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Assase Pa - The Earth is Good

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 8 reviews )

AMA Compound, High Street, Accra, West Africa, Accra, Ghana,

Assase Pa, meaning, The Earth is Good, is a place to try traditional Ghanaian foods vegetarian way. You can also buy TVP and powdered soy milk in the store next door. Open Tue-Fri 8:00am-7:00pm. Closed Mon.

Category: Vegan, Juice bar, Ghanaian

Reviews (8)

First Review by Juan Bello

Good place for Ghanaian vegan food - Edit

This is a good place to try out vegan versions of Ghanaian food (plus a few other dishes). Most people there were eating the fufu with either groundnut or palm nut soup (the #1 staple food in Ghana, but without any meat sneaked in). They also have things like tofu kebabs (kebabs are also common in Ghana, but usually not vegetarian). Surprisingly fast service, and pretty big portions (fufu is quite filling too--a very heavy elastic and sticky starch made from cassava, yams and/or plantains) and prices are cheap (see menu photo for prices). The only criticism was the okra that was in the palm nut soup was too tough (but maybe they just used it to thicken the soup, not specifically to eat).

Pros: good food and cheap, fast service, convenient location

Cons: okra too tough

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Worth a visit! - Edit

I went here with several other vegetarians/vegans and while they were out of a couple of items on the menu, we ordered a good variety of dishes and they were affordable and huge! They have appetizers, salads, main dishes, and bottled juices (no sugar or other ingredients added). Appetizers were 1GHS, main dishes 5GHS, and juice 2GHS. We all liked our dishes, and I would return for sure!

Pros: cheap, tasty, fairly fast by Ghanaian standards

Cons: not everything on the menu was available

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Cheap, good food - Edit

The place is located on a public parking which is quite odd, i found it by accident. I had a green local vegetable stew with tofu, fried plantains and palm oil, it was very good. The waitress also brought over water to wash my hands. I bought some very good black soap, it s vegan and makes my skin very soft.

Pros: Garden, Food quality, Price

Cons: Friendliness of staff, Location

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a great option in accra - Edit

ok, assase pa is not in the ama compound. it's diagonally across the street, off of high st, near kwame nkrumah park.

i tried a yam ball, which was quite good, palmnut soup, which was excellent, and fufu, which wasn't that flavorful, but was very filling. plus, i got a red ginger drink that was the spiciest beverage i've ever consumed, it was good though. the staff was friendly and the restaurant was busy.

i also picked up a few things from the shop. the prices, compared to the states, where very reasonable.

this place is a must stop when in accra.

Pros: all vegan, good food, vegan store

Cons: slightly hidden

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Vegan Paradise - Edit

The Assase Pa located in Accra is a wonderful improvement from the Cape Coast Asasse Pa. Although both locations are affiliated, they have different management/ownership. This location has been owned and managed by the same person from its opening and, as such, is much more consistent in terms of customer service and quality. The main seating is outdoors in tropically decorated surroundings. Indoor seating is also provided and features a very large library of health conscious books. This location provides a mini vegan store which sells health products that are hard to find in Ghana (although the last few times I went they were selling a few not-so-healthy commercial brand products). Their vegan snack bar is by far the best I've experienced of the vegetarian restaurants in Ghana-- Tofu kebabs, wheat kebabs, bean curd kebabs, cinnamon rolls, coconut bread, yam balls etc. The main menu items are also very good, however, are not always prepared the same way which is disappointing when you have been enjoying a particular dish and then it suddenly changes to mediocre with different ingredients. Prices are affordable, especially considering that you get a lot of food for what you are paying. Located next to the beach (walking distance), next door to the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, and the Centre for National Arts and Culture.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday June 27, 2012

Pros: vegan store, health conscious library library, great location and ambience

Cons: inconsistent prep of menu items

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Great - Edit

I've come to eat at Assase Pa a number of times. Their continental dishes like their stir-fry veggies and other things "not African" are OK, but what I go for every time is the fufu! It's one of the only places you can get real, traditional Ghanaian food (fufu with groundnut or palm nut soup) and you don't have to worry about meat being in it. And it's pretty tasty! And you should eat the fufu with your hands, it'll taste better! ;-)

And I give Assase Pa 5 stars because the owner of the place is also the founder of the Vegetarian Association of Ghana who tries very hard on all levels to promote a vegetarian/vegan diet in his country. So big props.

Pros: Fufu, Tasty, Bigtime promoters of vegetarianism

Cons: many items run out after the lunch rush

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Excellent - don't be deceived by the location! - Edit

This is a small, vegan restaurant in the city centre of Accra. The menu is varied, staff are very friendly, and the atmosphere in general is very nice. The food is good, tasty, and dishes are well balanced and presented. It is a kind of a vegan Oasis!

There is also a small library on vegetarianism, with nice chairs and tables to sit and read. They also have a mini-health food store, basic but very convenient!

I cannot comment on prices because I don't have any information about the local economy. With EUR 7 I had a big lunch (three courses + pineapple juice), and bought 3 coconut rolls, 1 yam ball, 1 vegan burger!

Pros: Delicious, local cuisine, friendly staff

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