Neel at Tote On the Turf

Neel at Tote On the Turf

Non-greasy Indian and kebab heaven
Address:
Neel at Tote, Mahalaxmi Racecourse, opposite Gate no.4 & 5, Keshva Rao Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi +91 (0)22 6157 7777
Website:
www.thetote.in/
Hours/Times:
Monday - Sunday, 7:30 p.m. - midnight
Price:
$$$
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Neel at Tote On the Turf
Tote is now revamped with inspiration from the restaurant's banquet and catering experience in Mughlai cuisine.

When the folks behind Indigo rolled out Tote at the Mahalaxmi racecourse, everyone figured it would be a surefire winner. Given its expansive space and Serie Architects designed dramatic interiors blending its colonial past with its verdant setting, Tote started with a bang, but ended with a whimper.

Chef Rahul Akerkar and his team at deGustibus hospitality went back to the drawing board, and recently re-inaugurated the spot as Neel at Tote.

The owners took a page out of their banquet and catering experience to serve up succulent, aromatic, flavorful Mughlai cuisine, inspired by the kitchens of Hyderabad, Kashmir and Lucknow.

On offer are a choice of fifty kebabs, noteworthy among which are the green olive rubbed tandoori mushroom and its chicken equivalent, a minced lotus root, pan seared patty, gilauti (beef) kebabs, tandoor roasted duck, and basil flavored prawns.  

Unusual soups, like the Subz Santre Ka Shorba, or root vegetables and orange soup, and Nalli Ka Awadhi Shorba, a smoked marrow soup, are spot on. Mains like the kashmiri apple curry and the tandoor roasted lamb shank draw surprise and delight.

Neel attempts to scale new gastronomic heights while harking back to these nawabi centers of culinary excellence. Yet where most Indian restaurants that derive their cuisine from these places falter is in their excessive use of oil and masalas, which thankfully Neel does not--yet.

If it continues to meet these challenges and ensures consistent quality, Akerkar will undoubtedly have a winner on his hands.

Dinner for two, with a glass of wine, is about Rs 3,200.