Eat.Drink.Travel: Burger & Relish (Accra)
Burger & Relish
NOSA: One thing we noticed about Accra is the ridiculous amount of quality spots they had. Lagos has them beat on quantity, but we're nowhere close when it comes to quality.
Accra has a very vibrant expat community so I'm pretty sure there's a connection. Unlike Lagos, their expats are fully immersed in the city and I daresay they define its culture.
Ghanaians will never admit that last bit though.
FOLLY: TripAdvisor, TimeOut and a couple of other hyperlocal sites had rave reviews for Burger & Relish so we knew it was a must visit.
NOSA: Back to my point about expats, we were at Burger & Relish for a couple hours and in that period, only five black people came by. Of that five, three were, for sure, Nigerian
FOLLY: There was another starter I was eyeing but Nosa quickly ordered the deep fried pickles. I sighed internally cause it’s a well-known fact to him that I hate pickles so I wondered why he would order these.
NOSA: Because I expected pickle chips and even pickle haters love pickle chips.
FOLLY: I have not had pickles since I was 10 years old and it seemed like a good day to give them another shot so I did. I was pleasantly surprised, but I think it was largely due to the batter, at how sweet these were. I can’t say I enjoyed it but I didn’t hate it.
FOLLY: I’ve never been a gourmet burger person - I prefer single patty and sloppy burgers with minimal toppings. In the US, Five Guys is my go-to.
NOSA: I lean very heavily on the sloppy burgers because I'm glutton.
FOLLY: I ordered The Frenchie in spite of my lactose intolerance because I was not going to let me that hold me back - at least not today.
The toppings in my burger were simple and straight to the point - just like I prefer beef patty, onions, truffled mushrooms, and cheese. Raclette is more commonly used in fondue and it’s a great melting cheese. The profile is sharp and salty. I’ve never had a burger in which the cheese was so dominant but it worked so well with the mushrooms and the crispy beef patty.
NOSA: I got the "Three Little Piggies" burger. Bacon and a patty with beef and sausage. Oh, and some extra stuff like onions, but that's not your focus. The bacon isn't struggle bacon either.
NOSA: After our burgers, Folly and I had a real good talk about setting up shop in Accra. Beyond the travel stuff too. Ghanaians really don't know what they have.
RECOMMENDED DISH: THE FRENCHIE (GHC 45)