The Delaunay is one of my favourite places to eat in London. Its atmosphere, decor, service and food are relentlessly perfect. Every time I step through the elegant glass doors of the Grand European Cafe I instantly feel like I've stepped through into Vienna, Paris, Berlin, anywhere but the centre of London.
The Delaunay is always a popular choice when my family and I meet for dinner, and last night was no exception. So at 7:30 on a late summer Sunday evening we headed back through those elegant glass doors.
Their all day à la carte menu offers an incredible mixture of clean classics such as steak tartare, as well as comforting and traditional European delicacies including all kinds of wieners and schnitzels, borscht, goulash and choucroute.
I chose the roasted scallops and prawns atop a bed of seashore vegetables and glazed in a citrus dressing. The scallops were perfectly sweet and gently melted in the mouth, whilst the citrus dressing provided a contrast with a light and refreshing twist. The seashore vegetables were inspired, and gently accentuated the seafood's inherent saltiness.
As it was a Sunday my sister rather unsurprisingly ordered her favourite - the weekly Sunday special of roast beef. However, unlike many sunday roasts this cut of beef is like a full and rich fillet steak. It was cooked to perfection and surrounded by equally delicious accompaniments.
We also ordered the fillet of sea bass with grilled fennel, endive and sauce vierge. The soft and sweet flesh of the sea bass was encased by perfectly crisped skin. The endive and fennel were melting and caramelised, harmoniously complimenting the tangy sauce vierge and tomatoes.
After walking past the cake counter on our way to the table it would have been criminal to refuse a dessert, and mille-feuille is one of my all time favourites. So, I ordered the lemon and pistachio mille-feuille. Its many decadent layers were formed of a crisp pastry and an alternation of smooth and light pistachio and lemon crème pâtissière.
Their classic chocolate éclair was perfectly crafted, oozing with rich chocolate crème pâtissière and lathered in a silky ganache.
The Delaunay is, for me, a classic. The food is consistent and the service is attentive, friendly but subtle. It is a true European eatery in the heart of London.
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