Review – The Delaunay Counter

(photo from the Delaunay website)

Since we are students we have not amassed the funds necessary to review the newly opened Delaunay restaurant yet (a relative to the widely respected fancy eatery The Wolseley), but its separate counter is a student-friendly, surprisingly cheap slice of central European café decadence. The Delaunay serves German/central European/Austrian food with a hint of New York, and since Meatball and Salted Cod are convinced that German food is underestimated this is most likely our new hangout around LSE.

Their sachertorte at £4.50 is according to Timeout the best sachertorte in London, and after a try we can confirm that it is perfectly soft and velvety, not too sweet, with an apple streak in the middle for perfect tangyness. Chocolate bliss for us who are a little dazed by the current trend of incredibly sweet and large American bakery. In fact, it might be best chocolate cake ever eaten by a meatball.

Their apple and poppyseed cake at £3 goes along the same trend of tasty while not too heavily reliant on sugar, and it is also amazing. It incorporates good and generous use of poppyseed, and the apple sauce really tasted of apple and not of artificial flavouring.

Their noisette at £1.90  and Melange £2.10 feel like the best coffees around Holborn, and as you can see from the photo, they are very beautiful too. Very mild, without even a bitter or sour tone.

The picture at the top of this entry is their salt beef pretzel. Whilst £6.50 is not exactly a student price for something the size of a sandwich, it comes with a side of creamy potato salad and is made up delicate, juicy beef, mustard (although not enough according to Mr Meatball) and gherkin. A nice lunch if you are treating yourself.

They have a cheaper lunch option in their hotdog which is £4. It comes with sauerkraut which is salty, sweet and tangy, and not too sour. Whilst I added more mustard to that as well, it tasted just like my childhood Swedish hotdogs (that might of course be an insult, but for me its a good thing).

The only minus for this place (and unfortunately it is a rather big one), is the service. Two of the three times we’ve visited it has bordered on rude, and it is not made better by the confusing counter system of large trays that you carry to your own table, only for it to be picked up by one of the waiters in the middle of you eating your food. It is rather disruptive of the otherwise lovely Delaunay experience. 7 meatballs out of 10 (with good service this would definitely be an 8.5/10).

Window view from the Delaunay. Salted cod in the foreground.

The Delaunay  Counter, 55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB

http://www.thedelaunay.com/counter

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4th floor café – review

Me and Miss salted cod are today reviewing one of the uni hangouts, the 4th floor café in the old building. A favourite among many because of its comfy chairs, old photos of 1920s LSE students and deli sandwich bar, it is arguably one of the best places for lunch on campus. But don’t get carried away – that is in comparison with other uni outlets, which, in all honesty, hardly send us through the roof.

Their americano is decent and studently priced at 1.20 (admittedly 70p more than the canteen coffee, but I still feel a bit nauseous after having one of those yesterday) and the deli sandwich bar has a nice chicken tikka filling which, whilst on the pricier side, is nicer than anything we’ve so far tasted in the canteen opposite of the café. Remember to go for the speciality bread because the normal is disappointingly small.

The queue system is painstakingly slow as no one really knows how the ordering at the deli bar works, so avoid going here ten minutes after the end of any lunch time lecture. Their cakes always look inviting but beware: the lemon drizzle is nice and zesty but the coffee and walnut – for all it’s glorious frosting – it’s not very walnutty and too sweet. Massive minus for the fact that they chanrge you 20p for a glass of water. 4.5 meatballs out of 10.