Monday, 19 August 2013

Ci Gusta

My Italian is for all intents and purposes non-existent (background aside) but Ci gusta bene means it tasted good…and boy, did it taste good! Everyone welcome the latest entrant to the list of guilty dairy pleasure providers in the city. Signor Arlecchino better watch out. International franchises seem to gradually making headway into the Ghanaian dining market what with KFC and now this gem of a temptation. The ci gusta brand ranges from savoury to sweet and even includes well know Italian favourites like pizza, but the quasi secret branch in question is located on the first floor of Koala and serves mostly the sweet variety.

Prepare to get hooked on the delicious frozen yoghurt with their array of not less than 12 toppings (fruits, nuts and chocolate) albeit a healthy alternative to ice cream but decadent nonetheless. Soft serve ice cream and well as light yoghurt are also available. Crisp Crepes, waffles, and ingenious 5 minute cakes all to be had with or without creamy topping.

An Italian eatery  won’t be complete without coffee and there are many tasty twits to the traditional cappuccino and espresso.

Must try- large frozen yoghurt with toppings layered: strawberries and kiwi, cashews and chocolate sauce balls J a balanced meal if there ever was

Brand spanking new and decked out in blue and white, the d├ęcor has amusingly been described as sterile; the first thing that hits you is how clean and well arranged everything is. About 7 or so tables allow you to sit, eat and daydream or even stare out of the window if you so please. The display is uncluttered and the utensils themselves seem to serve as well arranged decorations.  (Watch out for the U cups)

 In line with the ever escalating prices of tasty treats…these start from about 5 ghs but expect to spend in the double digits if you start getting carried away with toppings…and honestly, what’s the point without them?

No wash-room facilities here either, but I'm sure you can pop down and use Koala’s if need be. And please note, if you’re craving crepes and ice cream for breakfast, don’t bother showing up before 11 am and they close when the main store does, so there will be no late night dates to be had unfortunately.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Chix n Ribs- American eatery

Conveniently located off Oxford Street, opposite Couture, underneath Exotic trends and down the road from Arllechinos, Chix n Ribs with its provocative name, is surprisingly laid back.  It comprises a very minimalist front desk cum order table cum work table that allows you to peer into the kitchen. The rest of the space is occupied by a bench and a few high chairs that allow you to munch off a narrow table that skirts along one wall, so technically, you can eat in at CnR, but it’s distinctly a take-out joint.

In keeping with the theme, CnR offers all time-hypertension inducing-America favourites such as ribs and wings slathered in your choice of sauces (of course) and all kinds of chicken, with fries, corn bread, mac‘n’cheese or mashed potatoes as sides. For those of you who really want that American experience or are truly nostalgic, they offer burgers styled as classic and exotic (think blue cheese), Philly cheese steak, and grilled cheese sandwiches.

I was pleasantly surprised by their milkshakes (chocolate…bacon? and smoothies which are fairly priced. The standard alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks are on offer, including a couple of cocktails (Margaritas and Daiquiris) but CnR must be the only establishment that serves Jello shots J
            The oreo shake is to die for…but that thick creamy goodness might just kill you first
The staff are quite friendly and one can easily join the CnR family…it’s very easy to become an Oreo shake addict so take heed. There are no restroom or hand-washing facilities, the later particularly being a no-no in my books.

The pricing is the most surprising thing however; save from the drinks, the main meals might make you reconsider this new found love. The hefty price tag puts it firmly in the non fast food category despite the all fried e’rythang motto.

In conclusion, it’s a quaint little spot that deserves exploration and is probably the most American of eateries in town.