Soul Escape: Santoku, Ghana
Imagine that you are in Accra in Ghana, the West African energetic city, and you desperately need to eat Japanese food. That kind of emergency happen sometimes. We have a solution for you.
As you already know Accra is the new culinary hotspot of West Africa. Since its opening in 2012 in Villaggio Vista’s area, Santoku remains the best Japanese restaurant. People from Lagos (Nigeria) have been known to fly over for dinner!
Santoku offers a luxurious, contemporary Japanese restaurant that takes classic oriental techniques, skills and designs and fuses them with modern elements and international ingredients. You can expect nothing less than the best in fusion cuisine from head Japanese chef Daisuke Yoshizaki and his team. Yoshizaki mastered his skills in the Kansai region near Kyoto, cooked for four years for the Japanese ambassador to Ghana prior to Santoku. Highlights of the restaurants include slow-cooked beef fillet with spicy den miso and ponzu and smoked whisky-marinated beef Kushiyaki with Jaku sauce and black garlic.
The interior has been designed by Hubert de Givenchy, the nephew of the late fashion designer of the same name. He has fused influences from both Africa and Japan to create the look. “I’d never been to Ghana before but I love both African and Japanese art, specifically African sculpture and painting and Japan’s rich heritage of craftsmanship,” says de Givenchy. “I wanted to reflect distinctive elements of each in the design of Santoku”.
The bar and restaurant extends to an outside terrace area and a private member’s club on the rooftop, with a sushi and sake bar serving 11 signature cocktails – the Floral Spritz is a standout drink, which brings together jasmine infused vodka with Champagne.
Address: North Airport Road, Villaggio Vista, Accra, Ghana – Telephone: 233.5 44 311 511
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