I am staying in East Legon, less than 10 minutes away from The Venue. Based on the reviews here, I decided that it was worth paying for a cab to check the place out. I would recommend doing the same.
The place is hard to find, but my hotel clerk called the restaurant, and they explained the location to the driver who then had no trouble finding it. There is some seating on the patio, but when you enter, the first thing you see when you enter is the bar straight ahead. Most of the indoor seating is to the right; the decor includes an emphasis on dark wood and light-colored walls, with a mix of Ghanaian and European decorations.
What I noticed most was the warm but not overwhelming welcome I got. I was seated right away, and asked immediately what I wanted to drink. My beer (Club, on draft) came immediately. Automatic points! The service continued to be responsive but not smothering. Also worth noting is that bar patrons kept streaming in, and the crowd there (6-10 people I think) were clearly having a good time; not loud but if you were to seat at the bar I think it would be easy to meet the other patrons.
After asking some questions about the menu that were answered to my satisfaction (more points - knowledgeable service) I ordered the seafood brochettes. While waiting for them, olive oil and fresh, warm flatbread were delivered to the table. Unfortunately, I was not very hungry and so didn't dig into the bread right away. The server noticed and asked me if there sincerely was something wrong with the bread. I made a point to try the bread and I'm glad I did. I only wish I had a dining partner to eat some of it!
The brochettes were nice, maybe a little more well-done than I would have liked. On the plate were a small salad, sauteed potatoes (5 cedi extra - normally comes rice or chips), and one brochette each of shrimp, king klip, and squid. Like I said, I would have liked the brochettes a little less done, but they were otherwise very good. I had a Leffe blonde to go with the meal - very glad to have a break from Club/Star/Gulder etc, and well worth the 11.5 cedis.
I was offered coffee or tea but I had to go. I did have a chance to talk briefly with the Dutch owner Tony, though, who was very friendly and open in talking about the challenges that they face in maintaining the quality of the place. So they're not resting on their laurels.
Overall this was a great experience I would recommend a visit to anyone who finds him/herself in Accra. I will definitely make a point of coming back during my next trip to Accra.
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