Thursday, 27 September 2012

Santoku Restaurant and Bar

Stylish Japanese Dining Arrives in Accra

The booming city of Accra has welcomed its first high-end sushi restaurant, Santoku Restaurant and Bar, this summer. The Gorgeous Group developed the concept behind Santoku, while the interior has been designed by Hubert de Givenchy. “Santoku has set an extremely high standard for guest food and drink experience in West Africa” says Robbie Bargh, founder of Gorgeous Group. “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with entrepreneur Nabil Moukarzel on this project.” Input has also come from ex-Nobu head chef Scott Hallsworth.

Santoku offers a luxurious, contemporary Japanese restaurant that takes classic oriental techniques, skills and designs and fuses them with modern elements and international ingredients.

The head chef is Craig Grover, who trained with Marco Pierre White in London, while head Japanese chef Daisuke Yoshizaki who mastered his skills in the Kansai region near Kyoto, cooked for four years for the Japanese ambassador to Ghana prior to Santoku.

Givenchy, nephew of the late fashion designer of the same name, 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”

When it comes to the food, expect black cod with den miso, soft pork belly grilled skewers with spicy miso and green apple and lobster ceviche with tomato and coriander. Mushroom “chopsticks” with creamy wasabi are one of the many small-plate dishes that are ideal for sharing. Guests can accompany their food with an extensive choice of wines, champagnes and a fine selection of premium sake.

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 Ruinart Champagne.
Image © 2012 Steven Adusei

Paulina Opoku-Gyimah says: Garnering some fabulous reviews, Santoku restaurant and bar in Accra, Ghana is probably the sexiest restaurant in Africa and I can’t wait to check it out….

More Info:
Santoku restaurant and bar is opening at the Villaggio Vista this June. A first in West Africa, Santoku will offer you a luxury, fine dining, contemporary Japanese, restaurant and bar experience. This unique venue includes a 60 seat dining room, sushi bar, sake bar and lounge, an extensive outside terrace and Ghana's first private dining room. Developed by the team who bought you Nobu London, and with the interior design by Givenchy, Paris, this uber contemporary Japanese restaurant is led by passionate head chef Daisuke Yoshizaki. Santoku will be the first restaurant and bar in Accra to deliver cutting edge, super premium food and hospitality at a level never before experienced in Ghana.
For information please contact us on or call on 0544311511 or 0302737027.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

dhk’s future plans for Accra….....

The Accra Waterfront initiative is a significant mixed use development on the coastline of Accra which aims to create an attractive resort style urban node. It is a private sector initiative that has the potential to become a catalytic development and transform the area into a new, vibrant mixed use community.
This exciting nodal project will thrive on private sector investment creating leasehold and freehold sales opportunities. The project will create a new neighbourhood with a blend of retail, office, residential and leisure. This part of greater Accra could fast become an urban growth zone, with the availability of land for development to the north and east of the site, good road connections as well as planned upgrades to the surrounding road infrastructure.
Not only will the project bring a massive economic boost to the area offering improved hospitality, retail and new office facilities, but it will also help foster a new type of waterfront lifestyle for Accra where people can live, work, shop and play by introducing a truly world class development to this large (19.0 acre) strategic site. The beach front luxury apartments and high quality hard and soft landscaping set within conserved mangroves with associated health and sports facilities, will help create a distinctive and desirable location.

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The African Regent launches its first fashion Pop-up Shop on Thursday 27th September at 6:30pm……

The African Regent is launching its first ever African and Cosmopolitan Design Pop-up Shop. They pop up for two weeks, and then vanish for the appearance of a brand new set! A popular international concept, pop-up shops have caught the fancy of Ghana’s major and upcoming fashion designers who are adopting the trend to create hype for their brands.

Fortnightly, commencing Thursday 27th September 2012, the afro fashion pop-up shop will showcase two designers with innovative ‘Afropolitan’ (African and Cosmopolitan) collections. This implies that there would be an opening of two designers every other Thursday, which would run through all the way to the end of the year.

Designers include Ohema Ohene, Maksi, Aya Morrison, Mina Evans, N’Kapo, Ajepomaa, MSimps, N’Kya, SA4A, B’ExotiQ, Denkyi, Shika, April Rust, Akataasia, Kulture Apparel, HTW, Rash Beads, Neno, Heel The World and many more...

Opening: Thursday 27th September at 6:30pm. Featuring Ohema Ohene & Maksi Clothing.

See you there!!!

Woodin’s Nation is coming, are you ready...

"The Nation is almost here. At 12 midnight 25.09.2012 all our loyal fans will be the first to know all about the Nation." Woodin

Paulina Opoku-Gyimah says: Founded in 1985, Woodin is probably the most recognised textile manufacturer in Ghana -and has, over the years been celebrated for its youthful fashion collection.

Woodin’s 100% cotton wax print cloths are renowned for their quality -and originality -and it appears that this textile house is on a new marketing drive -and its plans (I’m afraid I have no idea what’s going on) are to be revealed at midnight tonight… But in the meantime, I thought I would share the above photos with you….they are quiet impressive.

I truly hope that Woodin is daring to go where no other textiles manufacturer in Ghana has gone before, -and becomes a global player….

To find out about Woodin’s great reveal visit:

Ghana Rising Hearts Omega Inkoom


Jet setting, globetrotter Omega Inkoom is a make up artist, wife of Black Star’s Samuel Inkoom, mother of two, an entrepreneur and founder of Kink Unisex Beauty Parlour and co-owner of Smooth-Link Mineral Water -and is about to go stellar…

More than a wag, Omega Inkoom is an all out fashionista who’s style is beloved by her army of fans -and Ghana Rising thought it was about time to celebrate is modish business women.

Professional, successful and at the top of her game,- Mrs Inkoom’s Kink Unisex Beauty Parlour is sooo popular that many of Ghana’s style elite wait until they hit Accra before having their hair done; -and fans of her parlour include: singer Becca, Miss Malaika 2012 contestants, Mrs Odartey Lamptey and actress Ama K Abebrese….

I’m loving Omega Inkoom’s style. From gorgeous statement dresses, cute clutches and sexy heels by uber high-end fashion labels including: YSL, Prada, Christian Dior, Giuseppe Zanotti, Dsquared, Gucci, Dolce &Gabbana -and trendy sporty garbs by nike et al - Omega Inkoom’s eclectic on-trend style is fabulous and worth keeping your peepers on.


Omega Inkoom stars in the latest Kink Unisex Beauty Parlour poster…

“For all your make up and hair for weddings and outings (special occasions) needs contact Kink unisex beauty parlour on 0244388900.” Thanx


For more information about Omega Inkoom, Ghana Rising’s new style crush visit:


**Photo Credit: All photographs come courtesy of Omega Inkoom

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Why not take a cruise on Villa Monticello’s ‘Ohemaa LXI’ luxury yacht on your next visit to Ghana….



Paulina Opoku-Gyimah says: So it getting to that time of the year -when you start thinking about what to buy for the love of your life this Christ [mas] Birthday… well don’t stress, -as always I’ve found the best [ever] present!!!

Why not treat that special somebody to a cruise on Ghana Rising’s fave boutique hotel, Villa Monticello’s new stunning uber luxury yacht called, ‘The Ohemaa LXI’.

Chartering “groups of up to 20”, -this luxe cruise of a life-time is a must for all sybarites visiting Ghana this Christ birthday..

For more info or to book a cruise on the Villa Monticello’s ‘Ohemaa LXI’ luxury yacht visit:

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