The Delaunay

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Grand European cafés provide the inspiration: the interior is a treat, and the all-day menu has something for everyone – at prices that aren’t greedy.

The Delaunay was Chris Corbin and Jeremy King’s 2012 follow-up to the Wolseley and, like that handsome behemoth, it looks like it’s been here for decades. Grand European cafés provide the inspiration, and the interior is a treat – a David Collins-designed mix of green leather banquette seating, dark wood, brass rails, antique mirrors and a black and white marble floor. The café and bar area leads through to the main dining room; next door is the Counter (a café serving savouries, cakes and coffee, with takeaway available).

The menu runs from breakfast to dinner, taking in afternoon tea (a not-to-be-missed opportunity to try the Austrian-biased cakes, all made in-house). There’s a dish of the day (goulash, say, or chicken curry), soups, salads and egg dishes, plus savouries (welsh and buck rarebits) and crustacea. The sandwich selection runs from croque monsieur to a brioche burger with french fries. Starters include steak tartare and smoked salmon plates; mains take in kedgeree and choucroute à l’Alsacienne. There’s also a good choice of sausages, served with potato salad, sauerkraut and caramelised onions: try the käsekrainer (an Austrian meat and cheese version).

In short, there’s something for everyone, at prices that aren’t greedy given the setting, the quality of the service and the assuredness of the menu.

 

Venue name: The Delaunay
Contact:
Address: 55 Aldwych
London
WC2B 4BB
Opening hours: Breakfast served 7-11.30am Mon-Fri; 8-11am Sat. Brunch served 11am-5pm Sat, Sun. Tea served 3-6.30pm daily. Meals served 11.30am-midnight Mon-Sat; 11.30am-11pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden; Temple; Charing Cross
Price: Main courses £6-£2. Cover (lunch and dinner) £2.Dinner for two with wine and service: around £120