The Coco Lounge opens in Icon House, a new three-storey building with some of Ghana’s most high end restaurants, retail spaces and the Whisky Mist’s nightclub all under one roof.The ground floor is the setting for The Coco Lounge, a café-style environment and cocktail lounge-bar, open for breakfast, throughout the day and into the night for relaxed dining, coffee and cakes, cocktails, wine and draught beers. The double-volume space includes dramatic features such as a long bar and hanging art displays (all by award winning architects Graven Images), and the ground floor area also offers inspirational shopping at La Maison, an interior lifestyle boutique.
Burger & Relish Osu, Accra, Ghana
Burger & Relish
Located in central Osu and launching in November, Burger & Relish will be Ghana’s first gourmet burger restaurant and cocktail bar. The interior will bring vintage industrial design, urban art and curiosities together to create an eclectic East London/Soho New York style vibe. It’s a day and evening venue for families, and has a play area and baby changing room. It will also be a hot spot in town for late night revelers with DJs and bands playing vintage funk, soul and blues. B&R serves favourite classics, as well as signature burgers such as Smokin Joe (secret house BBQ marinade, cheese sauce, crispy smoked bacon and homemade pickles with rosemary salt fries), Seoul Burger (soy sauce glazed beef pattie, gochujang mayonnaise, asian coleslaw and shichimi seasoned tempura vegetables) and Thai Chicken Burger (ginger, coriander & chilli with homemade sweet chilli sauce and lime mayo). The bar focuses on signature cocktails, specialising in rums and there’s a broad range of beers, as well as milkshakes and floats.
Bistro 22, Accra, Ghana
This new venue is a great addition to the Labone eating scene. It is the kind of place that takes the marbling of their beef very carefully and therefore the kind of place we like. The gourmet burgers are a popular choice, but the reassuringly limited menu also inclides local fish including grouper and lobster, as well as dishes such as milanesa, rosemary chicken and chicken satay. The afroementioned marbled beef is an 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.
GHC20 express lunch at Yardbird, Accra, Ghana
Yard Bird mixes American-style diner food with Ghanaian spice within a funky environment in a new restaurant concept (just opened in August 2014). The menu will feature chicken, fried and blended with Yard Bird’s very own spice shake, accompanied by sides such as spicy rice, cornbread, crispy fried okra and Creole black-eyed peas, plus house cocktails ranging from fresh lemonade to alcoholic Moonshine milkshakes. In a fun twist, guests can enjoy games of table football and make use of the Yard Bird photo booth to have pictures placed on the Wall of Memories or text the Secret DJ app to hear their favourite track played on the juke box. This will be the first of two branches. This restaurant is from the same developers as Santoku so we’d imagine it will also have the same quality service and ingredients.
Italian chef Roberto Farumi has been working for more than 35 years in his homeland, and now he’s brought his expertise and good taste to Gusto, a new restaurant linked to the excellent La Villa Boutique Hotel. The menu is reassuringly Italian-focused (not sullied by other ‘continental’ options on the menu), as is the wine list. Speaking to Farumi, it’s clear the ingredients are key and he spends time sourcing the best Ghanaian produce (fish is a great option) and importing the essentials (parmesan, olive oil).
La Piazza & Pinocchio
One of the newest spots in Osu is La Piazza and Pinocchio, a pleasant complex that encompasses an ice cream parlour, an outdoor seating area for pizzas and an inside restaurant. The parlour has plenty of different ice cream flavours – we can vouch for the double chocolate – but it’s also a nice place to sit with a coffee and check your emails. The outdoor courtyard is a lovely little space, with a full view of the wood-fired oven that produces a range of topping-laden pizzas – request a thin crust. There’s also a selection of pastas, meat and fish dishes. If it’s a bit too warm, head inside to the air-conditioned restaurant, which has a separate Italian-inspired menu.
La Tante DC-10 Restaurant
There’s no missing this remarkable restaurant project: it’s set inside a DC-10 aeroplane that long stood derelict opposite Marina Mall. It’s now been given a brand new lick of paint (in green Club Beer branding) and a complete overhaul inside. Climb the steps and get ready for take-off. It’s been tastefully done using real airline seats and feels remarkably spacious – you certainly wouldn’t confuse it for being on the red-eye to Heathrow. The menu is Ghanaian: grilled tilapia, garden egg stew, palm nut stew and the like, but at around GH¢35 a main it’s not the cheapest– you do pay for the novelty.
Kaya is a fascinating proposition that includes a spa and detox, cocktail bar, grill, restaurant and design gallery. It is set in a beautiful colonial building and a large, lush tropical garden. There are two dining options, plus a terrace snack bar. The Lobster & Champagne Grill (launched in October) will be in a newly-refurbished summer hut. Inside the house, there will be a fine dining restaurant and will serve a delicate menu based on organic delicacies, fresh seafood, depending on seasonal and local produce availability. During the day, lunch or afternoon tea is served and draws heavily on an organic garden for vegetables, herbs and spices. There’s also a wellbeing centre that can provide healthy and drink food options.