“The best steaks in the world” is how my Tammy, my good South African friend, described South African beef.
Bob, my American friend, and I looked at her with raised eyebrows. I’ve eaten some amazing steaks in Argentina and at several restaurants – Strip House, Ruth’s Chris, Peter Luger, Wolfgang’s — in the US.
Tammy was telling us about a new restaurant that had opened in June called Cuzzy Brothers that imported South African beef for its steaks and burgers. She explained that steaks were 40-50 (US$20-25) cedis. This is in line with the price of steaks at Movenpick Hotel (40-60 cedis), Le Chaumiere, or Le Tandem.
Considering that a good steak meal in the US could be $100 per person for steak, sides, wine, and gratuity, this place seemed like a good deal.
Always up for a challenge — especially when it comes to steaks — we headed over to Cuzzy Brothers in Osu (it’s where Ryan’s Irish Pub used to be). I ordered the Ribeye medium rare, Bob had the T-bone medium rare, and Tammy got the T-bone medium well. We also ordered a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.
The atmosphere is a cross between sports bar and live music venue. Most of the seating is outdoors.
The only drawback I saw was that Cuzzy Bros is probably the whitest place I’ve been in Accra. In a seating area that could fill 100 people, I could count on my hands the number of black people eating there. Most of the customers seemed to be white South Africans. It was like we were all in on a secret.
Once the food arrived, there was less talking than chewing. In 15 minutes, we cleaned our plates.
Cuzzy Bros definitely earns my endorsement. I would say it matched any steak that I’ve had in the US. Argentine beef will always hold a special place in my heart.
Total price for three steaks and a bottle of wine was 225 cedis or $112.