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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Oktoberfest Special

märzen

The classic, traditional Marzen, this beer style originated in Bavaria and is brewed primarily for the Oktoberfest during the end of September and the beginning of October. 

Our version of the classic is an elegant, malty German lager with a rich and toasty malt flavour, with an aftertaste so rich that you can’t resist another glass. 

*(ABV in Pune and Mumbai is 4.9%, and 5.8% in Bengaluru)

AROMA

Moderate intensity aroma of German malt, rich, bready, toasty.

ABV

5.8%*

MOUTHFEEL

Medium-bodied, with a smooth, creamy texture.

APPEARANCE

Amber Orange

FLAVOUR

Moderately-dry to dry. Distinctive and complex maltiness including a bready, toasty aspect. Moderate hop bitterness and low hop flavour.

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

Oktoberfest Special

Dunkel Bock

A clear, dark brown coloured strong lager, this beer brings the typical bready and malty characters to the forefront. Our Dunkel Bock is a strong, medium bodied lager, which is toasty but does not have roasted flavours and maintains clean lager attributes. It has little to no hop aroma or flavour, with only slight bitterness to balance the malty richness.

Get in the festive spirit with the Dunkel Bock. Prost!

AROMA

Malty

ABV

6.5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium bodied, highly carbonated, smooth

APPEARANCE

Clear dark brown

FLAVOUR

Bready, toasty

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TOIT PUNE

Specials

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

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    • Brewery Tours are held on every 1st Saturday of the month. The tour and beer tasting session starts at 11:30am and lasts for about 1.5 hours.
    • 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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    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

    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

    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.

    Please contact us between 9am and 7pm for reservations

    Please contact us between 9am and 7pm for reservations

    Oktoberfest Special

    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.

    AROMA

    Slightly malty

    ABV

    5.5%

    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

    Specials

    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

    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

    Specials

    Guest Tap - Oi Brewing

    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

    Tall. Dark. Handsome.

    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