Anyway, Double Club is a pop-up restaurant designed by German artist Carsten Höller and operated by Mourad Mazouz, the man behind Momo and Sketch.
Upon our arrival, the doorman/bouncer took my name and led us all the way through the club area and right to the maître d'. The maître d' then led us to our table in the incredibly cool dining area which seemed to be filled with the most beautiful serving staff you'd ever see. None of the thin statuesque African waitresses would be out of place on America's Next Top Model. Seriously. Fortunately for us, the staff were also incredibly friendly, something I didn't quite expect from a restaurant which has been on top of the 'cool' list for some time now.
My friend and I took some time perusing the menu. You could either choose to have Congolese food, or Western dishes. Being the adventurous people that we were, we decided to eat only from the Congolese side of the menu. Our waitress advised us that the Congolese dishes were a little on the small side, and that we should order three or four plates to share, as well as a side.
L to R: White bean casserole (£8.50), bitekuteku (£6.50) and makayabu (£8.50)
And just like the restaurant, the bar was filled with incredibly beautiful serving staff. My friend pronounced the clientele 'achingly hip' which apparently also included me by virtue of the fact that a) I knew about this place, b) I'd brought him there and c) I generally manage to do cool things. Given that I was anything but cool when he and I were in school together, it was nice to hear.
As neither he nor I wanted to drink anymore (it was a school night, after all), we decided to take advantage of the warm weather and the fact that it was still light outside at 9 pm, and wander around Angel. 'Twas a pity as I would have loved to have stayed and seen the dance club when it was in full swing, but that wasn't an option.
Double Club closes in September, after which it will move to Milan. I'd love to return and try the Western menu. The burger is supposed to be very good. And given that 50% of all profits go to UNICEF/City of Joy, I can take great comfort and pleasure in the fact that I'm doing a good deed simply by eating.
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