Accra Series: Dinner & Dance at Accra’s Coco Lounge
Hi guys! I’m so excited to be doing my second restaurant review on the Accra series for summer 2017. But before we get into that, I want to tell you a little bit about my family. I have three amazing sisters, I live in grey London with one and the other two have the opportunity to live in sunny Accra. We have a tradition whenever we are in Accra for the holidays that involves choosing a place for breakfast and then a typical girls night out for drinks and dancing. I look forward to these separate events because it gives us a chance to really catch-up on life, laugh at our childhood memories and dance our challenges away. When selecting the breakfast venue we usually focus on pretty and colourful spaces with lots of light but most importantly a great menu. Where I’m from if the menu does not include an English breakfast, it doesn’t get a tick. For our dinner venue, it’s pretty simple; great music and finger foods.
So what’s the point of this story? Well, I’m surprised that this year we found one venue that made us put on our dancing shoes and filled us up the next morning too. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you CoCo Lounge. Truth be told I’ve been to the Coco Lounge a number of times but I found a new appreciation for it this vacation. It has the amazing ability to transform from a loud, party space at night to a serene and friendly atmosphere in the morning. I suggest you make a reservation if you plan to dine over the weekend but if you are as spontaneous as my sisters and I then be prepared to wait about 25-30 minutes for a seat at their sister company, Urban Grill which is a bonus in itself.
What I love about the interior at the Coco Lounge is its uniqueness. No matter where I am in the world, I can see a picture of Coco Lounge and identify it. I look forward to their ceiling covered in big feather chandeliers, the loud music and a very busy bar which is code language for “tonight’s gonna be a good night”! We had a platter with mini chicken wings, pizza and chicken quesadilla. One thing that stands out about Coco Lounge is their staff, I have never seen a group of employees so happy to be working as the team at Coco Lounge. To be honest, they seemed to be having more fun than their customers which was both refreshing and infectious.
I came across their menu the night before and was fascinated about eating waakye at a place like CoCo Lounge. I wondered if it will be authentic or come with a twist. To make matters even more interesting it was named “fried waakye”. I guess my curiosity made me show up at their door early Saturday morning and I must admit I wasn’t disappointed.
Unfortunately my morning started on a “not so good note” when the supervisor gave us an attitude when I asked for my juice to be topped up after filling it with ice. I believe that Coco Lounge isn’t the average place Ghanaians will go for breakfast and so the service must match the price. Thankfully, the manager on duty apologised and quickly made it up to us.
I’m already planning my visit to Coco Lounge because I need to have that breakfast pizza I didn’t get a chance to try. See you soon with the next post on my Accra Series.