Peter Cat Recording Company at Toit

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We think good food, good beer and good music make for a great combination, and that’s what the Sunday Simmer Down at Toit is.

As a part of this initiative, we feature bands from around the world, and each of them have a great musical story to tell.

Last Sunday we had the unique sound of Peter Cat Recording Company, with their signature blend of gypsy & cabaret tunes.
For the uninitiated, the band consists of Suryakant on vocals/guitar/organ, Rohan on bass, Kartik on organ/guitar/electronics and Karan on drums.

Their sound is a unique one, with elements of Gypsy Jazz to Ballroom Waltz. We spoke to them about their ‘100th’ show, the Delhi music scene and the everyday struggles of a band. (The bitterness, made a little better, with beer.)

So as a band, this is your 100th show right?

This is our 100th show?

That’s what it says on your page!

Who wrote that? This is probably our 200th show, that must have been just some publicity stunt.
But it’s our last show also, at the same time. The next time we play would probably be a reunion show. That might be in March, maybe.

As a band, what is the most annoying question you guys get asked?

“How did you get the name of the band?” That’s the most irritating.
Also, the other one being “ what genre do you play?”

So do you guys drink beer in general?

Some of us drink it.

Kartik: I just do psychedelics.

Suryakant: I prefer spirits. I’m a spiritual person like that.

As a band, do you guys drink together a lot?

Suryakant: Ya. We end up spending a lot of time together. We all took our first sips of alcohol together, about ten years ago.

So, why is this your last show?

We don’t like each other anymore. *laughs*
When you’re not making enough money to have children, that means your business has failed. Once your business fails, you have to change your business venture.

Is this a permanent thing, or just a indefinite hiatus?

Suryakant: I’m marrying a rich girl. That’s my plan. She’ll make more money than I am and she’ll be liberated in every sense.

Kartik: I’m going to be a cab driver, because I heard they earn a lot.

Rohan: Right now, those guys are making way more money than we are. Like waaaay more.

In the six years that you guys have been playing together, which is the best venue you’ve played at?

This place called the Penthouse. Because it was raw and the cops showed up. Basically it’s home ground, so we could do whatever the f*** we wanted.

Is Delhi a nice place for a band?

No, it’s terrible. Those guys don’t care about music or art or culture. Only money.

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How did you guys survive for 6 years?

Suryakant: Because we’re a really good band.

Kartik: Also, Bangalore saved us. Every month we would come and play here.

Out there, we basically play so we can eat at restaurants. They don’t pay us much and are like “theek hai, khaana khale na!” (it’s ok, you can eat the food!)
So literally, three times a week, we eat when we have gigs. Otherwise we don’t eat!

Which is the best show you’ve had until now?

Rohan: Our best show is yet to come. Got close a couple of times maybe, but our best show hasn’t happened yet.

Why not?

Suryakant: Potential has not reached that level. Because we are lazy. No venue in the country has matched our expectations—it’s impossible to match our expectations. Ourselves, for the venue, anything.

Kartik: Sometimes the music is there but you don’t have the curtains. Sometimes the curtains are there but you don’t have the set. That’s it. There are venues where we have had great shows, but you don’t get the 100% that you want.

You’ve kind of already answered it a little, but as a band, what is the biggest challenge for you guys?

Rohan: Just trying to live a normal life.

Suryakant: Having normal dreams like buying a house, getting married, etc. This guy, Rohan, almost went to jail twice for just living in Hauz Khas village. That’s how Delhi is.

Kartik: We have parties upstairs, the cops show up and drag you outside, beat you up a little bit. Just because it’s Delhi, and we have alcohol and they’ll want to see bills for it. Or even stuff like “why are there foreigners in your house?”, or any girls for that matter. They just show up because they know a party is happening.
Delhi is just not a very good place to live. The atmosphere you’ve anyway been hearing about, it’s quite f***** up.

Switching back to more cheery topics, is there a diva in the band?

Suryakant: Of course! We are all divas!

If you had to be in a band apart from your own, which one would it be?

Rohan: We all have bands apart from our own!

Suryakant: We all started with metal, except me. I’m the one who came in and said, “Guys! Let’s listen to some jazzy shit.”

Alright! If you had to make up a Fantasy Band, with any musician in the world, who would it be?

Suryakant: My dream band would be me, Kartik Pillai, Karan Singh and Rohan Kulshreshtha. And our sound engineer.

Rohan: I think I would agree, provided we get paid ten times what we are now. That would definitely be a fantasy.

Karan: Internationally, I would like to play with Jimi Hendrix. But I can’t. Because he’s dead. Maybe in the afterlife.

Suryakant: If Jimi Hendrix was in my band, I’d kick him out in two minutes.

Who do the ladies love the most?

*everyone points at Rohan*

Suryakant: He’s the official love demon.

Finally, if there’s one thing you would want people to know about your band, what would it be?

Suryakant: That we’re better than them.

Kartik: If this is individual answers, for Suryakant, we’re better than them. For me, we’re not. For Karan, we’re as good as them, and for Rohan, we don’t give a f***.

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American IPA

West Coast IPA

A West Coast-style American IPA aggressively hopped with a blend of Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo and El Dorado hops.

This brew is all about the hops – that lends it clear aromas of pine, stone fruit and citrus.

The beer has a coating mouthfeel with long lasting bitterness and balanced malt body.

AROMA

Pine, stone fruit, citrus

ABV

6.6%

MOUTHFEEL

Light to medium body

APPEARANCE

Deep Golden

FLAVOUR

A crisp, bold hop forward front followed by piney and citrus notes

Guest Brew On Tap

Beachshack IPA

In celebration of craft, we’re hopped to be hosting the Beackshack IPA from Arbor Brewing on our guest tap.

This special is a surprisingly crisp and easy-drinking beer with a vesuvian hop finish, and is packed with citrus and tropical fruit aromas, making for a truly refreshing brew!

AROMA

Strong hoppy aroma, citrus, pine, sweet tropical fruity. 

ABV

6%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body with a smooth bitterness. Clean and dry finish with medium carbonation.

APPEARANCE

Pale to yellow gold colour, light to medium body ,clean and clear beer.

FLAVOUR

Medium malty mouthfeel, bunch of hoppy notes citrus, pine, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, passionfruit, Stone fruit, floral notes came through hops. Complex hops.

Oktoberfest Special

German Pilsner

A crisp, exceptionally clean beer prominently featuring noble German hops and the finest Pilsner malt that gives it an impeccably balanced hop profile.

Pouring a brilliant straw colour, it offers floral and spicy aroma with flavours of lightly sweet malt, finishing firm and dry on the palate.

AROMA

Malty with floral and spicy aroma

ABV

4.8%

MOUTHFEEL

Light to medium body

APPEARANCE

Light Straw

FLAVOUR

Medium to high hop bitterness and subtle grain sweetness

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Lemon Hard Seltzer

100 calories and 2 grams of carbs per pint! The Oi Lemon Hard Seltzer is made from a natural honey base just like a mead. After a special proprietary fermentation process, they use the traditional Bourbon method and filter the Seltzer over a bed of charcoal that eliminates all color and taste from it.


The result, a sparkling clear beverage, which is then naturally flavored with lemon. Refreshing, light and crisp!

AROMA

Lemon

ABV

<4.95%

MOUTHFEEL

Crisp and spritz

APPEARANCE

Clear

FLAVOUR

Tart lemon

Specials

Belgian Tripel

Tripel X

A clean, crisp, delicately-balanced beer with a very subtle fruit and hop character.

Brewed with pilsner malt and homemade candy sugar, our take on this Belgian classic style is smooth and complex. Strong malty & mildly sweet notes deliver a pleasantly dry finish. This one packs quite a punch & you will barely notice it, making it a dangerously session-able beer

AROMA

Complex fruity aroma

ABV

8%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body

APPEARANCE

Pale gold

FLAVOUR

Mild sweet malt flavour, with a soft bitterness and fruity flavors

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saison

Lemon Tea Saison

A farmhouse style ale celebrating the refreshing flavours of lemon chai. Crafted by infusing Malabar tea and a squeeze of farm fresh lemons, the beer has citrus fruit and spice notes that remind you of the soothing comfort of a cup of lemon tea, with a boozy twist of course!

AROMA

Fruity with a spicy yeast character

ABV

4.9%

MOUTHFEEL

Light to medium body

APPEARANCE

Fruity with a spicy yeast character

FLAVOUR

Citrus and pepper spice

Specials

Kolsch Beer

Kolsch

The Kolsch, originating from Cologne, Germany, is a light and refreshing ale-lager hybrid. The beer is clean, crisp and delicately-balanced with a subtle fruit and hop character. Our version is made with a single hop, Mandarina Bavaria, that lends the brew distinctive mandarin and citrus notes.

AROMA

Low malt aroma, with a grainy-sweet character. A delicately spicy hop aroma, with a pleasant and subtle fruit aroma

ABV

4.9%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium-light & medium carbonation

APPEARANCE

Clear, pale gold to light gold

FLAVOUR

Low fruity sweetness, medium-low bitterness with delicate dryness and slight crispness

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West Coast IPA

SMaSH

While most beers use a blend of multiple hops and malts the SMaSH is brewed with a single variety of malt (Pilsner Malt) and hops (Amarillo hops).

This refreshing beer showcases the individual characteristics of each ingredient, creating a distinctive yet balanced flavour profile. The Verdant IPA yeast helps the hop character shine through, while maintaining the grainy backbone.

It’s the perfect beer to welcome Spring and the perfect excuse you need to get SMaSHed.

AROMA

Floral, citrus

ABV

4.8%

MOUTHFEEL

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonated.

APPEARANCE

Light yellow, slightly hazy.

FLAVOUR

Slightly bitter, citrusy flavour followed by malty aftertaste.

Specials

Jack in the box

Jackfruit ale

Brewed with Pale Ale, Oat & Crystal malt, this special brew is infused with loads of fresh jackfruit, which imparts a subtle fruity aroma & flavour.

This Jack is definitely out of the box!

AROMA

Fruity

ABV

5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body

APPEARANCE

Pale straw to very dark orange in colour

FLAVOUR

Rich malt & subtle jackfruit

Specials

Dark Vader

Schwarzbier

​​This German style dark lager is a regional specialty from southern Thuringen and northern Franconia in Germany.

It balances a complex malt flavour with a generous addition of noble hops, with notes of caramel.

The Special beer is rumoured to have strange powers, in that over a few pints, you seem to lose your ability to say ‘no’ to more. Don’t believe us? Well, have a taste of it yourself and see. But we warned—you don’t know the power of the dark side…umm…lager.

AROMA

Slightly malty

ABV

5.0%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body, smooth

APPEARANCE

Black

FLAVOUR

Light malty with hints of caramel

Specials

Kolsch Beer

Kolsch

The Kolsch, originating from Cologne, Germany, is a light and refreshing ale-lager hybrid. The beer is clean, crisp and delicately-balanced with a subtle fruit and hop character. Our version is made with a single hop, Mandarina Bavaria, that lends the brew distinctive mandarin and citrus notes.

AROMA

Low malt aroma, with a grainy-sweet character. A delicately spicy hop aroma, with a pleasant and subtle fruit aroma

ABV

4.9%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium-light & medium carbonation

APPEARANCE

Clear, pale gold to light gold

FLAVOUR

Low fruity sweetness, medium-low bitterness with delicate dryness and slight crispness

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  • Registration fees for the Tour is Rs.850 + taxes. This is inclusive of beer samples, food pairing, a certificate & T-shirt.
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Belgian Dark Strong Ale

A dark, very rich, complex, strong Belgian ale, this special is brewed with Pilsner malt, dark candy sugar and aromatic malts.

This brew leads with strong aromas and flavours – caramel, raisin, dark fruit and candy sugar notes.

We weren’t kidding when we named this one – its guaranteed to make you swoon!

AROMA

Complex maltiness and some phenolic spiciness

ABV

7.2%

MOUTHFEEL

Full body

APPEARANCE

Deep Amber

FLAVOUR

Rich malt, raisin and candy

Special Herbal Beer

Kudix Kashayam

The brainchild of our head brewer, we’re celebrating local produce the way we know best—through a special, one-of-a-kind beer!

Brewed with turmeric, honey, liquorice, ashwagandha and many other local herbs, this brew is an homage to the harvest season in South India.

It’s fully local, it’s fully toit, so make sure you try this one before it runs out because you won’t find this style anywhere else!

AROMA

Herbal, turmeric

ABV

5.5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium to light body

APPEARANCE

Deep turmeric yellow with yellowish-white head

FLAVOUR

Turmeric and liquorice notes, with a honey after-taste

Special Beer

Toit's DIPA

This special beer is a robust Pale Ale brewed with Munich & Pale Ale malts, generously hopped with El dorado, Amarillo, Idaho and Mosaic hops.
If you like your beers hoppy, our new special is sure to make you happy! (Sorry not sorry.)

AROMA

Malty with plenty of hops

ABV

6.6%

MOUTHFEEL

Light to medium body

APPEARANCE

Light copper

FLAVOUR

Hoppy

Special Beer

Namma Beeru

Our very own harvest brew, this one is an easy drinking, refreshing beer.

In keeping with our beer pledge to use local ingredients in our beers, this robust ale is generously infused with finger millet seeds, locally known as ‘Ragi’, a staple food in many households in Karnataka. 

Namma Beeru was created to celebrate the festivity and joy of the harvest season in South India!

AROMA

Well balanced with maltiness, mild sweetness and hops

ABV

5.2%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body

APPEARANCE

Straw to golden

FLAVOUR

Slight sweetness from the malt

Guest Brew On Tap

No Parking Pilsner

Going into the new year celebrating craft, we’re hopped to be hosting the No Parking Pilsner by Arbor Brewing Company on our guest tap.

Brewed with all German malts and imported German tettnang hops for a classic crispy, dry, full- flavored, pilsner character, this beer is a medium-bodied lager with a mildly salty noble hop bitterness.

AROMA

Floral and herbal

ABV

5.5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium body

APPEARANCE

Straw to golden

FLAVOUR

Crispy, dry, full flavoured