Find and book great restaurantsFind a Restaurant
|Address:||55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB|
|Tel:||020 7499 8558|
|Price: £51.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £55.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 11.30am-12M (Sun -11pm)|
This review hasn't been rated yet.
It's important to be fair; after all a lot of money has gone into Delaunay.
The place is seriously easy on the eye, it feels authentic. The welcome earlier this week, on a beautiful day, for lunch, was very professional, a smile from a smart, well presented young woman, an expression of appreciation for a return visit, came across really well. Service continued to be attentive but not intrusive. Four of us, old friends and colleagues, got what we bargained for: a congenial, unhurried, tasty lunch at just over £55 per person.
So, why the slightly guarded ratings?
Well, I'm not sure this place has yet hit it's stride, though I think it will. For some reason, the omelette Arnold Bennett which at the Wolsesley is SO good, here tastes less unctuous, less “creamy”. Once again I had the choucroute which was, again, getting on for very good – especially the cabbage which was not “vinegary” at all, but somehow the dish as a whole came across as a bit “ austere”. The wine, which another of us chose, was really just right for my food – being an Alsatian Pinot Gris, but I think it was overpriced for what it was. After all, this grape is not exactly “high flown” or exotic.
We left in good spirits, so all in all, it was a good experience. But, somehow, the zeitgeist has not yet been captured here as it has at the Wolsesley. On the other hand, it is still easier to get a table here when you want one…