“I remember the time when the party would get over late at night, and just before heading home, people would pick up hot baida rotis from a special counter we would put up,” says Somnath Bhattacharya, COO of deGustibus Hospitality. The bar Bhattacharya fondly speaks about is Tote Bar at Tote on the Turf, which shut down final October, and is now again as Tote Talli.
For 10 years, the bar had been considered one of metropolis’s essentially the most buzzing nightspots, attracting swish 30-somethings. And it was a real bar, as they didn’t also have a separate meals menu, solely serving small bites from Neel (their Indian restaurant under). And when Tote on the Turf would function the venue for the offsite exhibits of Lakme Trend Week (earlier than they modified the venue to grander locales reminiscent of The Royal Opera Home just a few years in the past), the bar, would additionally function the right spot for post-show rendezvous. The empty flooring that earlier became a dance flooring is now occupied by tables, and Bhattacharya tells us that they may host performances sooner or later. “We have seen a whole new generation come here over a decade. With a new crowd coming in, we felt the need to reinvent the menu and reach a newer audience,” says Bhattacharya.
With Tote Talli, deGustibus additionally needs to deal with meals, and the temporary for his or her cooks was to go loopy and design one thing enjoyable, and effectively priced. The main focus being the bar, small plates and finger meals dominate the menu. And there’s a part devoted to chakna that are served within the type of bento bins. Whether or not it’s papad, peanuts or chaklis, they’ve a bento field (₹195 every) devoted to completely different variations of every of those widespread snacks. The standard suspects reminiscent of poutines (you’ll be able to select from candy and common potato) and nachos include the fundamental cheese and guacamole topping choices, along with some Mumbai model variations reminiscent of kheema (₹275) and nachos with Akuri Scrambled Eggs (₹225).
Bhattacharya says that they have been acutely aware of together with completely different Indian cuisines to reinvent bar meals, which will be seen with choices reminiscent of Chettinad or Bhut Jolokia Rooster Wings served with thecha bitter cream (₹295), or the Chilliya Mutton sliders (₹350) impressed by the late-night stalls at Reay Highway, which are sometimes frequented by their workers who work out of their workplace within the neighborhood. As an ode to the sooner avatar, they nonetheless supply Baida Roti in paneer (₹350), hen (₹375) and mutton (₹395) variants. Extra Mughlai meals finds its option to the menu within the type of completely different kebabs (₹250 onwards).
If cheese is all you want to eat, name for any of their burrata choices (₹375) which include quite a lot of flavour pairings reminiscent of tomato concasse, chilli oil, chutneys and a brulee burrata too. “We have included more small plates in affordable prices so when you come in a group, you can freely order and choose from various options rather than just one main dish,” says Bhattacharya. The desi inspirations make option to the cocktail menu too with cocktails reminiscent of Mucchad (₹335) a vodka and paan drink; and Golmaal (₹335), a refreshing concoction of vodka, orange juice, tamarind, cilantro and chillies. Simply in case you aren’t into small plates, you’ll be able to name for Tote Bowls that provide tried-and-tested choices reminiscent of Burnt Garlic Triple Schezwan Rice (₹325) or Thow Suey (₹325), which is Khow Suey made the Thai method.
Tote Talli Tote on the Turf, Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Mahalakshmi; 91369 33274; 6 p.m. onwards