Food Review: Pure gastronomy at Toit Brewpub, Bangalore
Toit Brewpub at Indiranagar is a great place to catch up with friends for a round of drinks with some inventive food to match.
Quartered in the same building that once housed The French Quarter bistro, Toit Brewpub at Indiranagar is the latest hotspot in Bangalore. Bringing back the pub culture, Toit opened its doors to Bangaloreans on March 5 and has garnered a loyal fan following in just three months. Started by three college mates Sibi Venkataraju, Arun George, Mukesh Tolani, who runs Flavors and Boca Grande; along with Glen Williams of Sweet Chariot bakeries, this place has the look and feel of an old world pub. Its brick walls and furnishings gives the air of a pub when it’s throbbing with diners in the night and has a nice lounge-y feel during the day.
The dark wood interiors combined with warm lighting and high ceilings adds to the whole opulence. Set in three different levels, with an open air space and a smoking area, Toit gets its name from a popularly used slang ‘tipsy’. Talking about the concept behind Toit, co-founder, Sibi Venkataraju says, "The idea was conceptualized in 2006 and at that time, India didn’t have its microbrewery laws in place. So, after a lot of planning and conceptualizing we started work in October last year and opened the pub in March. Bangalore has a lot of resto-bars and lounges and slowly the pub culture was dying. This is our tribute to Bangalore and we want to revive its status as the Pub City. Also we haven't started brewing as yet, the microbrewery will be functional by August,”
Executive Chef Raj’s à la carte menu offers a wealth of temptations. We chose some cocktails to sip while we pondered over the menu. We started by trying the sinful Long Beach Iced Tea, which has a mix of Vodka, Rum, Gin, Tequila, Triple Sec, Lime and Cranberry Juice. You can definitely taste the alcohol portion more in this, yet it's not overpowering. It was actually quite exotic and thirst-quenching! We also tried the G-string, which was surprisingly strong and left us feeling a little too cheery.
The menu is varied and enticing. We tried the Beefy Loaded Potato for starters. The sauteed minced beef with black pepper sauce served in jacket potatoes was an absolute triumph. The meat was extremely tender and the sauce has a nice memorable element to it. An absolute must-try, don’t miss this one! The Chicken Piccata has crumb fried chicken marinated with in-house spices and is served with piquant sauces. It has rich flavours and aromatic warmth. This dish beautifully complements the drinks.
For mains, we tried a wood-fired, thin crust Pepperoni Pizza, which was vibrant with flavour and tastes very authentic. But the star of the plate was the succulent Grilled Fish which was made to absolute perfection. The fish was tender and has subtle flavours which make for a great main course. However the chicken Lasagna wasn’t up to the mark and was slightly greasy.
For desserts, Chef suggested we try the Toit Special, a huge, luscious chocolate layered cake served flambéed for a dramatic end to a signature meal. We would definitely go back for this one, it was extremely rich and sinful! We visited Toit on a crowded Saturday night and the place was bursting in seams, yet the service was impeccable. The food is surely enticing and lives up to our hopes. Now, only to patiently wait for the brewery to start functioning soon.
A meal for two would cost Rs. 1,500.
298, 100ft Road, (By Namma Metro Pillar 62)
Indiranagar, Bangalore -560038 · Map