In a line: A new entarant in Defence Colony market, serving all day breakfast along with sushis and dim sums.
Cuisine: Continental, Asian
Price for two: Rs. 1800(approx)
Location: 31, Defence Colony Market, Defence Colony, New Delhi
Nearest metro station: Lajpat nagar
Must haves: Poached eggs on hummus, truffled mushrooms on toast, pumpkin and goat cheese fried dim sums
Whether you’re you’re wanting to sit back and unwind a hectic day over an intimate dinner with your loved one or if you are looking for a place for roaring Sunday brunches, this new entrant in Defence Colony market can the perfect pick if good food is what you crave!
Touting itself as the first breakfast, sushi and dim sum bar, Number 31 in Defence Colony market, is geared up to offer some praise worthy continental and Asian delicacies, that will surely make you come back for more!
Spread across three floors, the chic interiors of the restaurant are inspired by warmth and vibrancy, which lend a clean character to the space. If indoors are not what you seek, then their simplistic terrace, adorned with comfortable couches and greenery around, can be your refuge.
The menu manoeuvres its way through the all day breakfast menu to sandwiches and burgers to sushis and dim sums. If you’re calorie conscious, then opt for a bowl of their chia seed(superfood!) pudding, that is topped with dried cranberries, walnuts, dates and sliced green apple. Breakfast options are plentiful, but the eggs benedict with arugula salad will do the trick. English muffins topped with smoked salmon and perfectly poached egg, the dish is perfect to start your day. But my favourite would be their poached eggs on hummus. Though might not sound very promising, the dish is absolutely addictive, so much so, that it was becoming hard for me to not march my fork towards it after every few minutes.
Truffled mushroom on toast, is yet again, a addictive dish, that comprises of wild mushrooms, cooked in cheese sauce, spread over a loaf slice and paired with potato fries. Without doubt, a must have!
While the golden crisp on one side, 5 spice lamb gyozas and the beautiful radish-like spicy chicken dumplings were good enough, the unusual and delicious, pumpkin and goat cheese fried dim sums would be my pick, every time I visit Number 31. Though not a fan of vegetarian sushi, the crispy tempura fried asparagus sushi turned out to be rather good. Continuing my love for crunch and fried, the favourite had to be their dragon roll, that is worth a try for sure.
To conclude and end my meal on a sweet note, I devoured the fudgy chocolate brownie or chocolate mojo with ice cream. The deep fried ice cream rolls, crisp on the outside, were a tad bit chewy because of the thick layer over it. Though I’d anyday opt for some fluffy pancakes, which Number 31 certainly excels at. Blueberry pancakes, drizzled generously with cream cheese tasted heavenly, but it was the stuffed nutella pancake, that was the perfect show stopper. Fluffy, stuffed with nutella and served along with some maple syrup, the pancake was demolished on sight.
Confession: Overall, my meal at Number 31 turned out to be much better than what I had expected. No frills interiors and quality food paired with swift service, make Number 31 a star restaurant amongst the myriad options in Defence Colony.
Value for money: 4/5