Being a food enthusiast comes with an advantage, the decision of every dine-out opportunity lies exclusively with you. One such evening with friends took us to the buzzing Defence Colony market. I was here after almost two years and was amazed to see the veterans rubbing shoulders with some really amazing new restaurants in the vicinity.
And we chanced upon Number 31 (Goes after the address of the building its housed in). A very charming and brightly lit place, with a lot of seating options spread across three floors, one of them being a roof top. Always being a sucker for open spaces, we chose to be on the rooftop (though later we had to shift ourselves indoors because of a sudden drop in temperature). They have very cozy interiors with a Sushi Counter and a pretty bar tucked away on both sides of the floor.
All the dishes have been handpicked from a huge range of international favorites primarily form Continental and Asian cuisine. The menu ranges from some delicious breakfast options, sandwiches, burgers, sushi, dimsums, meal bowls and some very sexy shakes. We shared our food preferences to a very efficient and trained staff, and left ourselves in the hands of the chef to feed us with his pick of dishes for us.
We got the following recommendations from them:
Hash Skillet – A skillet of eggs, topped with smoked cheddar and some really beautiful crisp bacon & veggies in the centre, it was a very flavorful dish with different textures in every spoonful. Served with a slightly sweet multi grain bread on the side.
Poached eggs on hummus – A very healthy middle eastern breakfast option with a nice, warm, runny poached egg topped with delicious hummus. A very subtle dish served with flat bread
Congee – Glutenised rice served with a variety of sides – chicken, burnt garlic, spring onion, boiled egg, onions, some nuts. Mix and match and create the flavors and textures you prefer.
Spicy Chicken Dim Sum – A very interesting presentation – shaped like red chillies and complete with a deep red color – it was filled with subtly spiced chicken. No one can have just one ☺
5 Spiced Lamb Gyoza, a pan fried Japanese dish, was very delectable dish. One of the spices slightly over powered the rest of them in this dish, I liked it a lot though.
Dragon roll – One of my favorite was this sushi with an inside of soft shell crabs giving it a very crunchy texture. It was sprinkled with small doses of beautiful looking caviar.
Nutella pancake – Ended my meal with a delicious sugar dust sprinkled Nutella pancake. Being a huge fan of nutella any amount of Nutella in any form factor is usually not enough for me, though I was fully satiated by this delicious pancake. Couple it up with a hot cuppa of your choice and you ll discover heaven.
I must say that each dish was carefully crafted with some really high quality ingredients and left us gasping for more. The food, hospitality and ambience were impeccable and top notch. I am sure coming back to try some more of Number 31’s food. A must try for a quick breakfast, or a peaceful business meeting or a lovely evening with friends or family.