I am a food lover and everyone knows that. Not a glutton but an appreciative indulgent lover. I see food as an art.
So when there’s good food before me, I adore it and savour it slowly and the taste gives me an almost extreme satisfaction.
So last week my friend and I decided to meet over dinner. We initially set the time for 6pm but work and traffic pressures of Accra kept pushing it back so we started wondering what diners would be open late.
She suggested Le Tandem which is in Labone close to Wangara/Nafti area. I took a few wrong turns before getting there but I knew the area pretty well so it didn’t pose a problem. Our meeting finally kicked off past 10pm. Luck was on our side, they are open late on all days.
A neat little French place with rooms for both short and long stay. I believe the rooms are mainly for tourists. They have great and secure parking too. And a warm mellow ambience. Also regular guitar players will soothe you with soft French music throughout. Though not the best voices, the music still manages not to be irritating and they do not get intrusive.
The menu arrived and to my surprise, I seemed familiar with it. I was expecting a few surprises since I have never been there.
For starters, I ordered a salmon Carpaccio and my friend ordered a mushroom Carpaccio because we wanted to swap half and taste both. I enjoyed the mushroom more. I must add that it goes down best with fresh French bread.
Then for the main meal, we ordered buttered lemon prawns with sautéed potatoes which were very, very good. The potatoes were crisp and their vegetables are so fresh. I am usually sceptical about biting into green beans no matter how much vegetable I order but these looked and tasted so fresh.
My friend ordered beef steak with rice and enjoyed it too.
They have very light scented but deep flavours in all their dishes.
Please note that this is a very expensive place even by European standards and should be reserved for special occasions. Between the 2 of us, our bill (food and drinks) came up to roughly 400 Cedis (about 85 pounds).
You will spend less if you are not a 3 course person and more if you like to try a wider variety. But their service is really impeccable and you can count on the consistency of taste and freshness of their food.
For dessert, I asked the waiter to suggest something special and quick because time was far spent and he brought us something sweet and chocolaty.
We also had the owner (Laurent) come to our table twice to speak with us and also gave us a special souvenir which I cannot mention here. En sum, I will definitely be going back to Le Tandem.
Money well spent. It’s also perfect for a romantic or special date.
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