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Like a grand European café ‘polished with an English accent’, The Delaunay goes ‘from strength to strength’, delivering the kind of consistency that turns a newcomer into a warmly regarded classic.
‘A more civilised sister to The Wolseley’, it boasts the same Corbin & King hallmarks – from a warm, buzzy atmosphere that ‘wraps round you like a cashmere blanket’ to impeccable service from
staff who ‘greet you like an old friend’. Beyond the top-hatted doorman lies a handsome if masculine dining room, with leather banquettes, smart brass fittings and a glossy monochrome floor.
Big-hearted signature dishes on the all-day menu range from generous wiener schnitzel, rich borscht and choucroute à l’alsacienne to classic apple strudel and sachertorte, all ‘superbly presented’
and backed by a wine list ‘with value at both ends’. We’ve also enjoyed some gut-busting breakfasts, too. Diners are unanimous, declaring it ‘an all-round success’.
This is a great example of a list that knows what it is trying to do, and does it confidently and without distraction. Entirely European wines, one or two blingy bottles, but mostly under £50 and with over 40 out of the 50-odd bins available by the glass or carafe, it’s perfect for the pre-theatre crowd.
My original Filo foodie buddy A is back in London and what better way to celebrate her visit than a cheeky brunch date at The Delaunay?We started off with deliciously cheeky cocktails. R had an Abbey (gin, oj, bitters), I had a Mary Rose (gin, elderflower, rosemary), A had a Delaunay (gin, benedictine). All cocktails were £8.75 each and were very, very, worthwhile...
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The Delaunay opened its doors in 2012, the latest glitzy London restaurant from two of the nation’s most accomplished restauranteurs, Jeremy King and Chris Corbin.Other than a slightly more relaxed atmosphere, The Delaunay is almost identical to its King and Corbin predecessor, The Wolseley. Decor is once again inspired by Grand European cafés of Vienna, Zurich and Budapest, cafes which I can only assume are infinitely more glamorous than our shoddy greasy spoons...
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The Delaunay is the sibling to The Wolseley in Green Park.The place resembles the character of The Wolseley… It's grand and elegant filled with men in suits and women looking gorgeous...The menu service starts from breakfast at 7am, lunch and dinner.. Since its an early start for me, I come to try their breakfast..The food offered is not much different from The Wolseley.. You get the usual classics such as the English Breakfast, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine etc...
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Opened by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, it’s hard to think the Delaunay is only approaching its second birthday – it feels like it has been at the Aldwych forever. Seeing as it’s my parents favourite restaurant I was more than happy to join them for a bite to eat after seeing Warhorse at the New London Theatre (you really should go and see it).The inside was beautiful with its dark wood panelled walls and tables covered in white linen tablecloths; it’s the sort of place you feel comfortable as soon as you’ve arrived. The atmosphere was spot on; the noise of chatter filled the air without being deafening...
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What is on offer: Continental European comfort food for the posh.Total bill: £80The food rating: 8.5/10The service rating: 8.5/10The overall rating: 8.5/10
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The Delaunay is one of those restaurants that is on ‘the must visit’ for many visitors to the capital, which is no surprise given its stylish yet relaxing dining room. For those who are looking for something other than one of the many French bistros proliferating London, the Delnaunay offers a more Germanic approach. Though like its sister restaurant, the Wolseley, there’s an eclectic choice of dishes, as well as a very attractive afternoon tea...
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In terms of food, the Delaunay wears a strong Austrian/Germanic influence on its sleeve. Now, I have to make a confession here that we are really big fans of real German country cooking (Nathalie particularly has fond memories dating back to trips to the Black Forest throughout her childhood), and so our standards were set quite high...
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The Delaunay is a restaurant from Corbin and King, the brains behind The Wolseley and the newer Brasserie Zedel and Colbert. None of which I have had the pleasure to go to....yet. It styles itself on a Central European grand café and the moment you walk through the door you feel like you could be walking through a Victorian train station. Time seems to have stood still. There is a smart doorman, large antique mirrors lining the walls, dark wood everywhere, white table linen and silver tableware. It certainly looks grand. As well as a fantastic looking breakfast menu, the all day dining menu (last orders at midnight!) features a lot of Austrian and German favourites and those are the dishes I went for. Although there were several other dishes that caught my eye...
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The Delaunay, situated on the giant roundabout that is the Aldwych, is Chris Corbin and Jeremy King’s sister restaurant to The Wolseley and Brasserie Zedel (which I have become obsessed with). The restaurant looks like it’s been around for years and has all the class and style that you may expect from two accomplished restauranteurs...
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The Delauney bills itself as a grand European cafe, and it certainly is grand inside. it oozes old world charm from the hefty marble to the stained oak panelling, the linen table cloths and napkins (which are great until you find half the lint has attached itself onto your black dress!) and of course a grand old clock face at the back.There’s an emphasis on quality too, evident in the freshly baked bread and a plate of butter I could have gobbled up all on its own...
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Needless to say the food at Delaunay is excellent. It might look grand but it has a wide range of dishes meant for every budget and taste. Their hotdogs are around 8 quid which is a bargain considering the setting. My favourite is their schitznel. I have tried the deluxe veal version topped with eggs and anchovies - so very delicious. I must say the toppings make all the difference. The chicken version simply adorned with sea sap flakes is less sinful perhaps a little less satisfying but makes a perfectly good meal nevertheless. I had a beef tartare once too, accompanied by a salad and fries which was delicious and I thought good value at £20 for the quality...
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It took me a long time to finally make it to The Delaunay. Despite the glowing reviews I was a bit reluctant to try it, as I was suspicious of its label as ’Grand European café”. Having lived in Vienna for 5 years, I think I know everything about Central/Middle Grand European cafés and I couldn’t deal with a fake version. How wrong I was! The Delaunay indeed has the elegant flair of a traditional Viennese coffee house, just less faded and with friendlier staff (Viennese waiters are infamous for their grumpiness). The Delaunay has managed to recreate the effortless grandeur of Viennese in fin de siècle places, and you find the white table clothes, the brass, the marble, the mirrors, the high ceilings and the waiters in suit...
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