Doppio, which suggests a double shot of espresso, guarantees to be the hip new factor for the “elite SoBo crowd”. Whereas its attention-grabbing drinks menu lives as much as this promise and the meals is sweet, the ambiance is cliched.
What instantly hits the shopper after strolling is a way of deja vu. The entire look may be very Cafe Zoe industrial stylish; it even has Cafe Zoe’s hanging mild bulbs, black wood chairs and industrial duct operating alongside the ceiling. Doppio has additionally adopted the perfunctory classic twist, with leather-bound books and vintage binoculars, clocks and globes used as decor. On one wall are empty photograph frames, and the opposite wall is papered with pages from 100 12 months previous stamp ebook, painted over by a neighborhood artist.
The meals menu is far more daring but in addition slightly extra incoherent. The client could be greatest off asking servers for Doppio’s specialties and sticking with these. Whereas most dishes are Italian-inspired, there are additionally a few East Asian dishes akin to a Chili Soba Stir Fry and Thai Basil Hen Brown Rice thrown in, in addition to a Sri Lankan Kothu Paratha dish. However general, Doppio does a very good job of dressing up previous favorites with thrilling twists. For instance, the creamy and flavourful basic mushroom soup comes with stuffed cremini mushrooms and duxelle, a mushroom paste, on toast. The previous tomato and mozzarella salad is re-imagined with oven-kissed tomatoes and burrata, a cheese made with mozzarella and cream, on an aubergine caviar. The completely different flavors complemented one another properly. The black mission figs and arugula, with candied almonds and smoked mandarin dressing, was nonetheless too candy to be pleasurable.
The small plates embrace acquainted dishes – Truffled Mac and Cheese with Solar-dried Tomato Relish, as an illustration, or walnut butter gnocchi – but in addition delve into the extra eye-brow elevating Vietnamese Cottage Cheese Tacos and Pickled Carrot and Papaya salad. The Barbecue Pulled Hen Sliders with Onion Marmalade have been good, however the house-made ketchup they served didn’t go properly with it. Inside the massive plates, the Artichoke and Solar Dried Tomato Ravioli with Succotash and Genovese Pesto, was a stand-out. Doppio has a restricted number of desserts, and the one which we tried – the Doppio Affogato with coconut macaroons- was disappointingly plain.
The drinks at Doppio are what actually make the place value going to. The Doppio Espresso Home Martini, the primary drink on the menu and the server’s advice, is certainly their signature drink. It’s a mixture of Absolut Vanilla Vodka, home espresso liqueur, espresso, and sugar syrup, and it’s completely combined. The Monk’s Press Espresso can be scrumptious, made from Previous Monk Rum, lemon juice, pineapple juice, espresso, and low liqueur.
This could possibly be why Doppio will get relatively crowded after 10:30, even on weekdays. On weekends it’s jam-packed. Total, it’s a pleasant place to check out. Nevertheless it’s simply nothing very new.
Meal for 2: Rs 4500 (together with drinks)
Handle: 201, Hubtown Skybay, Bhulabhai Desai Highway, Breach Sweet, Mumbai