Loci and Toot adds an elegant new café and wine bar to the streets of Bandra, Mumbai

Loci and Toot is first and foremost, unapologetically floral. At the heart of it all, however, is earnest Mediterranean inspired European fare.
Loci and toot has a refreshing and easy going vibe, perfect for date night, socializing, or simply working out of.
Loci and Toot has a refreshing and easy going vibe, perfect for date night, socializing, or simply working out of.

Before I get into it, I’d like to propose a new drinking game. Take a shot every time you enter a restaurant with a floral aesthetic. Loci and Toot, unsurprisingly, isn’t all that different. 

The ambience is undoubtedly easygoing and is extremely reflective of the current social media aesthetic. There’s bursts of plants literally everywhere, offset only by the calming tones of blue, grey and off-white. The wooden accents lend the place a cosy vibe, making Loci and Toot a stunning backdrop for a fun and food filled evening. 

What might immediately tickle your whimsy is the section of swings that greets you upon entrance. Meant to be more of a wait space, it could also easily be a great spot for those looking to lounge, or a workspace during the day. 

Any restaurant, however, is only as good as the food it serves. And that’s where Loci and Toot shines. The chef-driven, ingredient forward approach is fast becoming a norm, and we’re totally here for it. 

It's european with a hint of mediterranean at loci and toot, with ample veg, non-veg, and vegan options to please all!
It’s European with a hint of Mediterranean at Loci and Toot, with ample veg, non-veg, and vegan options to please all!

The menu offers largely European food, with a touch of flavours inspired from the sunny Mediterranean. For Chef Shahbaz Shaikh, the signature recipes are all about offering freshness using meticulously sourced ingredients.

The Five Mezze with Buckwheat Pita Bread and Lavash isn’t the immediate home run we expect it to be. Most of the dips barring the hummus share a similar sourness, and the kale hummus seems to be there to add to numbers. The Pigskin Potatoes were as appetising as they sound. Although it could have benefitted from a little more crisp. 

When it came to the mains, a surprising winner was the Baked Zucchini and Aubergine Parmigiana. The vegetables are sliced wafer thin, and layered with the freshest pine nut pesto, tomato, and parmigiano reggiano sauce. It’s simply delicious, and the flavours don’t get old, lingering long after your plate is empty. 

Another must-have at Loci and Toot is the hand-made Artichoke tortellini with chorizo ragu. It’s hearty and flavourful all at once, leaving you craving more. One of the more interesting parts of the menu is the unique toast collection, of which we sampled the Avocado mufalata toast as well as the Burrata caponata toast. No complaints there, although the next time we’re around the Ricotta tahini toast seems worth a shot too! 

How creamy and delicious does this basil spaghetti look? This is the tip of a pasta shaped iceberg at loci and toot.
How creamy and delicious does this Basil spaghetti look? This is the tip of a pasta shaped iceberg at Loci and Toot.

The rest of the menu comprises special vegan salads like Everyday Mediterranean Salad or Green Apple & Amaranth and a mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian small and large plates. Like any other review, here too I was admittedly a little too stuffed to even consider what I’m sure might have been wonderful desserts. 

An aspect worth noting are the beverage selections. While the restaurant hadn’t completely started serving alcohol at the time of our visit, they did have a range of non-alcoholic drinks to consider. Using A2 milk from Sarda Farms, Satara and no artificial sweeteners, their milkshakes definitely make for a unique experience. The specially curated recipes blend fresh ingredients together wonderfully. The range of smoothies and vegan shakes include Japanese matcha tea, vegan peanut butter ice cream or mixed berries paired with dark chocolate.  

The strawberry matcha at loci and toot is the perfect blend of fresh ingredients complemented with some premium milk.
The Strawberry Matcha at Loci and Toot is the perfect blend of fresh ingredients complemented with some premium milk.

Restaurateurs Mohit Balachandran and Shaan Gidwani of Acapella Hospitality also aim to demystify the world of wine at Loci and Toot. Izler Thomas, leading the bar team, has a wine list on offer that is grouped by style (not variety or country) and also offers creative cocktails. There’s an extensive dry bar featuring zero-alcohol cocktails made with zero-proof spirits like seedlip. A win for teetotallers not having to resort to sodas and ice teas!

If flowers, good food, and a fun time are on the agenda, Loci and Toot makes for a perfect setting. 

Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐ (Max: 5 stars)

Food: 7

Service: 8.5

Interiors/Décor: 8

Vibe: 8

One dish we loved: Baked Zucchini and Aubergine Parmigiana

One dish that didn’t work for us: The Five Mezze 

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