The Delaunay is London’s equivalent to breakfasting at Tiffany’s. I imagined myself as a slightly less sophisticated Audrey Hepburn as I arrived in the grand dining room for a morning meeting.
A short walk from busy Covent Garden, this grand European café is open for breakfast , lunch and dinner, though brunch is perhaps their most popular meal. The building is refined and beautiful, with luscious furniture, a prominent vintage clock and glistening crockery and cutlery on every table, similar in style to a Parisian brasserie. There is a polite muttering across the room as visitors tuck enthusiastically into their appealing plates of food.
Large cups of perfectly roasted coffee arrived, steaming with fluffy milk. While my friend piously nibbled at hard boiled eggs and toast, I indulged, ordering a big plate of waffles, (forgetting momentarily that I had a lunch review only two hours later).
The soft and sweet, handmade waffles were accompanied by maple syrup, crème fraiche and blueberry compote. Other toppings are available too. The food was immaculately presented though not at all fussy or pretentious. Conversation came to a halt as we gorged on the delicious treats. My waffles were without doubt the best I’ve ever tried, with the thickest creamiest crème fraiche dolloped on top and plump blueberries oozing with juice. Yum. My friend’s eggs looked good too, cooked perfectly with crisp toast. If I’d had more time I would have tried other dishes on the menu – the pancakes looked divine and I’m sure the full English is very impressive here.
The Delaunay is my new favourite place to breakfast: a heavenly, romantic venue serving a selection of breakfast dishes second to none. If I could eat there every morning, I would.
Visit the Delaunay website here.