If you have never been to Accra before there are several restaurants that provide a touch of the region while not surprising you so much that you book a flight out of there the next day. This is Africa where different spices are used that will surely surprise and mystify you. A few places to grab a good bite that will fuel you right through a day of sightseeing or into an evening of cavorting include.
It’s a great dirty spoon in Accra that maintains its down home style while at least providing a few refinements like sufficient seating, printed menus, and cutlery – though for the latter you may need to ask for it. A good option here is one of their many soups; there is a hearty ground nut soup or a light tomato based soup. Always present is a lively sound track blasting from old speakers set in the corner. High vented ceilings keep the African heat out during the day time.
The Country Kitchen is located in the Ringway Estate area which is an enclave for wealthy Ghanaians and civil servants. One of the house specialties is Omo tuo which is rice balls in groundnut soap. If you come here on Sunday there are plenty of chances for some good people watching as it gets totally packed from the nearby church.
Maquis Tante Marie
Maquis Tante is a lovely garden restaurant in the affluent Labone district. This restaurant is popular for slightly more upscale dining with people going on a date or wealthier families dining out. The menu is fairly extensive and offers items from all over West Africa. Some of examples of great Western cuisine include waakye – a mix of beans and rice served with grilled meat, and pepper sauce, and Gari Foto – which is a spiced cassava chips described as “Ghanaian Coucscous”.
Blue Gate – Osu
Blue Gate has a nice environment complete with an airy upstairs bar overlooking Mission Street complete with pool tables and a terrace out front. There is a small terrace that is always cooking up chicken and fish on the barbeques beside it. Eat your meat with your hands and do it the African way.
Home Touch – Labadi
A friendly eatery that offers a few Ghanese favourites like belting light soup that has chili peppers in a spicy broth. Also try akrantie which is a unique Ghanese vegetable that is also put into the soup.