That new joint around town
I heard about this spot called The Neem Grill from about three different people. The general gist was that it was a new spot in town with pretty good food and reasonably priced too, so of course I was in there.
I arrived at about 8pm and the place was completely empty. Heads up don’t try and use google maps to find it, or do, just be aware that it’s actually about 200 meters further down the road from where google maps has it placed. It’s the red wooden gate on your right, on the Sweeties(airport hills) road.
I completely loved the setting. I’m constantly looking for laid-back getaway spots. It was so lowkey, everything right from the seating to the lighting is minimalistic. There really is beauty in simplicity. The Neem Grill has a garden set up with wooden seating and two seating options; one that is open air where you can hangout with friends and the other, more intimate, just for you and bae.
I loved the simplicity of their menu. However, I wish they had starters because they are my favorite part of menus. While glancing through the menu, I was immediately drawn to their coconut rice option, so I ordered the lamb kebabs, vegetable coconut rice and a mojito because I absolutely love mojitos.
The drink menu is so cute. At Neems Grill, all the drinks are named after characters. My mojito was called a Bonnie and you guessed right, there was a Clyde as well. So corny, just how I like it. I thought The Neemo, another drink on the menu, was a cute name. I almost ordered it, but I have a thing for the movie Finding Nemo and I’m not so savage as to eat something I have an emotional attachment to. Side eyeing all you cat eaters.
Anyway, my mojito was strong which I loved. It was darn near close to perfection. I feel like so many places in Ghana have forgotten what a mojito should taste like, you’re either knocked over by a sugar syrup overload or an alcohol blast. Really, for a drink as simple as a mojito, there should be an industry standard for acceptable.
My food came after a short period of time but it arrived in the most awkward and unappealing way I have ever seen. Who serves food in cling film at a restaurant?
But let’s not dwell on that. The presentation of the food (without the cling film *rolls eyes*) had a home cooked appeal to it. It reminded me of a christmas lunch plate stacked to the brim with food because you know your forever growing siblings will finish it all before you can get back for seconds. The portion size is extremely generous, which I loved. A good portion size is always a great perk for any food establishment. I went straight for the coconut rice and it was unlike other coconut rice dishes I have had. I was expecting it to be a lot more moist and taste more like it was cooked with coconut milk. The rice tasted like butter rice with a mild splash of coconut seasoning. My plate actually had a side of roasted vegetables, but the vegetables in my vegetable coconut rice were non-existent. The rice as a whole tasted good, definitely something you should try off their menu, just not what I had anticipated.
The lamb kebab was interesting on multiple levels. I’m an avid lover of lamb and it’s generally my go to main every single time I’m so lucky to spot it on a menu. A great piece of lamb or any meat in my opinion is one that is cooked to enhance the raw taste of the meat, without overshadowing it. It’s not everyday taste the Adobo. So I must give it to The Neem Grill chef; the spices did not, in typical Ghanaian fashion, obliterate the taste of the lamb itself. The cook on the meat was well-done but still very tender and moist. For me personally, the lamb could have done with a bit more salt and pepper, that’s not to say I didn’t like it, but a little more spice would have elevated the dish immensely. But then again, my dinner companion seemed to disagree, and thought it was perfectly seasoned. All in all, it was a pretty good meal. I’ll just make a mental note to ask for a little extra spice on that meat.
The Neem Grill is definitely a location I would suggest for a nice evening hangout with your squad or bae. The drinks are super good and the food is both affordable and tasty. I enjoyed my meal and I will definitely be back to try something else on that cute menu.
- Lamb Kebabs - GHs35
- Mojito (Bonnie) - GHs18