cuisine in Accra
Time Out recommends the best places to eat without borders - the top tier in Accra's cosmopolitan dining scene
© Daniel Neilson
Over the centuries foreign influences have seeped into Ghanaian culture - from its days as a West African hub for trade with Europe in the 1400s right through to the colonial era and beyond. This cosmopolitan outlook is reflected in its capital city's restaurant scene, where, in the early 21st century, international cuisine is flourishing. Here are Time Out's recommendations on the best restaurants to find the best non-local delicacies...
- Price band: 3/4
- Critics choice
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.
- Ground Floor, Azure, Villagio Vista, Tetteh Quarshie Interchange, Near African Regent
- Critics choice
On the former location of Champs, The Lexington is a swish new ‘concept bar and restaurant’. It specialises in (excellent) cocktails, but it also does some fine food, including breakfasts. The dinner menu (from 5pm) has several salad and sandwich options, but the mains are more impressive with dishes including the classic of British gastropubs, including beer battered sole fillet and seared beef fillet which has been sourced from South Africa – the burger is fantastic. The light bites menu is also very good. The dishes are GH¢12 each and a couple would suffice. You’ll find a mini cheese board with cornichons (perfect for that expertly-mixed dry martini and spicy chicken wings, but the small sliders are sensational – a juicy beef patty in a bun made in house. Wow). We’re also pretty excited about the breakfast menu that has Eggs Benedict (or Florentine) and Huevos Rancheros, plus some ‘breakfast cocktails’. The Lexington is a very welcome option for eating (and drinking) in Accra.
- 40 Ring Road Central, behind Paloma Hotel
- Price band: 2/4
- Critics choice
In one of the most prestigious spots in the city, overlooking the Polo Club’s field, Il Cavaliere Pazzo rises to the occasion. It’s also one of the most impressive buildings in Accra, making effective use of wood, both on the interior and exterior. It’s refreshingly understated – the polo field is the focal point. Up the elegant wooden staircase is the principal dining area, with windows overlooking the field, but to get closer to the action there’s a balcony. The menu is unswervingly Italian, with genuine risottos, gnocchi and ravioli with spinach and ricotta.
- Accra Polo Club, Liberation Road, Airport
These three upmarket eateries in one, all are likely to leave you happily replenished. Monsoon’s centrepiece is its swanky bar – a plush spot that wouldn’t look out of place in any city. The main à la carte selection offers a good choice of seafood and meat options, while on the outside terrace there’s access to two smaller eateries – a sushi parlour and a teppanyaki restaurant.
- 41 Cantonments Road (Oxford Street), above Osu Food Court