1Q1, one of the city’s most favoured Asian restaurants, has now introduced an all-day Sunday breakfast. Having scrapped its Sunday brunch six months earlier, this new addition, says owner, Anirudh Kheny, is to tap into the growing numbers of families looking for a breakfast date in the area, fitness enthusiasts who frequent the neighbouring Cubbon Park and anyone else in search of a great way to start their day.
We started our tasting with the Classic Eggs Benedict. The origin stories of this American favourite may be conflicting, but there’s nothing uncertain about the fact that it is a delicious dish. 1Q1’s version is perfection, with richly buttered bread over which are placed beautifully poached eggs and bacon. This was paired with a thick Avocado Smoothie made with avocado, yoghurt, honey and oats. We enjoyed the subtle and natural sweetness of the honey with the buttery texture and flavour of the avocado. If you’re not the type to enjoy an elaborate breakfast, this smoothie is just what you need, as it fills you up without making you feel heavy and lethargic.
Health obsessives looking to indulge a little bit, may opt for the Activated Charcoal Pancake with Maple Syrup and Melted Butter. While the toppings were decadent, the pancake, infused with toxin-clearing activated charcoal, served to assuage some of the guilt. The pancakes themselves were light and slightly moist — just the way we like them.
The Asian section is one of their specialties, and a must-try is the Asian Taco. This dish is ideal for those looking for a hit of spice to kick start their day. Our soft shell tacos were filled with succulent chicken, crunchy lettuce, green beans and spicy mayo. This one really does wake you up, thanks to its punchy and sharp flavours. We also thoroughly enjoyed the Multigrain French Toast with Cinnamon Sugar and Honey. This comes with toasted multigrain bread drizzled with honey and little bowls of cinnamon sugar and honey, which you can put together yourself for some ‘breakfast DIY.’
The menu also includes breakfast platters, such as Breakfast The 1Q1 Way (eggs, toast, hash brown, bacon etc), besides sweet and savoury waffles, pho, quiche, croissant and breakfast cocktails (from 11.30 am). By covering an eclectic range of cuisines and delivering on quality and flavour, 1Q1 has been able to do what few other restaurants in the city have attempted when it comes to breakfast.
Rs.800++ for two. At Queens Road