We head straight up to the terrace of the building that houses Nimisserie at the end of Wood Street. It’s an unusually quiet evening for the neighbourhood and the city parcels a chilly breeze for us and puts a bow on it. It is now officially the beginning of sweater weather in Bangalore.
Less like a bar and more like the office terrace you’d sneak into for a clandestine post-work toke, Double Decker uses the open skies and tall buildings in the distance to style its otherwise bare look. Murals of the evolutionary man and other monkey motifs can be seen scattered around the space if you’re playing Eye Spy, while perched on the few high chairs / communal table with swings / couches. The lower deck, which seats the dining area and bar hasn’t changed much from Double Decker’s forerunner, Kangaroo.
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We neither have a sweater today nor a heater, and so we order cocktails that can start mini bonfires. Chili powder coats the rim of a tall glass filled with a vodka-guava pulp concoction that really starts the party. Back to School, a dark chocolate-cinnamon-condensed milk formula would have been dessert, if it weren’t for the generous splash of whisky. Meanwhile, pork bruschetta and dabeli nachos (hey, it’s Narvartri!) provide sustenance. In-house khakra served with a dabeli mash topped with salsa, peanuts and sev is blasphemous but incredibly addictive; it’s what we’d expect to see at a dive bar in Gujarat if prohibition ever ends. The bruschetta with overly caramalised pork placed on soggy slices of bread has none of the usual elasticity of pulled pork.
Less like a bar and more like the office terrace you’d sneak into for a clandestine post-work toke, Double Decker uses the open skies and tall buildings in the distance to style its otherwise bare look.
On to bigger hopes and bigger plates: our server recommends the ragi waffle with mutton saaru and a quinoa salad. The salad, topped with glistening, fat prawns is perfectly seasoned, and the sharpness of the arugula is countered by charred cherry tomatoes that lend a mild sweetness to the mix. At the other end of the table, our friends happily dip crisp strips of finger millet waffles into a thick tomato mutton curry. This is an elegant version of the ragi mudde-saaru you’ve previously eaten at home.
While we still nurse cocktails from the 1 +1 launch offer, we’re glad to be merely passengers, and not the one driving this Double Decker.
Getting there: 120, 4th floor, Lancer Building, Brigade Road, off Wood Street, call 98862459866. A meal for two costs approximately Rs 3,000.
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Accessibility: Two steps up to the elevator, which opens to the terrace seating and dining area.
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