Experiencing Ghana’s Buka restaurant
The trip to James Town had left us all famished and arguably no other restaurant in town could do our appetites justice as Accra’s Buka restaurant. Located a few minutes walking distance from the Oxford street and about a 7 minute drive from the Osu night market Buka restaurant had garnered a fearsome reputation as a must experience in Accra.
A few months ago I had taken a couple of friends there only to realise it was closed on Sundays when we got there. Our disappointment somehow dissipated as we quickly made a decision to eat at another of Accra’s finest restaurants nearby, Chez Clarisse was more than an adequate replacement. It did not disappoint!
From the moment we entered into the compound of Buka restaurant the compliments from my guests began to flow. The ornately decorated wooden structure had been nicely done. The entrance from the rather large car park was intricate but spoke volumes of African architectural ingenuity.
The entrance had nicely detailed and well thought out decorational pieces both on the slightly formal lawn area and in the form of hanging multi coloured steel buckets. There was also a rather interesting looking vehicle tyre feature to gawp at.
There was a spacious ground floor eating area, however, we chose to dine on the first floor, the more popular dining area.
As we got to the top of the stairs two receptionists greeted us warmly and one led us to our table. This was an impressive dining area enveloped by mocha painted bamboo as cladding. Even though it was hot outside there was plenty of breeze where we sat.
The bar was small but next to it was a good sized grill area. My favourite bit in this space had to be the ornamental iron chairs and decorative tables. The space could have done without a couple of tables to allow easier movement but all in all we couldn’t help but to be impressed.
I ordered ground nut soup (peanut soup) with banku. My Dad and James ordered Fetri Detsi with banku while Matthew went for Kontomire stew with boiled yam.
The service was top notch. The food was good but my favourite had to be the sobolo (the bissap drink). It was the first time I had had sobolo. Given I chose sobolo over every other drink at an engagement party two days later, tells me I am sold.
James managed to finish his food and raided ours under the pretext of “tasting” to see what they were like. He actually managed to garner a compliment from the waitress who must have been shocked at the way in which he demolished the crab that came with his Fetri Detsi.
The Buka experience lasted for an hour or so after which we sneakily took a look round their private dining areas. There were three that we saw and all ranged in sizes with the largest about 20 by 15 feet. Again they were nicely done up with some rather eye popping African themed paintings.
The prices, given its reputation for being a leader in African cuisine, its location in a quiet residential area and great ambience was very good. We spent just over a 100 GH cedis (30 – 40 dollars) on food and soft drinks (sobolo mainly) plus another 20 GH cedis on take away. If you are a connoisseur of West African cuisine, especially Nigerian and Ghanaian then the Buka experience is a must!