Until late 2011 Home Touch was a landmark on Giffard Road, thanks to a reputation for good, honest Ghanaian food and a striking, American diner-style roadside sign. The nearby bus stop was sometimes referred to as ‘Home Touch junction’.
The restaurant’s new site is within the Trade Fair complex on Burma Camp road, and it inevitably has some of Trade Fair’s rather sterile, faded appearance, with hints of conference buffet to the interior.
I’m not sure why the owners moved, but the original was in the thick of the military land between Kotoka Airport and the Burma Camp barracks, and may have needed to clear the way for a new development. I’ll try to get the lowdown next time I go, which – and here’s the good news – I fully intend to do.
On a quiet lunchtime visit the food remained as good as ever. Light soup with akrantie – a.k.a. grasscutter, or cane rat, or DEAD RAT in allcaps if you’re the Crazy Mail – was a pleasure, rich and spicy with some whole loose chilis in the mix.
Service was very friendly and reasonably prompt, though it could have been faster given the lack of customers. At points I had to compete with the TV for the waiter’s attention, but it was nothing a good “Tsssssss” couldn’t cure.
There’s a range of other West African dishes, particularly from Nigeria (I’m going back for the eba), and a typically bland ‘continental’ section which you should feel free to ignore. They’re readying a live music offering too. According to the owner there’ll be a house band in place by the end of 2012.
Findability: Very easy. The Trade Fair complex is clearly visible from the busy Burma Camp road. Home Touch is in a first-floor unit in the block to the left of the main entrance. You’ll see a banner hung from a window. To enter, go up the spiral staircase to the right of the car park out front.