The Delaunay 22

55 Aldwych , London, WC2B 4BB

020 7499 8558

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SquareMeal Review of The Delaunay

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 it's 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 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".

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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8.3

Food & Drink: 8.8

Service: 7.9

Atmosphere: 8.3

Value: 7.8

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Sarah R. gold reviewer 14 November 2017

When a dessert is served to the table by a woman in a white coat, it is clear a restaurant takes their craft seriously and it is wise not to skip this course. This was certainly true at The Delaunay where the Austrian influenced desserts taste as delightful as they look. A Black Forest gateaux filled with luxuriously rich chocolate mouse and a light sponge soaked in just the right amount of kirsch. I could go on but I’m not Paul Hollywood. The staff at The Delaunay match the wow factor of the desserts. My husband considered the dish of the day but didn’t like the sides and the waiter instinctively knew what he would prefer, Friendly, fun and considerate, nothing was too much trouble. We were celebrating a mile stone anniversary and The Delaunay was the perfect setting; dark wood panelled walls reminiscent of our honeymoon on the Orient Express, crisp white linen tablecloths, champagne glasses straight from the set of the Great Gatsby. The food is the impeccable quality expected from Corbin & King restaurants, simple, elegant and packed with flavour. Chicken Kiev bursting with garlic butter, plump mackerel fillets contrast with a citric salad. Thank you to The Delaunay for a memorable celebration.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Frank C. silver reviewer 25 July 2017

The Delaunay is named after the prestigious French automobile marque of the early 20th Century that carried the proud name of Delaunay-Belleville. These cars were the epitome of luxury and craftsmanship in their day and among proud owners were the King of Spain and the last Tsar of Russia. They were not showy machines but ones that purred with efficiency and grace. This restaurant lives up to the name in terms of both craftsmanship and excellence. The food is not dependent on culinary contrivance but on high quality produce. Natural flavours are enhanced and not hidden under unnecessary spices or pretentious sauces. The Delaunay lives by the axiom that simplicity is at the core of true elegance. The dishes are those solid and timeless staples of a Europe to which Britain belonged and always will: pot-roast guinay fowl, lamb, roast cod, kedgeree, sea bass with kale, goujons of plaice, sausages, schnitzels, beef stroganoff. All are wonderfully cooked and nurture body and soul. The Delaunay is a large restaurant and is invariably busy and full. This makes the outstanding service all the more remarkable. The staff could not be friendlier and you will feel warmly welcomed from the moment you come through the door. The staff always finds time for conversation, for a funny remark, for an expression of personality. One is cocooned in an atmosphere of relaxed, warm-hearted and competent elegance. I have been to The Delaunay for breakfast, lunch, dinner and after the theatre. I have done so frequently over the years. I have never had any but a very enjoyable experience. This is a restaurant that lifts the spirits and speaks of a courteous and kind Europe of unpretentious good food and great style. Long may that Europe, and its very representative Delaunay, continue to thrive.. Bravo!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Alison L. 15 May 2017

We enjoyed a very long leisurely lunch here on Saturday. The table was booked for 1.15pm and we finally left at 5.30pm, but the lengthy stay didn't seem to bother any of the waiting staff at all. They were welcoming and at no point indicated that they might need the table for other guests (as happens in other places). We were served by 2 separate waiters (the first was able to take his break and come back to find us still there!), both of whom were very professional, but we built some 'banter' with them as the afternoon wore on. The food was excellent - well-presented and arrived quickly after ordering, despite the restaurant being full. We had: Chicken Kiev, Eggs Florentine, Cod Fillet and Beef Stroganoff. All were excellent. The side orders were generous (watch out for the pickled cucumber salad though - it's delicious, but very spicy!). We can also highly recommend the Strudels for dessert! The waiters looked after us really well, keeping us topped up with water and wine, without trying to get us to buy more. The atmosphere was 'buzzy' - a real mix of the smartly dressed and those in jeans (us included). Lots of chatter and no background music, which our group appreciated, being of a more 'delicately-eared' age! It isn't a cheap restaurant, but I think you get what you pay for - it's a lovely place, great food and attentive service. The overall experience was really really good. I love this place and am looking forward to the next visit already!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Lynn W. platinum reviewer 15 December 2016

A Christmas catch up with friends, and the place was busy and noisy, so noisy we had to shout to hear each other. The staff seemed harassed and perfunctory. The food is mostly familiar, is mostly good and generous in size. Three of us had prawns and avocado with sauce Marie Rose, all fine, no surprises. The chopped chicken salad was OK. Three of us had the Tuesday special - paprika braised short rib of beef, which was a bit chewy and the sauce more like a sweet barbecue sauce than expected though still enjoyable. The goujons of plaice with tartare sauce and fries were good, the sea bass with fennel, artichokes, and saffron dressing was said to be delicious. As it was Christmas we all went for dessert, though not really needed after those substantial main courses. The Franz-Joseph Kaiserschmarren with plum compote was new to us, a sort of fluffy pancake served chopped up with the fruit and sour cream, there was plenty for everybody. Cranberry & apple crumble with custard, and apple & cinnamon strudel with ice cream were as expected. The ice cream coupes were large with plenty of good ice cream and topped off with plenty of whipped cream. This place used to be quietly glamorous, but now it seems over filled and over rushed, with wine and water splashed into the glasses rather carelessly. It may well be better at other times of the year but I think I'll steer clear of it in mid December in future.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Lisa M. 27 October 2016

Although we didn't go into the onsite restaurant, we ordered some food at the bar a few times and it was delicious. The bar area and lobby were nice and open, good place to relax and meet friends.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 3.0

Sarah B. bronze reviewer 19 October 2016

To sum it up... Good food, slow service and very noisy. Quite expensive and expected more in the way of speedy service and ambiance.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Lucy D. 08 August 2016

Really loved the atmosphere here. It was a small group of us catching up and it was quiet enough to have a good conversation but without being too quiet. Food was delicious, and would definitely recommend to friends.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Maria C. 18 May 2016

I loved. Great customer service. All food top notch, to good. big problem you eat to much. The staff were watchful and the management impeccable. Would definitely go back soon.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

nigel c. 04 April 2016

We really enjoyed our early evening experience eating at the Delaunay following a nearby theatre visit.Very welcoming and helpful staff and a good mid european food menu all well presented and portioned ( one desert is enough for two in our opinion). The bill includes service but were so pleased we added extra and will visit again ...

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Katherine K. 27 February 2016

We had hugh hooes given the reviews, & rely on Squaremeal. We both had smoked eel to start which was smothred by an overly sweet sauce. Oue bith has sea bas as mains, which lacked flavor. The highlight was the streudel and coffee. Atmisphere was great. Food not so much. Will not return.

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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.

The Corner Room
Capacity: 10
The Kean Room
Capacity: 14
Joint Capacity
Capacity: 24