BRUNCH!!! My favourite meal. Ever. It’s breakfast, but you don’t have to get up stupid early to eat and it’s not only expected that you drink, but the drink should be sparkly or contain vodka. Best thing ever in life. So, it has been my mission to become an expert on brunches wherever I go. The reason there aren’t many brunch posts on this blog is because, if I’m honest, most of the time I scarf down my food and forget to take pictures. You’ll just have to trust me on this, I’ve had brunch pretty much everywhere.
So, where does The Delaunay rank? Well, it’s not bad actually. I have two rules when it comes to brunch: Order Eggs Benedict/Florentine/Royale/Whatever they decide to call eggs on a muffin covered in hollandaise sauce and accompany that with prosecco/Champagne.
I met a group of my girlfriends on a snowy Sunday and I have to say, I love the location of the Delaunay. It’s not too close to Covent Garden to be annoying and full of tourists, but it’s close enough to still have that busy hub vibe. I also walked by this awesome place on my way, so it got extra points.
The bubbles were great, but let’s be honest, it’s not hard to get decent Champagne in London so i’ll move on.
The girls ordered lobster rolls which I am never eating again unless it’s at Burger and Lobster and we were having brunch so I had to stick to my rules.
I felt that I needed some iron after a relatively late night out, so I went for the Florentine. If you want eggs Royale, they call it Arlington at The Delaunay. I don’t know why and when I asked, they just explained what it was, not why they decided to change the name from the accepted convention. I didn’t order it, so that’s all I can really comment on.
My Florentine however, was actually quite good. not too soggy (which can happen due to the wilted spinach) but I will say the hollandaise wasn’t quite tangy enough for me. to much buttery, not enough tang. It was also a little thick for my personal preferences But to each his own. I still ate the whole thing.
I also had an excellent cappuccino props to the person who made it, excellent presentation.
My only criticism would be that it’s a little stuffy in there. The atmosphere isn’t super welcoming and it felt like they were putting on airs as if they were The Woseley They aren’t, although they are owned by the same group who also do Colbert in Sloane Square. They also make an excellent Florentine. But If I had to rank out of this group, it would be The Woseley, Colbert (amazing Atmosphere) and finally The Delaunay.
The Delaunay is about the same price as the Woseley, so I would go to the latter if you have a choice, but either way, both are going to cost you about £30/head with a drink.
If you’re interested in The Delaunay you can book through their website: www.thedelaunay.com