I’ll just keep this one short (no pun intended).
My husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary at the weekend and wanted to go to somewhere which has been on our list for a while – The Delaunay. I know it has been around for a while but we had just never got around to going.
It was a beautiful summer evening so we started off with some Prosecco in the Somerset House courtyard. Tip: The courtyard is much sunnier and more relaxed that Tom’s Terrace on the riverside. And if you bring your bikini you can cool off in the fountains!
It was a short amble over the road to The Delaunay, which at 7.30pm, was quite quiet but soon filled up, including by the actor James Corden and his wife.
The food is Viennese with wieners as their signature dish. But they also have a fantastic selection of fish.
I started with the prawn cocktail. I know that’s not very inventive but prawns are my weakness. This was a hugely generous portion with a variety of large king prawns and smaller shrimps. There was a lovely mix of avocado and lettuce with the seafood sauce.
Matt chose a beetroot and goat’s cheese salad. I didn’t try it as I just can’t get to grips with beetroot, it just doesn’t work for me. He once snuck some into a smoothie he made me and I knew straight away!
Matt went for the wieners for his main course, two in fact. They were huge. I don’t have much knowledge about European sausages but he assured me they were the real deal. Served with potato salad, sauerkraut and caramelised onions, it was another giant plate which he struggled to finish.
I’d like to say I went for a dainty dish but instead I opted for the braised shoulder of lamb with white beans and paprika sausage – hefty! This was served in a beautiful saucepan but unfortunately with no side orders at all. Knowing this, we ordered some of the double-cooked chips which were naughty but delicious. I probably should have gone for some greens…
The staff at the restaurant were really attentive and patient with our questions about the menu. The place had a really lovely feel to it, with the sounds of lots of people having a great time. It is another restaurant in the same Parisian brasserie/Art Deco-style (and company) as The Wolseley and Brasserie Zedel which feel casual yet sophisticated.
Despite being quite stuffed after a meal which wasn’t exactly your usual summer fare we decided to go for something a bit tropical and fresh for dessert. The mango and coconut sorbet with pineapple compote which was deliciously light and refreshing.
The Delaunay lived up to all of our expectations with traditional food and service in a lovely setting and the perfect understated destination for us to celebrate a year of wedded bliss. Bleurgh!