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Square Meal Review of The Delaunay ?

Harking back to the glory days of grand European cafés, Corbin & King’s handsomely attired Delaunay has drawn just as many devotees as their long-standing success, The Wolseley. “Elegant surroundings”, “on-point service” and an atmosphere that’s “really humming” provide a pleasing backdrop to a Germanic-toned menu of accomplished classics: from liverwurst and steak tartare to Hungarian goulash, kedgeree and beef Stroganoff. On our last visit, grilled calf’s liver topped with crispy sage was cooked to perfection, while a hearty Ligurian fish stew was lifted by its herbaceous tomato sauce. Glossy tortes, strudels and Viennese afternoon teas are sweet highlights; grab a treat from the neighbouring Counter if you don’t have time to linger. An extensive breakfast menu and a wine list that’s “short but very well thought out” are additional attractions. “The Delaunay is a wonderful fail-safe,” concludes one reader. “No wonder it is a London favourite,” adds another.

Wine List of the Year Award Finalist

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.


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  1. 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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  1. 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...
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  1. 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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  1. 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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  1. Published : Tuesday, 11 December 2012

    HungryinLondon :: THE DELAUNAY (Covent Garden)

    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,...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 31 October 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: The Delaunay

    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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  1. 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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  1. Published : Monday, 6 August 2012

    samphire and salsify :: The Delaunay

    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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  1. Published : Sunday, 28 April 2013

    SamTheFoodFan :: The Delaunay

    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...
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  1. Published : Monday, 28 July 2014

    London Grump :: The Delaunay, Strand

    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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  1. Published : Thursday, 16 January 2014

    Munch My Way :: The Delaunay, Covent Garden

    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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  1. What is on offer: Continental European comfort food for the posh.

    Total bill: £80

    The food rating: 8.5/10

    The service rating: 8.5/10

    The overall rating: 8.5/10
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  1. With its prime location on the Aldwych and its links with the excellent Wolseley, The Delaunay is quite a destination, and the perfect subject for a restaurant review. There’s been a lot in the media recently about restaurants losing out on their usual summer boom season due to the Olympics, but bustling The Delaunay seemed to be having no such trouble, with not an empty table in sight.

    I visited with four work colleagues one Wednesday to mark the end of a project. As we waited to be shown to our table by a smartly dressed young waiter, we had a moment to take in the opulent surroundings. The Delaunay’s...
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  1. esterday, we met Joe, Jodi, and their sweetie-pie of a baby girl, Elizabeth, at The Delaunay for brunch. When we got there, I realized that I didn't feel like having any of the "typical" brunch options, even though they all sounded amazing (in particular, the "Viennese Breakfast" was tempting: smoked ham, salami, artisan Gouda, boiled egg, and a pretzel). Actually, I wanted a hot dog and fries (and, as it turned out, so did John and Jodi - Joe opted for a lobster roll). And, even though it was only 11:30, we wanted some prosecco.

    So we ordered a bottle...
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  1. There are some classic restaurants in London that tick the boxes for every occasion.

    Perfect for a working lunch, a romantic dinner date or a girlie brunch…The Delaunay, a restaurant in the tradition of a grand European Cafe easily ticks any box.

    With wooden fixtures, green leather interior and white table clothes, on first glance you may think it’s a bit formal but actually the restaurant was buzzy and alive with all sorts of different people. Pretty cakes, biscuits and sandwiches can be purchased from the counter or you an sit down and enjoy the atmosphere...
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