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CHEF MUKHTAR QURESHI

Neel at Tote on the Turf, Mahalaxmi

Address: Mahalaxmi Race Course, Opp. Gate#5 & 6 Keshav Rao Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai 400 034
Telephone:022 615 77777
Email:[email protected]
Timings:
Lunch: 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dinner: 7:30 PM-12:30 AM
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Child Policy: Children are permitted

About the Restaurant

Neel at Tote on the Turf, the first Indian grill-cuisine restaurant from deGustibus Hospitality, opened its doors on July 30, 2011. Just as with all of the company’s other restaurants, Neel too reinforces Director de Cuisine Rahul Akerkar’s belief in presenting a tasteful blend of authentic flavours, textures and colours to create a sensational gustatory experience.At Neel, it’s all about paying homage to the rich and evolved cuisine of old Muslim Nawabi families from Lucknow, Hyderabad, and Kashmir.

The food, while embracing traditional flavours and cooking technique, is expressed with a healthy dose of modernity.  It is fresh, clean and prepared with great care. Herbs and spices are carefully used to enhance the natural flavors of the food - not overpower them. The cuisine takes a modern approach to classic flavour combinations, creating a sophisticated menu of over 50 kebabs (30 non-vegetarian and 20 vegetarian) made up of delectable items such as Sofiyani Paneer Tikka (cottage cheese prepared with saunf or fennel), Jaituni Kumbh Tikka (stuffed grilled mushrooms served with a green olive chutney that has a tapenade-like consistency), Adrak Ke Panje (New Zealand lamb chops in a spicy ginger marinade) and Raan-E-Mukhtar(tandoor-roasted leg of baby lamb).

Other than the extensive choice of kebabs, the menu at Neel has a diverse vegetarian section with dishes such as Chilgoze Ka Shorba (a thick soup made of pine nuts), Kashmiri Seb Ki Sabzi (a curry made of Kashmiri apples), Jhinga Dum Anari (prawns in almond and pomegranate curry), and Gucchi Ki Biryani (rice cooked with morel mushrooms). Traditional slow-cooked non-vegetarian preparations like Haleem, Nalli Nihari and Taar Korma promise to be potential favourites. For a sweet ending to the meal try the uniquely delectable Parde Me Khubani (baked apricot halwa).

Master Chef Mukhtar Qureshi from Lucknow, who has been the Indian cuisine chef for Moveable Feast, deGustibus’ catering division, since 2008, is now heading the kitchen at Neel. Chef Qureshi is being assisted by a team of chefs from Lucknow, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

Awards & Accolades

Times Now Foodie Award: Best Debutante Restaurant Pan India 2012
Times Food Award: Best Indian – Noteworthy Newcomer 2012
 
About deGustibus Hospitality Pvt Ltd
deGustibus Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. was established in early 1996 by principals, Rahul & Malini Akerkar. From the Latin conjoin degustibus, meaning an ‘entity of taste,’ the company was founded to espouse the five ingredients of a tested winning recipe: innovation, great food, warm hospitality, attention to detail and customers who revel in these. deGustibus is the parent company of Indigo, Indigo Delicatessens at Colaba, Palladium, Bandra, Andheri & R City Ghatkopar, Tote on the Turf comprising Neel, Tote Banquets and the Tote Bar, and Moveable Feast, its bespoke
catering division. 

Chef Mukhtar Qureshi

Chef Mukhtar Qureshi, MasterChef at Neel, hails from the famous Qureshi family in Lucknow. He lends traditional flavours of Awadhi cuisine that date back to the time of the ‘bawarchis’ in the Mughal era, to the menu at Neel. Chef Mukhtar goes a step further to infuse modernity and lightness to the cuisine making it apt for today’s times of healthy eating. 

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