Ah, zee French.
Famous around the world for being excellent lovers, passionate gastronomes and stylish dressers, they’ve also carved out a reputation for having cavernous brasseries (not to be confused with “cavernous brassières”) that do affordable, all-day dining in beautiful surroundings better than anyone.
Anyone except Corbin & King, proprietors of The Wolseley, The Delaunay, Fischers and Bellanger, who in 2012 launched their own Parisian-style brasserie, bar and street level café: Brasserie Zédel.
It’s all neatly contained within an elegant, white-tiled building a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Circus. Head through the café, down the sweeping staircase, and you’ll find a subterranean, wood-panelled, art deco lobby with ceiling frescoes, chandeliers, retro ticket booths and the restaurant and two bars spinning off it. Here’s what you’ll find within…
It’s a grandiose, ballroom-esque, live music-filled, marble pillar-laden restaurant with pink tablecloths, scalloped crockery and a list of entrées that, naturally, includes snails. For its opulent surroundings, it’s unexpectedly good value – the all-day à la carte starts at £10.50 for two courses.
There is, unsurprisingly, a lengthy wine menu packed with Picpoul de Pinet, crémant, and Breton cider, to wash down dishes like butterflied sardines with tomatoes and olives; grilled baby spatchcock chicken with tarragon vinaigrette and French fries; and slow-roasted lamb. And to finish? Mont-Blancs, profiteroles, or Tarte Tatin for two, perhaps followed by a cocktail at…
THE CRAZY COQS
Showcasing a highly curated selection of music, theatre, comedy and literary events, Live At Zédel is a rotating arts programme designed to tap into and present the best of what London has to offer. And what London has to offer is good. Very good. Expect everything from West End musical stars to jazz sets from food critics; all taking place in the colourful, thoroughly 1930s cabaret bar. But if you want someone to sing for your supper, you’ll also find live bands in the main Brasserie every night from 9.30pm (9pm Sundays).
An opulent, art deco American cocktail bar serving light snacks, classic cocktails (negronis, martinis, whisky sours) and house cocktails like the Brandy Crusta (with calvados, Triple Sec, fresh lemon, and citrus dust), and the Sage Colada (rum milk punch and safe cordial). READ MORE
THE ZL CAFÉ
Your new #1 spot for double espressos and pains au chocolat over the morning papers; for a couple of cold Picon bières; or for a tartine au brie de Meaux washed down with a few glasses of Sauvignon Pays d’Oc, overlooked by vintage French posters…
NOTE: Brasserie Zédel is open daily from 11.30am-midnight (11pm Sundays). You can find out more, and book online, HERE.
Brasserie Zédel | 20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED | Last Updated: 11th August 2020
Like great restaurants? Check out our London Restaurant Bible