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You Can’t Go Wrong at The Delaunay

There are some classic restaurants in London that tick the boxes for every occasion.

Perfect for a working lunch, a romantic dinner date or a girlie brunch…The Delaunay, a restaurant in the tradition of a grand European Cafe easily ticks any box.

With wooden fixtures, green leather interior and white table clothes, on first glance you may think it’s a bit formal but actually the restaurant was buzzy and alive with all sorts of different people. Pretty cakes, biscuits and sandwiches can be purchased from the counter or you an sit down and enjoy the atmosphere.

The menu is quite German but one thing I notice is the proliferation of Jewish comfort food: Chicken noodle soup aka Jewish Penicillin, that winning combination of smoked salmon and creme cheese bagel (which would actually probably be my favourite thing ever) and beef Frankfurters, otherwise know as Kosher hot dogs.
First we’re presented with the baguettes, everything is silver and pretty…and I like everything to be silver and pretty. You can see the table was set for three, but two of us had exactly the same and  I was lenient on the blogger rules ‘everyone must order something different for the photo.’ 😉
I choose beetroot cured smoked salmon served with rye bread, and as a salmon connoisseur, it passed my test.
My companion chose a breakfast favourite, Eggs Benedict, as his lunchtime starter. The Delaunay is owned by Corbin and King who also own London institution The Wolseley as well as Colbert and Brasserie Zedel. The Wolseley is famed in London for it’s breakfast specifically this dish, which has been ably transferred to the menu at the Delaunay. Actually The Wolseley and The Delaunay are very similar in terms of atmosphere, menu and quality of service so if you’re having trouble booking one, try the other!
For my main course I chose trout with girolles, leeks and the thyme beurre blanc. The fish was beautifully cooked, medium rare as I’d asked for it and a crisp skin on top.
And for my companion a light dish of seared mackerel with tomatoes, cucumber, spring onion and preserved lemon dressing.
The Delaunay is pretty much a fail-safe option where you know the food and service will deliver. But my favourite thing about The Delaunay is the buzzy brasserie atmosphere, you just can’t go wrong.
The Delaunay
55 Aldwych
020 7499 8558
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  • This sounds wonderful! I love that you’re also a “nooo you must order something different” kind of gal! And for something to pass your salmon test, I know it’s gotta be good!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

  • Ohhh this place sounds fantastic. I’ve been looking for somewhere to take my mum and I’m sure she’ll love it here.

  • Fish is such a lovely thing to photograph, isn’t it? I never order it as a main course, but I like it when other people do so I can get the photos! 😉

  • love&limoncello

    You certainly cannot go wrong with the Delaunay. So pleased you broke the bloggers code, life is far too short to not eat what you fancy,.

    Zoe | Love and Limoncello

  • Mehreen A

    I was just thinking that not enough places do trout – and it looks wonderful here along with everything else xx

    Mehreen A | wrapyourlipsaroundthis.com

    • I love trout! And yes, it is quite underrated.
      Lots of love,

  • I’m impressed that you managed to resist their delicious pastries Angie

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • That hollandaise on the eggs benedict just looks fantastic!

  • This all looks seriously amazing.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • You’re so kind to your meal companions…! 😀

  • this all looks so amazing. now i’m hungry!


  • Catherine Lux

    I adore the Eggs Benny at Cafe Colbert, so I’m definitely gonna have to try the Eggs Benny at the Delaunay as well! At my old work I used to walk past the Delaunay every day, and every so often I’d treat myself to a croissant from there. They were really amazing croissants!

    C x | Lux Life

    • Oooh I’ll have to try their pastries. It’s a while since I’ve visited Colbert. I’ll have to go back.
      Lots of love,

  • Everyone has a ‘magic spot’ where nothing can ever go wrong – Golightly had Tiffany’s, you have Delaunay, I have…Paperchase. I’ve only been to Delaunay once and I loved their steak tartare! x

    Jasiminne / Posh, Broke, & Bored – Luxury lifestyle blog

  • Nothing better than fine dining…well, apart from my mum’s cooking 😉

  • I do like the Delaunay, but my visits haven’t always been consistent – burnt toast and disinterested service at times. The food is usually very good, though.

    • Oooh that’s a shame. I hope it’s better next time.
      Lots of love,

  • Lucy

    The German menu actually makes for a nice variation and based on your pictures the food looks wonderful. Especially the cured smoked salmon on rye yummy Lucy x

    • All the food was fab, a German menu is definitely something a little different.
      Lots of love,

  • Phew number 3 definitely got off lightly on the ordering rules! I’m liking the look of the beetroot cured salmon, it’s one of the things I almost always order when I see it on a menu as the other half has a nasty relationship with beetroot so we don’t eat it anymore! Plus I love the colour (and flavour) it gives the salmon… makes for pretty pictures!

    • I love beetroot salmon!! It’s so true, pretty and tasty!
      Lots of love,

  • Yummy! I love it so much when restaurants pull out the silver service with the white table clothes and silver pots!

    Katie <3

  • I looooove the Delauney for breakfast – their eggs royale is truly outstanding! The mackerel dish looks yummy too 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

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