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28 July 2014
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The Delaunayone star

55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB

£51.00 Modern European Covent Garden

Overall Diner Rating

 

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  • Wine: £19.00
  • Champagne: £55.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11.30am-12M (Sun -11pm)

Square Meal Review of The Delaunay ?

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’.

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. The Delaunay

    55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB
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    Ant M.

    Very good

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  2. The Delaunay

    55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB
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    Margaret M.

    Viennese Glamour

        (2)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  3. The Delaunay

    55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB
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    Ashley D.

    Pre-Theatre Dinner and post theatre dessert.

        (2)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

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  4. The Delaunay

    55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB
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    Jane P.

    Delightful Delaunay

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 7

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  5. The Delaunay

    55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB
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    Hugo G.

    A Classic

        (10)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

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  6. The Delaunay

    55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB
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    Monikasays

    Grand dining

      Gold Reviewer  (36)

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 7

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  7. The Delaunay

    55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB
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    Selwa K.

    Loved it

        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  8. The Delaunay

    55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB
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    Continental Diner

    Amazing on so many levels.

      Platinum Reviewer  (110)
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  9. The Delaunay

    55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB
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    Ken M.

    Lunch Experience

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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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  10. The Delaunay

    55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB
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    Thomas B.

    It's a winner!

        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

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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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  2. Published : Thursday, 16th 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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  3. 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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  4. Published : Thursday, 31st 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Published : Sunday, 28th 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 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Published : Tuesday, 11th 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, 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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  11. Published : Monday, 6th 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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The Kean Room14
Joint Capacity26

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