Number 31 – A foodies paradise @ Defence Colony, Delhi

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.

Dockyard, Sector 29, Gurgaon

Dockyards are always huge and thats what this restaurants gives you a feel about – Hugeeeee. Spread over two floors and with a lot of outside open area, the place is beautifully done.
You ll notice a lot of micro brewery apparatus as they serve fresh beer and a giant LED wall on the lower floor just behind the bar.
Waiting for a meeting, i landed up here and wanting to try different dishes, ordered a non vegetarian platter – having Fish, chicken and mutton kebabs
The Murgh tikka was amazingly flavored with tomato and chilly paste and well cooked.
Mustard flavored fish was very delcately treated and had an awesome tanginess to it.
and my all time favorite mutton chapli kebabs are a must try at this place.
Even this much food was a lot for 2-3 diners.
I was there for a late Lunch so it was pretty light and the service was great & efficient unlike some other places where everyone is almost sleepy at this hour of the day.
Definetly coming back to try some more of its offerings. 🙂

Tourist @ Janpath, CP, Delhi

I am a sucker for open spaces specially high rise roof tops. And if that place is set right in the middle of the busiest place of the busiest city in India its even better. Reading about it a lot, I landed at Tourist with a colleague for a quick bite.

An interesting concept with menu and a lot knick knacks inspired by some of world’s famous places, Tourist if spread across various levels with mutliple bars and a choice of seating options. Pick a cozy corner inside or an awe inspiring open air rooftop option.

We tried a COQ AU VIN ( I can never pronounce this tongue twisters correctly mannnnn. its embarassing:) The chicken in this dish was perfectly cooked and a reduction of Red wine sauce complimented in perfectly. The accompanying  veggies were beautifully cooked. It was the chefs recommendation.
We also got ourselved a thin crust pizza loaded with delicious cheese and chicken chunks and I totally forgot what they were called.
I have heard they a have some very nice desserts which due to shortage of time I had to skip. I ll be soon coming back for them.
The staff is super helpful though I guess even they are getting acquainted to such an Internationally diversified menu. Everything said and done… this place is a must try and fully recommended specially for your evening hangouts… Enjoy and have fun !!!!

Sunny Sunday Afternoon with Lights Camera Action, Rajouri Garden

On a sunny Sunday afternoon , the best place to be in Delhi is a beautiful rooftop . On a similar Sunday, i tried out the much famous Rajouri Garden now known for its buzzing restaurants. Landed up at LCA, with a very interesting bollywood theme.

They have a indoor as well as outdoor sitting spaces and we chose to be on the rooftop. It was just me and my daughter so we ordered a Penne pasta and a chicken pizza. Both of the dishes were well cooked and full of flavors. Loaded with cheese and lip smacking chicken chunks.. I loved the pizza more..

The staff was very courteous to get a warm drink for us as my daughter had a little cold going. It was a really nice gesture.

The place is a must visit for both a casual drink or a satiate your hunger.

Prankster, The F&B Campus, Gurgaon

After a long time I came across a beautiful concept restaurant which has given immense attention to its ambience. Apart from the decor it served impeccable and delicious dishes which remained true to its flavors. All this was topped with a heart warming hospitality and some really fun elements incorporated in every aspect of the restaurant and call themselves PRANKSTER the F&B Campus.

Located in the always buzzing and ever growing Sector 29 market of Gurgaon, the place is spread over more than 10,000 sq feet.. yes its huge.. may be even more behind the walls…. And is divided into different sections resembling a campus – Library, Chemistry Lab, Classroom, hostel rooms and what not. The entire concept it based upon the premise of bringing back your old memories and nostalgia ( I almost got one while sitting on the stairs which felt like my college basket ball court and ties with hidden booze compartment .. lol.. I wish I had one in my college days).

Now lets talk about the Food. Every dish tried to retain a flavor from the past and present itself with a modern take on it. And it was done impeccably.

The delicious Fattir Pizzas with flaky rims were spot on. The melting cheese and the delicious chunks of meat were to die for.

Bombay tawa pulao croquettes were a really interesting dish but I got highly impressed with Pav Bhaji Burgers. The bhaji was compressed into a patty and served with a delicious masala.

I was told that potatoes used in there honey chilly potato were organically grown and thus giving it a very smooth texture and rich flavors.

As usual, I asked the bartender to give me the signature drinks and he belted out a very nice Prankster Punch , a well balance vodka based cocktail.

A great place to explore something new, connect with some old memories, be with some friends or hangout with your family. This place has something or other for everyone and for every occasion.

Lord of the Drinks, CP, Delhi

I love it when restaurants experiment with something new and recently I was lucky enough to witness and taste a One-day special menu created and curated by Rahul Batra for LOTD.

This property is a huge one with lots of seating options, cozy corners and an amazing rooftop which is now pretty much a standard in CP.

Coming to the food, I tried the MUTTON ASHARFI PARATHA and CHICKEN TIKKA LASAGNA from the special menu.

Two parathas topped with spicy, well ground, perfectly cooked keema were really delicious with the gravy moistening the breads making it even more delicious.

and the lasgna was a perfect fusion of east and west with a great balance of the indian flavor of the tikka and the smoothness of lasagna coming together.

Kudos to the team who executed these concepts with great perfection.

BeerYani, GK2, Delhi

A couple of years back when I first landed up in their SDA outlet, I was highly impressed by the name, quality of food and the ambience. At that time I was not very much into writing about my experiences, though recently I had a chance to visit the GK outlet. It was a Game Night – Cricket – India Vs WI so obviously the place was packed, but the well trained staff was swift enough to locate some place for us near the bar.

The place is beautifully decorated with multi colored bottles and knick knacks and is spread over two floors ( They even have an open kitchen which you can look at from outside). Amongst all the cheering and expletives 🙂 we ordered some Draught beer and a MUTTON BIRYANI and some munchies.

The beer was ofcourse, super chilled and refreshing but it was the biryani which made me fall me in love with it – fragrant, long grains of aromatic rice with beautifully cooked, meaty, juicy chunks of mutton – both having the perfect flavor of each other with some of there secret ingredients made it stand out.

Even though India lost that day but the Biryani won hands down over several others I have had.

They have a very interesting menu which I fully intend to try some other day but as the name suggests , if BEER and BIRYANI are your two loves, then this place is definitely for you .