Weekdays vs weekends at Tote on the turf bar

Weekdays vs weekends at Tote on the turf bar

Whether you want a sophisticated mid-week lunch or a hard weekend drinking session, you'll find it at Tote, with its warm wooden decor, great bar food and energizing buzz
Tote on the turf
Tote on the turf
Tote on the turf
Tote on the turf
Tote on the turf
Tote on the turf
"Tote is a melting pot. It is a modern Indian space. It provides people with a little bit of an anchor. Here is something very internationally modern but it's here at home," says co-owner Malini Akerkar. For a tête-à-tête with the Tote twosome read on.

On a weekday the split level bar at Tote on the turf, with its high ceilings and imposing central staircase, is peppered with a few people. The cubic seating across two levels looks inviting. People are busy in private conversations and look relaxed, the chocolate-colored space taking on a lounge-like atmosphere.

On the weekend however, this mild mannered upscale bar nearly quadruples in size and morphs into party central.

People are lined up on every inch of its seamless indoor/outdoor layout. At the massive bar there is a crowd, three deep. Couches are packed, the barstools are loaded and service is slow. There is just no way to serve this many people quickly. Anyone that thinks Mumbai does not have a healthy party scene validated by plenty of women posing while men jostle at the bar, ought to come down here on a weekend.

One of the great attractions of the bar at Tote (on weekdays with a tad more elbow room) is its imaginative food menu. It's what you might call the city's first true bar menu, with a character of its own, standing out from the mezze platter monotony everywhere else. I know this because even vegetarians will vouch for Tote on the turf's bar food.

Not only is the menu expansive but features some delicious items you're happy to come back to every week. Herbed goat cheese or the falafel and sun dried tomato chips with black bean hummus, for example.

Never has bar food looked this good in Mumbai.

And the main restaurant is no slouch either. Spread across various seating areas (al fresco, traditional fine dine and casual) it is an inviting space for a relaxed yet sophisticated dinner or working lunch. The menu is eclectic with European and Asian inspired dishes as well as an American grill section. The all-day dining menu is less formal with sandwiches and salads as well as a traditional breakfast menu with pancakes.

You would not expect less from the team behind Indigo and Indigo Deli and with Tote on the turf, designed by Mumbai's seriously evolved Serie Architects, the Akerkar's are once again leading the resto-bar race in Mumbai and defining urban contemporary India.

Getting there

Tote on the Turf
Mahalaxmi Race Course, Keshva Rao Khadye Marg
Mahalaxmi, Mumbai
tel. +91 (0) 22 6157 7777

Presently Gaurav Jain is the head of Illusion Interactive Animation based out of Mumbai. When not busy creating India's first animted superhero he indulges his passion for food.

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