Boozy brunch or stylish dinner? We love a one-stop shop for healthy and delicious food, drinks and desserts. Look no further than Coco Lounge.
With Accra’s vibrant gastronomy scene, cafes, restaurants and bars are going to new lengths to stand out. Enter Coco Lounge, the place that makes standing out look easy. The high-ceilinged, open and light design combined with a brasserie-style lounge makes Coco Lounge a must-visit destination for all travellers coming to Accra.
The best part about Coco Lounge is that it is the perfect venue for any celebration – from birthdays and anniversaries to work parties and cinq-a-septs. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea, drinks and light-bites – meaning that you can start in the morning and leave at night if you have it in you. We made it over for a boozy birthday brunch that turned into stylish soiree, and the team at Coco Lounge exceeded all of our expectations.
As we were celebrating a special occasion (my birthday!), I was spoiled by team Coco. They surprised us with three cocktails to kickstart the festivities. The Coco Feeling is a tasty blend of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, passion fruit, pineapple and ginger – perfect for our spice-queen and red-headed empress, Avese. The Spring Collins mixes Tanqueray, soda water, cucumber, apples, mint leaves, basil and lemon juice – making it a recipe for trouble. The Passionfruit Mojito – a definite classic – brings together a zesty balance of citrus, passion and rum to get the good times rolling. We let the celebrations continue as our cocktails were joined by a never ending array of food.
We started with light-bites on the Coco starter combo, which combined some of our favourites, such as the wild wings, pork panucho, cheese croquettes and dynamite squid. We were also served the superfood salad – perfect for veggie-lovers – which brought freshness to our first course with a nutrient-packed recipe that included fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts all in one bowl.
We could have easily called it a day after that, however, out came the main course with a delicious display of pizza, curry and fish and chips. How could we say no? We loved how perfectly battered the cassava fish was on the fish and chips plate, as well as the beautiful flavours that came out of the pomodorino pizza. The wood-fired pizza is baked in a real, converted food-truck, adding to the Coco-charm and brightening up your Instagram feed. The vegetarian curry took it home for me, which blended roasted butternut squash, green zucchini, cauliflower and cucumber over coconut sauce and rice. Needless to say, we were unbuttoning our pants by the end of this meal.
Of course, the evening could not be complete without a little dancing. All of a sudden, the staff lined up near the cocktail bar and Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk featuring Bruno Mars started playing from the speakers. The waiters began dancing synchronously in a single file all around the restaurant, with the guests clapping along to the beat and pulling up their phones to record the show. The dancers continued to two-step around the tables, with one of them casually picking up and lighting a dessert on the way. Before I could realize what was happening, I was pulled out of my chair and thrown onto the dining-turned-dancefloor as the Coco team placed the dessert on the table, with the sparkling flame joining us as we danced. Surrounded by great friends, food, drinks and service in this glamorous setting, I could not feel more grateful for the magic that was created that day at Coco Lounge.
Cheers to another year full of abundance, growth, friendship, laughter, love, and returns.
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Photography by Elroy Salam | @elroy_salam
Video by Owuraku Jedidiah | @owuraku.jedidiah
Rhausy Sowah | @_lemonyy
Agnes-Cybil Atsuah | @nomadthesystem