The Urban Grill has been created by Yolo Experiences, a group that was founded with the vision of setting new standards of food and beverage hospitality in West Africa.
The Urban Grill is located on the first floor of Icon House, a multi-purpose dining, retail and office environment situated in Accra’s Airport City district. The restaurant joins Yolo Experiences’ destination bar, Coco Lounge, and Japanese restaurant, Santoku here.
Designed by Graven Images, the award-winning Glasgow-based studio behind such projects as the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Minnesota, the restaurant fuses African and Latin influences.
Managing director of Yolo Restaurants, Giselle Mastrosanti, has hand-picked an all-star international team for this venture, including highly-acclaimed practitioner of modern Latin cuisine, Andrew DiCataldo, who has relocated from New York to take up the position.
Graven Images collaborated with Nada Moukarzel – owner and curator of Ghana’s premier lifestyle boutique, La Maison – to create a restaurant that oozes metropolitan glamour.
The space as a whole features a predominantly monochrome colour palette, but sumptous silver banquettes, free-standing, neon-lit artworks and a striking, diamond-patterned mirror wall which runs the entire length of the restaurant add plenty of visual interest and colour.
Full of surprises and unexpected touches, the Urban Grill also incorporates a dedicated VIP wine-tasting room, a circular private dining room – accessed by a secret bookcase and lit by myriad antique crystal glass lamps – and a chic library-style snug bar with intimate red leather booths.
Alternatively, If guests wish to dine or drink alfresco, the Urban Grill’s striking terrace boasts a catwalk-style communal table, a movie screen, and theatrical lighting – creating a luxurious space to see and be seen in Accra.