Time Out says
Restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, creators of the Wolseley and the Delaunay, have struck gold with this grand art deco basement brasserie. It’s a huge set-up and attracts a mix of tourists, office types and couples. Affordable French staples are the big draw and set menus start at under a tenner for two courses. In the months after it opened, we’d been impressed by the quality of cooking and on-the-ball service, but recently we’ve detected a dip in standards.
In a meal of hits and misses, highlights included a generous main course of beef bourguignon – meaty chunks simmered in a robust red wine-onion-garlic sauce, accompanied by buttery mash. The haché steak was less impressive, though; instead of chopped meat being shaped and loosely held together, we were presented with a salty, overcooked burger patty. Chocolate profiteroles helped to restore faith – the perfectly baked crisp globes of choux pastry, crammed with splendid whipped vanilla cream, went down a treat with an indulgent chocolate sauce.
The house wine, priced at bargain basement rates, provides great value. Let’s hope the kitchen brigade is back on track soon, and service staff numbers are increased at busy times.
Classics such as Soupe à l’Oignon, Steak Haché and Ile Flottante can be enjoyed for both lunch and dinner, with a two-course prix fixe menu available for just £10.50. From 9.30pm each evening, live music is played in the brasserie for diners to enjoy until close.
Alongside the brasserie, the building also plays host to an authentic American Bar – Bar Américain. In its glamorous Art Deco setting, the dark wood-panelled space is perfect for a pre- or post-dinner drink. Classic cocktails such as Hemingway Daiquiris and Planters Punch are served nightly, alongside a selection of wine, champagne and beers.
Just across the foyer, you will find The Crazy Coqs – an intimate live music venue. With a different show at 7pm and 9.15pm most evenings, expect cabaret, musical theatre, comedy and more. And every Saturday night, following the last ticketed event, ‘Round Midnight takes to the stage – a free of charge, late-night music show for all to enjoy.
And don’t forget the ZL Café – a relaxed French café and entrance to the Brasserie, which is open from 8am on a weekday (9am at the weekend). Enjoy a croissant with your morning paper, a salad niçoise for lunch or a glass of wine on the terrace in the evening.
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3.7 / 5
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Ate there last night with three friends inc. 2 veggies. Four people, three courses each, wine and kir = £95. Absolutely astoundingly good value, especially for Piccadilly. The food was delicious, especially the onglet. Vegetarian menu wasn't very extensive but the food was well received. And the dining hall... it's gorgeous. Who cares if it's a bit Vegas? It reminded me of Chartier in Paris for the glamour and sheer scale, but the service is London. Polite, attentive and friendly. I'm still getting over how good it was. Go!
A perfect lunch venue with ambience and no pressure to rush. The Prixe Fixe menu ideal and good quality.
We were a party of 8, the service was very good without being intrusive. The food was excellent at very keen prices. We had a good evening in very pleasant surroundings. We would highly recommend this lastest addition to the London scene.
worth it, just for the Wow factor. We ordered Steak Frites (without looking at the menu) and ended up with with a filet and chips... very good, and affordable at c£16. Cheapest wine on menu tasted delicous. I'll be back.
Where do I begin... We came here 4 of us in total for what promised to be a wonderful lunch but we left disappointed and frankly disgusted with the service.
The food itself was alright. Nothing to write home about but nothing to complain about either.
The waiter went out of his way to ensure we didn't get a lemon meringue tart we ordered. He told us it was sold out then he said they'd stopped serving it... When we confronted him with the fact that other diners were receiving this elusive dessert he then said they had an allergy.... My friend went to speak to those on the table and there were no allergies.
It came down to discrimination which is apauling behaviour for any establishment to have.
I wouldn't recommend this place ever and I honestly hope they get what they deserve in life for such treatment.
As soon as you walk down the stairs to the entrance of Brasserie Zedel, you feel like you've been transported to a little European diner where the building just happens to be ornate, the staff just happens to be smartly dressed and friendly and the food just happens to be delicious. Dinner at Brasserie Zedel was a sensory experience from start to finish, one that must be experienced by all.
Yet another highly praised restaurant that I can now tick off my list! I finally had the chance to dine here this weekend with my brother for Sunday lunch. It was a really great experience and that was just eating at the bar counter! We didn't have a reservation so those were the only seats they had at the time we arrived but we didn't mind, as we were quite hungry and happy to sit down to eat.
After a quick browse, I went for the Steak Tartare. Probably not a surprise since that's a typical French dish that I tend to order when I'm at a French restaurant. Although it was well presented - it came on a plate on its own with a beautiful egg yolk on top and a side serving of salad - I thought that the meat was too finely minced. The texture was far too smooth even though the taste was good! I prefer it to have small chunks so that there's still something to chew on.
For dessert, we ordered two different kinds so that we could share and have a taste of more than one. I went for the Profiteroles, which were rather delicious! These were choux pastry puffs stuffed with crème patissière and drizzled with a warm, dark chocolate sauce when served. They tasted pretty authentic even though I know there is also a version with vanilla ice cream inside. Our second dessert was the Lemon Meringue Tart. This had a great tart pastry - golden, crunchy, and thick at the edge while thin on the bottom. The lemon curd was really good because we could taste the tartness of the lemon and it wasn't too sweet either. I wasn't a fan of the meringue because I prefer a hard meringue while this version was soft and toasted on top with a blowtorch.
The service and atmosphere are definitely highlights too. Everyone from the hosts, to the waiters, to the bartenders and the cloakroom attendant were absolutely lovely! It's quick service too, as our food arrived in no time after we ordered. The high ceiling, the marble and the gold make the interior decor absolutely stunning. A really nice place to come for a celebration, for a date, with friends and with family!
Wondering what to do with a free weekend that's a little bit different? Go to Zedel.
This gorgeous little gem tucked away from the hustle and bustle above it serves up something unique, fun and affordable (with a fixed menu starting at just £9.95)
It's pleasantly busy and the food will melt in your mouth but best of all is the decor. you'll feel like you just fell in to Great Gatsby with its stunning high ceilings, grand staircases and plush seating.
I would say that in the peak time, not surprisingly, the staff were a little distracted. Most notably clearing the table while I was still eating which is a big no in my books. Though aside from that they were quick to re-lay the table and kept us topped up with wine and water.
It's a treat for the eyes and the stomach – definitely would recommend
If you walk past Brasserie Zedel it's an unassuming yet charming-looking little venue. Walk in and down however and you'll be met with an incredible salon area that's plenty abuzz with chatter and excitement and might make you feel transported to a different place and time. The menu and wine list both have a lot of options to suit different tastes and budgets. I had the steak tartare with a side of french fries and my friend had the duck confit with a side of mashed potatoes and we shared a 250 ml wine carafe. We felt it was a very complete meal given the price (approx. £40) and both things were very good. The service was somewhat disappointing, but in fairness there was not an empty chair in the whole place. Midway through dinner they also dimmed the lights and there was a jazz singer, which set a nice tone and mood for the evening.
We actually stumbled upon this place after an evening at the theatre. We were searching for a relaxed place to catch up over a few drinks and the entrance offered no clue as to how glamorous the art deco interior was. The posters and other fittings oozed pure French decadence of the 1930s. Through the winding staircase we landed at a vestibule and decided that the American Bar would suit our needs. The waiters were smart and in such a bygone setting you could easily imagine yourself sharing bourbons with Rick from Casablanca.
I had no idea where I was heading when my friend booked a table here - and was pleasantly surprised! We started with a drink in the American bar (which cost as much as my dinner) - the atmosphere is great in the bar, very old school dark and moody and my cocktail was delicious. We then went for the set menu in the main restaurant which is excellent value and was all really good. Highly recommended for a fancy but cheap dinner
This is a great place for a nice drink or a nice French meal without it costing too much. I went along on Bastille Night so the atmosphere was buzzing and so many people dressed French. The food was quite nice. I would certainly visit again.
Elegant, affordable and with a fantastic vegetarian menu, this place really does tick a number of boxes. I have eaten here a number of times, this time I came with two friends prior to attending a show, we had no trouble reserving a table on the day.
On entry to the building you walk through a small Parisian cafe and down a large extravagant staircase; walls covered in art and mirrors reaching the lobby at the bottom. From the lobby there are a number of rooms off it including the brasserie, a cocktail bar and an entertainment/performance room I believe for events.
The brasserie is in the basement although you wouldn't realise once down there with the high ceilings and large light 'windows'. Most tables are in a booth format, reminiscent of a true French brasserie.
The menu is well priced, the food is rich and comforting but the venue here is what is really special, for a venue like this you'd expect to pay double the price for a meal, perhaps the sheer size of the brasserie allows them to charge less with such a high volume of customers!
Live music begins at 9pm but sadly we were too early for this, I will definitely be back to sample the music (and their dessert menu too!).
Brasserie Zedel is perfect for a catch up with a large group. The food and service is fab however as it is such a large restaurant and very popular the food is quite slow coming out and also there was a wait between courses. I think I prefer to head to the bar for drinks which is really cool and a hidden find in the heart of Piccadilly. Perfect for pre theatre drinks too.
Zedels is almost an immersive experience, descend the Art Deco staircase and you are suddenly in a Wes Anderson film. Classic bistro style branded plates, smart tall waiters floating passed with mustouches and the clatter of plates and cutlery echoing in the vast space. Perfect for a special occasion - lobster and oyster towers on ice, or an inexpensive pre theatre meal - steak hacks frites! The food is not out of this world and the service isn't quite as immaculate as La Cupole in Paris but it is good and reliable and I love this characterful place just off Piccadilly.
The classic French food is decent, and the prices – especially the set menus – are uncommonly reasonable for the West End. But the real reason to go is the setting. The very fact that such a huge, opulently decorated room exists so close to the gaudy noise of Piccadilly Circus is extraordinary. The fact that you can eat in it without having to sell an internal organ simply beggars belief. Take your parents – they'll lap up the classy ambience so much that they'll probably even offer to pick up the bill.
Hidden beneath Piccadilly Circus, this cavernous but gorgeous room lets you feel fancy without breaking the bank. The price fixe menu is perfectly reasonable and are actually items you would want to order (not like other places that put the duff meals on the cheap menu). I’ve taken various groups of people and they’ve all been thoroughly impressed. Don’t scared to chance a walk-in here, the huge room means you won’t have to wait long.
Decor: as you walk down the staircase you're literally travelling back in time. The beautiful interior makes you temporary forget you're actually in grime of tourist central. Food: probably one of the best value for quality in central London. My favourite is the beef bourguignon - perfect every time. I've never had a bad time there, and every friend I bring there always says they can't believe they there is a place like this in central and they can't wait to bring someone else here!
I love Brasserie Zedel! Not because the food is outstanding (it isn't) but because the setting, atmosphere and service are brilliant. Even waiting for a table to become free in the American Bar or upstairs (if there's room) is a pleasure. The food is basic French fare and can be a little hit or miss. The wine list is extensive and so there is something for everyone. The setting can't be beaten.
Seriously good value food in a stunningly beautiful room. They do turn tables quite quickly when it's really busy but given the prices and the sheer scale of the room that's understandable. And when it's less busy there's no rush at all. The steak hache is brilliant.
Great value for money and is a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Circus. They have a great bar downstairs next to the main restaurant which has great cocktails and actually could be a good place for a date if you have decided for some reason to go super central! The restaurant hall is impressive (yes hall, it is huge) but not ideal if you are looking for something cosy and personal.
You can't really go far wrong with a Corbin and King venue but usually they're pretty pricey. Instead, this place is astoundingly good value - especially when you consider the glorious setting. Sure they turn tables really quickly - even when there are plenty of tables free (it's huge, so it's rarely completely full) - but you can hardly argue too much with that given the prices. Go for the steak hache - it's delicious.
I'm giving it 4 stars for the art deco design of this beautiful underground venue! The dining area is huge, the food is fairly standard but service is efficient. Took some friends from Oz and they still rave about it.