Toit has the advantage most visually memorable spaces display – fascinating architectural elements as opposed to an effort to invoke interest in a staid rectangular commercial space with superficial décor additions. When the fundamental structure of a restaurant is so engaging, for example Monkey Bar in Delhi or the rickety open Piccadilly in Bombay, you don’t need pillar candles and bird cages to get people’s attention. Toit is housed in a unique wooden barn on verdant 100 Ft Road in Bangalore.
The real revelation for me were the Scotch Eggs. I understand from my very knowledgeable friend that the dish Toit serves isn’t authentic but they were three of the most perfectly soft boiled eggs resting on a bed of the world’s butteriest mashed potatoes, flanked with spicy, hot lamb mince. I can’t get them out of my head and I can’t wait to try to recreate the dish on my Restaurant Recipe Rip Off series.
Toit is also famously a microbrewery and implement a fantastically clever way to get people drunk. Order their sampler which sets out the beers in order from lightest to darkest and once you’ve tried them all, order the one you like best. The flavors range from incredibly mild (almost watery) to deep resounding coffee undertones.