Monday, July 15, 2013

London Guide: Brunch at The Delaunay

Brunch at The Delaunay feels decadent while maintaining the hazy, dream-like quality that I love about a good Sunday morning. With low lighting and a dark wood and emerald motif, the classic setting makes you feel timeless.

The brunch menu at The Delaunay is a bit light on the breakfast items, but they don't disappoint. There is also a good selection of Germain fair on the menu, which sets The Delaunay apart from your average brunch menu.  I opted for the salt beef and mustard pretzel - a huge pile of really juicy salt beef on a closely-formed pretzel to make an optimal sandwich maker.  The sandwich was served with the most delicious cucumber salad I've had - and I like cucumbers, but I think it takes a lot to turn them into something special.  The bellini are pretty great, as well.

The brunch menu includes a number of other dishes that I look forward to trying in the future - waffles with blueberries and creme fraich, black and white pudding with a fried duck egg, roast squash salad with quails egg, a brioche burger or any of their German sausages with potato salad, sauerkraut and caramelised onions.  The Delaunay also does afternoon tea.

If you feel like a slightly more casual meal, want to meet with someone over coffee or want a take away, The Delaunay also has a separate area in the front of the building (on the Aldwych) called The Counter that serves great coffee, pastries, hotdogs, pretzels, sausages, sandwiches and cakes. Luckily, on my way to work, I get off the bus right outside the entrance!

Ratings: (numbers out of 10, £ out of 4)
Food: 7
Atmosphere: 8
Service: 8
Price: £££
Overall experience: 8

PS: I've updated past London Guide posts with ratings.

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