This is AFRICA (pt. 4)|GHANA: An Airplane Restaurant & Eating “Fou Fou”

I went to Ghana during my birthday weekend so I spent most of my time running around with a Ghanian colleague and her friends.  We went wining and dining in downtown Accra not too far from Oxford Street where there are restaurants, lounges and clubs, many of which are owned by Lebanese entrepreneurs surprisingly.  So, I did not do much sight seeing while I was in Accra but I did make sure that I visited La Tante DC 10 Restaurant. It is becoming a popular landmark in Accra and was just around the corner from my hotel.

Shots on my way to the restaurant.  Ghanaian flags flying high on a sunny day and locals working hard

Quick shots on my way to the restaurant. Ghanaian flags flying high on a sunny day and locals working hard

La Tante DC 10 is a plane that belonged to the old Ghana Airways that, through a public private partnership, was transformed into a restaurant not too far from the airport.  I thought it was quite innovative and “green” of the Ghanians to recycle an old airplane in such a manner.  I had heard about the restaurant but now that I was in Accra, I wanted to see it for myself.

It was pretty cool how they used the seats from first class for the waiting room and the seats from economy as the chairs for the tables and of course you had the option of having a window or aisle seat.

Top: Exterior of La Tante Restaurant Bottom: Waiting room and tables

Top: Exterior of La Tante Restaurant Bottom: waiting room and dining tables

I was escorted by one of the ever so pleasant hostesses to the seat of my preference – I chose a window seat of course. **hehehe**  While making my order one of the locals who were dining across the plane from me greeted me and then invited me to dine with him and his guest.  After much persuasion, I agreed.  I found out later that it is customary for Ghanian’s to do so, especially when traditional dining takes place.  My dining buddies had ordered a popular traditional dish in Africa called “fou fou“.  Fou fou is a starchy food which can be made of flour or cassava and is eaten with stew.  Before eating, traditionally, Africans wash their hands usually in a bowl of water.  Then they use theirs hands to break off a piece of the fou fou, make a little dip in the piece they broke off and sap up the stew with it.  It’s like an alternative for rice or bread.  Though I was quite intrigued by fou fou, unfortunately, I did not have any because I had already made my order.**sadface** However, next time I do go to Ghana, it will be on my “to eat” list and I will be eating it like the Ghanians do.

Left:  dinning buddies and fou fou with stew Right: Local Ghanian beer

Left: dinning buddies and fou fou with stew
Right: Local Ghanian beer

Though my time in the restaurant was brief, it was a great experience.  I would definitely recommend for anyone who visits Accra to visit La Tante.  They have traditional and western foods on the menu, the hostesses are real sweet and it would be a fascinating experience, especially for families.  I know children would absolutely love it!

The beautiful and pleasant Ghanian hostesses at La Tante

The beautiful and pleasant Ghanian hostesses at La Tante

Some local art at the Golden Tulip Hotel

Some local art at the Golden Tulip Hotel

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