Ghanaian food is delicious, there are enough sauce/gravy/meat/rice/fufu combinations to make even the pickiest eater’s mouth water. From grilled fish to stewed chicken and everything in between, the TSTMKRS tour crew ate our share of West African food throughout the #decemberinghana experience.
However, over the course of a 10-day trip, we had to check out some of the newest additions to Accra’s budding restaurant scene. Enter Burger & Relish, a gourmet burger joint and cocktail bar owned by British restauranteur and Accra transplant Marcus Etty.
Marcus is one of the forces behind the legendary Santoku and a few other well-known restaurants in Accra, but Burger & Relish is his solo debut. Having opened just this past November, we were excited to check out this vibrant, funky place.
Tucked away on a quiet side street in Osu, Accra’s bustling business district for shopping and entertainment, you are immediately struck by the architecture of the restaurant.
The sprawling wood patio is dominated by clean lines and modern white seating while large floor to ceiling windows open the facade of the restaurant to passers-by, putting the chic decor and international crowd in full view of potential diners.
We were greeted by an outdoor host who ushered our group of 15 inside while showering the ladies of the group with compliments — a nice touch. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations but we were able to place a call ahead to let them know we were coming and were seated immediately.
Once we were seated, we were greeted by a server who took our drink orders. The first thing I noticed — “alcoholic milkshakes!” The Chocolate Honeycomb is amazing with a shot of bourbon in it.
B & R has a pretty extensive beer selection with a mix of Ghanaian and international speciality brews. They even include two kinds of cider, local fave Savannah and Aspall Cider from the UK. Our drinks came quite quickly and were chilled to perfection something to rave about in a place where ice is at a premium.
I must admit, my expectation was that the food would be good for Accra, not necessarily great by international standards, but I am glad to be proven completely wrong. I’ll start with the first surprise, the amazing vegetarian burger.
Being a non-meat-eater in West Africa is not the easiest thing in the world but our veggie diners were more than satisfied with B & R’s take. Ground chickpeas, spices, mushrooms and other veggies were complimented by the restaurants’ signature toasted buns.
The rest of the group ordered a range of burgers from the Smokin Jo (BBQ + Bacon), to the Thai Chicken Burger, to the Lamburgbini. Each burger was incredibly moist, well seasoned, and complemented by perfectly crisp, golden french fries. It rivalled any gourmet burger place in NYC or London with no exaggeration. We had a little snafu with an un-honoured coupon but the evening manager Jeff took care of that with a small discount on our bill.
I had the chance to speak with Marcus after our experience and he is the epitome of “a great restaurant begins with a great owner”. He called us personally to address the coupon issue and talk a bit more about what we were up to in Accra. You don’t get that sort of attention to customer service in many places, let alone in Accra.
We highly recommend a visit to Burger & Relish while you are in Accra — it’s a great place to pre-game, have a good meal, and connect with the city’s movers and shakers.
Burger & Relish
Address: 14th Lane, Osu
Phone number: +233 540 121 356