It’s that time of year when we need to take pleasures where we can get them. January seems to be lasting a life time, those who have made it a dry one surely must take comfort in life’s other indulgences? I was pretty confident The Delaunay was going to deliver the devotion to decadence that I require at this time of year.
It pleases my senses! From the moment you walk in, there is a comforting level of arrogance, mixed with a friendly professional service that reassuringly reminds you to take note, enjoy what’s around you and on offer. From door to floor this establishment is everything that one would expect from the same restaurateur super duo Corbin & King of The Wolseley, Cafe Colbert etc (previously blogged). This beauty offers its patrons almost everything, from breakfast, afternoon tea through to dinner and then there is the Delaunay Counter next door (not bookable) that is more cafe style, informal and offers take- aways for worker bees with no time to enjoy the surroundings. The David Collins designed Delaunay seems a grown up venue, it oozes class, less glitzy than the ‘Grand Dame’ Wolseley.
We popped in for a meeting and a mid afternoon crumpet – with the expectation of warmth, comfort, design and quality. All of which we received with open arms – less the crumpet, which was a little on the disappointing side – with all those beautiful cakes on stands, displayed so enticingly, the expectation for the crumpet was possibly too high? It was warm yes, the butter melted on it, yes but that was where the love affair ended and the familiarity with a Sainsbury’s packeted version ensued. But in honestly this wasn’t really a big enough faux pas to affect the effects of the rest of the delights all around; from shining silver tea accoutrements to the intelligently positioned tables for people watching or people hiding, if so required. The slightly under- achieving crumpet hasn’t really put me off The Delaunay. Next time we’ll be back to sample the cake, or the oysters or a wiener?…..We reckon there is something for everyone.
The menu is in the European Grand Café tradition, the menus range from breakfasts, brunch on Saturdays & Sundays, all-day snacks, coffees, afternoon teas, sandwiches, platters of crustacea, ice-cream coupes, patisserie and cakes, and a full à la carte, with a daily changing plat du jour and an extensive selection of schnitzels and Wieners.
The drink options are also a delight to choose from with short wine list, derived entirely from Europe with all non-reserve wines available by the glass and 500ml carafe, along with an impressive range of teas and coffees.
Entertaining: Quite business-ey by week day but due to its super location with Aldwich/ Holborn to one side and Covent Garden and all its arts and growing restaurant scene in development (arrival of Balthazar is due soon) to the other side, this is an easy choice for breakfast meetings, dinners and private dining with clients in the week and with friends and family on your down time. The Delaunay offers extensive options for entertaining including take out and cake creations.
We ate: Crumpets and tea from £9.50 pp
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