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020 7499 8558
Like its sibling The Wolseley, this "lovely buzzy restaurant" bears all the hallmarks of a Corbin & King success story, from "spot-on" service to please-all cooking for a big-city crowd. No wonder The Delaunay has become a perennial favourite on all counts: the welcome is "always friendly" and the David Collins interior "impresses straightaway" with its glossy dark wood, gleaming brass and polished stone floors. There's an "old-school Viennese" vibe here, so expect to find wiener schnitzel, choucroute and rich borscht, as well as traditional dishes from elsewhere in Europe such as chicken Kiev and the ever-popular kedgeree. Tempting patisserie and viennoiserie – including an exemplary sachertorte – are worth a visit alone: luckily the adjoining Counter at The Delaunay sells many of these goodies to go. We urge you to book ahead for the phenomenally popular pre-theatre slot, or start your day in splendid fashion with a gut-busting breakfast. In short, "a great London institution".
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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SquareMeal 2 Stars
020 7499 8558
Temple Tube Station 388m
Covent Garden Tube Station 482m
Aldwych Theatre 56m
Novello Theatre 122m
Mon- Fri 7am-11pm Sat 8am-11pm Sun 9am-10pm
The Delaunay’s two private dining rooms, both with a view of the main restaurant, are clad in beautiful wood panelling, featuring original paintings from the restaurant’s period collection. The Corner Room can seat up to eight guests and the Kean Room up to 14, and they can also be opened up to accommodate a single table of 24 guests. They are available to book for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. There is a plasma screen available in the Kean Room, making it well equipped for both business and celebratory occasions.
Food & Drink:
Rate & Review
Food + drink: 5
Arrived and were offered the option of sitting at the booked table or having a drink at the bar. We chose to sit at the table and have a drink. We weren't rushed at all, which is what you want from a good restaurant. My friends and selected our starters and chose to share amongst ourselves. The staff offered us additional plates so that we could share the starters. We each chose one. We chose the Monkfish as a main. This was very well cooked and tasted really good. The waitress wasn't ofay with the wines we were asking about and offered us the opportunity to taste one of the two wines. The wine we tasted didn’t seem the right fit for the food so I took a punt on the other wine which hit the spot. Ideally speaking to a sommelier would have been useful but we weren’t offered that option. Over all food good, service good but a little pricey. Highly recommend the Monkfish but drink red because of the pesto and garlic sauce not white.
Food + drink: 4
I have been to the Delaunay previously did not have a good experience (sea bass food poisoning that was subsequently blamed on the norovirus)!! However, I was willing to give this restaurant another chance and I am glad that I did.
For starters we tried the mushroom soup - which was absolutely delicious, right texture, full of flavor, my only criticism was that it was a tad too hot. We then tried the paprika chicken for two which was worth waiting for as the chicken was tender and again full of flavor - the vegetables were also nicely cooked. Overall the food was good, however the service was something that stood out for us. The door man was very polite, the check in girls were friendly and took our coats with minimal fuss. A quiet table was located for us - which is quite difficult as the restaurant was full and very noisy. The waiter was very knowledgeable and keen to assist us with our choices, he was friendly and service was relatively quick. The price was reasonable for two courses, including coffee and a glass of wine - £45 per head which was definitely good value for money for an enjoyable dinner.
Food + drink: 2
Our first visit to a busy restaurant at lunch today. Disappointingly our table wasn't ready when we turned up on time for our reservation, and we were pointed in the direction of the bar ( we didn't want drinks pre-lunch) so we wouldn't get in the way. I did have to remind the greeters of our presence which seemed to arouse some sarcasm. Fortunately after that the service we received was uniformly decent.
Sadly we both found the food well below par. I left part of my wild mushroom soup which had little flavour and a gloopy texture. The main course of beef stroganoff was quite unlike any version of this dish I'd had before and again was very short of flavour. My wife's plaice goujons /frites weren't at all exciting either.
The place itself was pleasant apart from the fact that it was extremely noisy as some others note. Our bill for 2 courses each and a pleasant bottle of Luberon from the lower end of the list came to £102. We don't think that was good value because the food was uniformly mundane.
I think this Brasserie will appeal to people who want a particular sort of buzzy ambiance, and prioritise this over well-cooked and interesting food. Certainly the place was packed to an extent that it's apparent that some people like it. But neither the ambiance and especially the food were to our taste and its unlikely that we 'll trouble them again.
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