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New and Improved: Tote on the Turf

  By SASHA LALCHANDANI   Sep 29th 2011 at 11:36AM Lifestyle RATED

Tote on the Turf, designed by leading architect Kapil Gupta is situated amongst a lush canopy of rain trees and set against the backdrop of historic buildings and Mumbai's Mahalaxmi Race Course.


Voted the World’s Best Designed Bar last year, it is now open once again with some spatial changes, as it sits above the all-new Indian restaurant Neel. Besides the menu change, there is also a suspended mezzanine at the bar that will now be limited to VIP table bookings serviced with personal butlers.


The music at Tote too has undergone a makeover. It is set out to be much more mainstream with a focus on international house without ignoring the retro, R&B and Bollywood lovers. 


Owners of deGustibus Hospitality, Rahul and Malini Akerkar, well known for their Indigo restaurants are responsible for the new menu at Neel. It has an array of starters such as Gilawat Ke Kabab, Murgh Fauladi Sheekh, and Murgh Nawabi Tikki. Malini insists that you will find that the food has not too much masala and not too much fat but it is still authentic. The emphasis, she says, has been put on the food being more subtle and flavourful. The Akerkars get their experience of Indian food from their catering company, Moveable Feast.


Ask her the reason why they shifted their focus to Indian cuisine and she says over the years, Moveable Feast received such great reviews and encouragement that they decided it was time to get Neel started. Akerkar promises that a lot of the items on the menu are unique and are not what you will see elsewhere.



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