Run by Christopher Corbin and Jeremy King who opened the hugely successful Wolseley on Piccadilly, the Delaunay is more than a match for its trendy sibling.The Delaunay has a fantastic Aldwych location, a mere stone’s throw away from several West End theatres but secluded from the hustle and noise of Covent Garden.
The décor is very much ‘old new york’ with wood panelling, low lighting and white linen. The layout is spacious which thankfully allows you to not be party to the conversation on the next table, but not in a way that you feel unattended or away from the hubbub.Vegetarians rejoice – this is a restaurant that genuinely aims to cater to all taste buds and there is a separate menu for us with lots of variety! The Minx (my daughter, nearly six) requested mash, honey-roasted carrots, spring vegetables and gravy which she said was ‘delicious’(high praise indeed). I went for gruyere omelette and fries washed down with champagne (one has to celebrate the Jubilee weekend of course…).
For you carnivores, the Husband tried spatchcock chicken with salsa verde and vegetables which went down very well (I luckily stopped him before he started licking the plate). The menu boasts several ‘Weiners’ too, which are apparently the best in town if that’s your fancy.
There is a dessert treat for art fans in the form of a dessert named ‘Lucian’ named after the late Lucian Freud who ate at the Wolseley nearly every day until his death last summer.To top it all, the Delaunay has impeccable service, is child-friendly and has a warm, welcoming feeling. This restaurant is almost a home from home (should I live in a restaurant).