The name refers to the fact that the restaurant is located 20 feet above ground level on an open-air wooden deck overlooking Church Street in the heart of town. Considering where it is, in one of India's congested urban sprawls, the aerial location gives the restaurant an airy and relaxed feel.
The decor is informal, largely wooden tables and chairs with a smattering of wicker. Perfectly comfortable and the kind of place you might spend an afternoon with friends drinking beer and chatting. A positive (for some) is that you can smoke here, if you wish, unlike pretty much everywhere else in town.
The service is generally good: attentive without being excessive - requests for olive oil, an alternative salad dressing and a fried egg to top the steak (not me, I promise) were met with promptly though the staff seemed taken aback at the latter.
The menu consists of salads, soups and steaks with a smattering of desserts. There's beer on offer by the pitcher (perfectly adequate local Kingfisher) and hard spirits including cocktails (I though overpriced but my local guests tell me pretty average for this part of town).
Onto the food...all I can say is that if you order Caesar salad and New York steak in India, do not expect to get what you would expect to get in New York. Different doesn't have to mean bad if well executed. Unfortunately, execution is not great.
Caesar salad: lots of lettuce, some cheese and not enough dressing. Hungarian goulash - not the thick, stew-like, hearty rendition you could expect on the continent - thin with chunks of beef but "good" according to my friend. Mexican Cob salad - a bizarre amalgamation of eggs, meat and veg in a sweet mayonnaise dressing served in a fried tortilla bowl - not bad, just bizarre. I stopped halfway because I couldn't quite figure out whether I liked it or not.
Chateaubriand and New York steak arrive as 'sizzlers' - with various accompaniments. What was requested as medium-well done was rare, largely because it was a large chunk of meat that hadn't been bashed down to a uniform thickness: as a result unevenly cooked. Mashed potatoes and beans accompanying had, as my friend put it, "had some steam passed through them" - not satisfying. The New York steak was 'average'.
We were told we'd need to be out of there by 11.15, although they only took the order for main courses at 10.45 - didn't really add to the general good feeling.
Bill for 3 starters, 2 mains and 2 pitchers of beer = Rs. 2200. Not overly expensive but not cheap.
Overall not great value and not somewhere we'd hurry back to.
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