Thousands of people cast their votes in the Time Out Accra Rate Your City campaign. One of the categories was for an Accra favourite: sushi. Here are the results
Despite some stiff competition, not least of all from the same group in the form of Urban Grill, Santoku remains Ghana’s best restaurant, if not West Africa’s (wealthy people from Lagos have been known to fly over for dinner). It’s a world-class experience with the best staff and a blend of well-executed and inventive Japanese dishes that go well beyond the sushi and sashimi dishes (although these are fabulous). It was originally set up by a Nobu London executive chef and it’s stayed along these lines. Highlights include slow-cooked beef fillet with spicy den miso and ponzu and smoked whisky-marinated beef Kushiyaki with Jaku sauce and black garlic. Wow. It’s not cheap, but the lunchtime set meals offer a pretty good deal. Santoku also serves some of the best cocktails in town, including ‘saketinis’, best enjoyed on their new, supercool terrace. There’s a private dining room that seats up to 20 people.
Three eateries in one, all of which are likely to leave you happily replenished. Monsoon’s centrepiece is its bar, a reasonably plush spot that wouldn’t look out of place in any city, and its main à la carte selection offers a good choice of seafood and meat options. On the outside terrace, meanwhile, there’s access to two smaller eateries – a sushi parlour and a teppanyaki restaurant. Its central location makes it a good place to start a night out.
Rockafella's accra, a well established restaurant in Osu, can easily be described as one of the best restaurants in town. Offering a range of international cuisine,ranging from ribs to pasta to sushi, there is definitley something for everyone. The Sushi is particular is a hit with most clients and a must try for all sushi lovers. In addition to the relaxed atmosphere and choices on the menu, Rockafella's is suitbale for family meals with the kids and large parties.
Firstly, let’s get the sushi out of the way. It’s good. Really good. The sushi chef knows what he’s doing – that much is clear. However, it’s across the rest of the Asian fusion menu where the creativity begins to shine. The crispy salmon takes the often indistinct texture of ceviche and cleverly added a tempura-style crunch packed with flavor. Elsewhere, the Lobster Thermidor is pure indulgence and easily one of the best in the city. Other highlights include the seafood ceviche and the carpaccio-like Beef Tataki. The actual venue itself is a bit of a conundrum on paper, but works brilliantly well in reality – as its popularity attests. It is a big place located above Yasmina’s by Marina Mall and luxuriously decked out. There’s a long bar serving well-blended cocktails, a live band on Fridays and DJs at other times. People tend to come for a drink, wander over to the table for a long dinner and then return to the bar, or order another bottle of champers (it’s that kind of place) and stick around. It’s a goodtime place, but Soho should, first and foremost, be considered a restaurant. Late on, the music means the place can be really jumping. Roll up early, eat and leave late – and happy.
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 popular Labone eatery houses a sports bar and lounge with banquette seating, a large projector and a stack of TVs, as well as the main restaurant. There’s now a teppanyaki bar indoors. It also has a pleasant outdoor patio and an indoor restaurant. The food in the café area starts from 7am with breakfast, and it’s open until late serving salads, fajitas, platters and all manner of chicken dishes.