Went on Thursday, will be back tonight. I agree with the Jetboy review, this place is show stoppingly good. I had the meat platter to start, just wonderful smoked meats and Austrian pickles followed by the veal.
What makes Austrian food so good is its providence its a mixture of Northern Italian Southern French German and the best Hungarian. I also had the Knodel, dont even bother looking at the rest of the desert menu, trust the Knodel.
Austrian wine, very like Swiss wine is very hard to find. Mostly because its some of the best in the world, there is very little produced and the Austrians like it, so it is a treat to find this great little place with such a well chosen list. Try the Austrian Pinot, rare as hens teeth and perfect on a hot evening. Delicat is run by a young team bent on making the very best of Austrian food available, wishing them luck seems odd, I dont suspect they are going to need it. This place is brilliant. Go, while you can still get in, when the word breaks on this place you will need to book long in advance.
I recently visited Bistro Delicat as my boyfriend and I got a deal on LivingSocial for a 2 course meal with wine. It was a good meal, but I wasn't especially thrilled.
The deal we had purchased specified 2 starters, 2 mains, and 2 glasses of wine. The wine I wanted happened to be twice the price of many of the other wines on the (rather extensive) list, so I thought to ask if it was included. We were then told the LivingSocial deal only applied to house red or house white. Not really what I was expecting - and I read all the fine print and saw this mentioned nowhere. Oh well.
I had the charcuterie board as a starter. Good, but the bread:meat ratio wasn't matched. Plenty of little gherkins, though! My boyfriend had the grilled courgette and artichoke salad. He seemed to enjoy the vegetables, but the greens were very strong, woods, and bitter and he left most of those.
Our mains were the scallops & pork belly and the gulasch. 5 sweet and juicy scallops were delicious. I can't say the same for the pork belly. 5 pieces. I had one. Maybe it just wasn't to my liking as it has been a while since I had pork belly in a dish. But I only had the 1 piece. My boyfriend LOVED his gulasch, however. So that was a big hit!
Service-wise, it was pretty non-existent. We'd booked (as per the voucher requirement) and when we walked in, 1 table was occupied and the 2 ladies working were chatting. We got their attention and were showed to our reserved table. While we were there the restaurant got more busy, but overall, other than a requisite "how is your meal?" check, no one really seemed interested. Perhaps because we had a pre-paid voucher, but we were still paying customers! A bit rude, I felt.
Overall, it was a decent meal. Not my favorite. And I don't know that we'll be going there again, but if someone asked if they should go there, I'd definitely say "give it a try." I think the place is still just a bit green and may improve with age.
Just opened... STUNNED by quality of food, wine, and service. Austrian owner, and chefs from both France and Southern Germany. Starter of wild mushrooms; main of stunning scallops on pork belly; perfect side of green beans with bacon; yummy tarte tartin (though my friend's apricot knodel was even better); and superb Austrian wines of the sort that you just can't buy in the UK (seriously... fantastic wines of the sort that only Austrians can buy because they don't export them). Totally surprised; totally unexpected; I'll be back very shortly; I loved this meal.
It's not often a new Austrian brasserie, let alone a good one, opens in London - so Bistro Delicat is worth yodelling about. But don't come here expecting dark wood, steins of beer, pork knuckles and drinking songs
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