Brasserie Zédel

Restaurants, French Piccadilly Circus
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Brasserie Zédel
Venue says Dine with us and enjoy live music! Our swinging house bands play six nights a week from 9.30pm (9pm on Sundays).

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.


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A large, bustling Parisian brasserie in the heart of London. Open through the day, offering great value with remarkably low prices, its glorious, historic art deco interiors also play host to the Bar Américain, The Crazy Coqs live music and cabaret venue, and ZL Café.

The feel of the restaurant and the menu are reminiscent of a typical Parisian brasserie on a grand scale, offering French classics such as choucroute, bœuf bourguignon and ile flottante. Our prix fixe offerings have become a firm favourite with two courses for under £10. A live band plays every night after 9.30pm.

Café ZL, the rather relaxed French café and entrance to The Brasserie, is open for a croissant in the morning or a glass of wine on the terrace in the evening.
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Venue name: Brasserie Zédel
Address: Brasserie Zédel
20 Sherwood Street
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday – 11.30am to midnight, Sundays – 11.30am to 11.30pm
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: 2 courses- £ 9.75 3 courses- £12.50
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4 of 4 found helpful

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!

2 of 2 found helpful

A perfect lunch venue with ambience and no pressure to rush. The Prixe Fixe menu ideal and good quality.

Mark, London
2 of 2 found helpful

Fantastic value for money. Lovely staff - I have already booked to go again!

Helen Anslow
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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.

2 of 2 found helpful

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.

Frank Beemster
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A grand, beautiful venue only tainted by the all too visible bright green lights of geometrically arranged smoke detectors on the Art Deco ceiling, lending it slight note of Dubai on top of a Parisian flair. Most restaurants I like do great starters and desserts and the main course tends to disappoint a bit. Here, it is the other way around. We had Onglet and Boef Bourguignon with were excellent, esp. for the price (10 pounds). Escargots for starters were disappointing, baked without the shell and in a garlic cover that was too mushy. Salad with Roquefort ok. Ile Flottante for desert was more like marshmallows, cake ok. Wine good value. Service needs to step up, brought wrong bill and took 15mins to fetch some wine. In all, would def go again as I like the concept and atmosphere. But not for full-fledged 3 course dinner, but for a quick main and a pichet of burgundy, for which this place is just perfect.

Bonnie W

When we first arrived at Brasserie Zedel, from street level it looked like a cliche French style cafe perched on the edge of Piccadilly Circus. But then when we descended two floors, there was the speakeasy style American Bar and the opulent and enormous dining room. The walls are clad in marble and gold leaf and it's hard to believe you're actually in a west end basement. I'm vegetarian and a friend of mine is gluten free and conveniently they had a separate menu for each requirement. The main menu has a lot of French words on it but you can also request a fully English menu if you dare! The cocktails are about £9.50 and a bottle of the house wine was only £22. The menu is quite reasonable and the best deal on the menu is a steak hache with chips and a starter or dessert for £9.75. I had the spinach and cream cheese puff pastry which was lovely, along with a generous portion of heirloom tomatoes and shallots on the side. The food was all very good and the only major fault I found and couldn't ignore was the complete lack of service. We had to ask for everything - enough menus for all the people at the table, to take our order, to get our bill, etc. Also the bottle of wine we ordered sat on the prep table right next to us for a good five minutes with a few servers taking a look at it before we finally got served it. In the end, they included a 15% tip on the bill, which must have been trying to counteract the reasonable menu prices. Even on a Wednesday night at 7:00, the restaurant was fully booked, so it's well worth reserving. The dining room is stunning and it's a nice place to go for a fancy meal that won't break the bank. I'm not sure if the service was so poor because we were a table of six, but I hope that if I go back it would be better.

Audrey Williart

I went yesterday for a birthday party and really enjoyed my time. It was like being transferred to a Parisian bistro. There is a real attention to the decoration. You can start the night in the bar area with a nice cocktail. Ask for the kir royale, it is not on the drink list but they can make it for you. The restaurant is pretty impressive in terms of size and fits well a big group. We could enjoy live jazz music. They also have concerts in a separate room, so you could check what is on the prog before going. The food was good, even though they didn't have any chicken left, so I had to go for the steak. They also give bread and butter on the table, something I normally miss in other restaurants. I would recommend the bar for a classy date and the restaurant for a special occasion with a big group of people.  

Iliana S

A few bites from our full experience review -

"We also realized that open space made you become part of the scene. Being able to see fellow patrons not far from us, the space almost became a public square, an underground elite one, a stratified society."

"Our choice of wine was Côberes 2014 to match the Steak Hache Sauce Au Poivre et Frites. As our waiter described, it was like a gourmet burger patty without the buns. We also requested the steak to be medium cooked."

mark n

Ive been here twice and the decor is simply stunning. I've read a couple of people say its tacky lol, clueless!! This place has been here years and years the the decor is basically as it was, Vegas this is not. The food is pretty good, not the best but not the worst either. The service was very good last night, waiters constantly topping up our drinks and food taken away promptly, drinks arrived very quick as did our starters, all in considering the price, decor and food, a winner all the way for me.


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.


Here is a restaurant and bar complex with the Wow! factor. Its address is Piccadilly Circus but its entrance is actually in Glasshouse street. Entering an unassuming looking café with some tables and chairs outside, you descend a circular staircase to a subterranean vestibule that looks like the set of a 1950s French film.

One of the doors leads to Brasserie Zedel, a huge opulent ornate dining room, replicating a high end Parisian restaurant from some more glamourous era.

It is busy and noisy and you feel like you have stepped into some hidden world.

The menu is French, the food is good and the prices are reasonable for central London.

It has a nice wine and cocktail list and the service was fine on the evening I was there.

Overall, the fare was acceptable, but the real reason to go here, is for the amazement of seeing such a venue hidden right in the heart of Central London.


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.

Sarah G

We went as a large family group for my mum's 72 birthday. The decor and vibe at Zedel are tremendous. It should be a great choice for such a get together and indeed the food on the whole was lovely.

Sadly the service was just so lack lustre that I'm not sure i would go back or recommend it. Our table wasn't ready on arrival, once seated it took ages to get any service, drinks took ages to come, food arrived in dribs and drabs, sides for mains arrived ages after the dishes themselves, staff were absent, distracted and offhand. We had to practically beg for dessert - and given we spent close to £300 I think it just wasn't good enough.

Sarah B

Have you ever wondered what lies beneath the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus? Well, neither had I but once you've descended the stairwell to the gilded ballroom and found Brasserie Zédel it won't be forgotten. We were seated quickly on plush chairs in the centre of this fantastically huge space with a constant stream of suited staff whizzing past, glasses chinking and chatter rising above the traditional music played by the live band on the outskirts of the room.

The menu is unapologetically French and traditional, much like the atmosphere, but far more affordable than you'd expect in the heart of London. Starters are cut deli-style from a selection and so despite being generously portioned are not always piping hot. Nonetheless the rich Boeuf Bourginon and accompanying mash that followed left me feeling snug and contented - though not enough to resist the temptation of the profiteroles that were wafted under my nose.

It's best when it's busiest and you'll be granted the rarity of enjoying your table for almost as long as you like given that it is open 'till 12 midnight. This is not one to miss, go soon, go often and for pete's sake go on an empty stomach.

David Clack

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. 

Kritt N

Where in the middle of Central London can you dine on fine french cuisine in grand surroundings without clearing your life savings? Brasserie Zedel? Correct!

An excellent french restaurant located only seconds away from Piccadilly Circus tube station, Brasserie Zedel is actually an underground restaurant with all the flair and grandeur as you’d expect from all things French. The dining experience starts even before you enter the restaurant. As you make your way down, notice the mosaic floors, art decor and vintage posters all over the walls reminiscent of the glamorous 1930’s. It’s like be transported back in time to the roaring good times of the 30’s. Leave your belonging in the cloakroom and you’ll enter a marvellously spacious dining area with its marbled walls, golden railings and elegant bar.

The food isn’t bad either. Whilst I am no foodie, I can confirm at least that the 3-course set menu is plentiful and certainly satisfying. Scanning the menu, there are a lot of choices and a daily dish of the day. Every bit of Brasserie Zedel screams fancy with a price tag that might actually make you want to scream. But you’ll be amazed at the price. For such a fancy dining experience, it’s dead cheap.

The menu is in french but fear not, simply ask for the English translated menu if you don’t know your jambon from your poisson. If you’re still looking to carry the night on, the highly regarded Bar American right next door is sure to give you the perfect nightcap.

Perfect for those looking to impress without blowing your wallet, Brasserie Zedel comes highly recommended from yours truly.

Vera S


(Or, my reaction upon descending the stairs of Brasserie Zédel for the first time.)

This brasserie is like walking into Midnight in Paris, or A Moveable Feast, or a Gatsby party after midnight, when the first guests - the loudest - are passed out in the corner, snoring loudly already, but the party is still lingering in its atmospheric charm, and the best people are still on their feet.

I still can't quite get over how cheap this restaurant is, considering it is just off the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Circus, and serves the likes of oysters and classic French bistro favourites. All this up to midnight. Brasserie Zédel is, from now on, forever my first choice for post-theatre dining, but honestly, I wouldn't mind popping in here every night when I'm out and about town. Descending to the low level, you feel like you've been whisked back a few decades, and as if behind each door a different type of happiness awaits. Including the toilets. Perhaps the hall can be compared to the holiday doors of the Nightmare Before Christmas. 

Although up to today I've only had the chance to try the restaurant, I cannot wait to make a trip to the bar too, and perhaps spend a whole evening in the basement of this magical bistro. And then I haven't even began to describe how fantastic the food was - for a very reasonable price, the three of us enjoyed oysters, starters, mains and a shared dessert, as well as a bottle of wine. This should have you running home crying from Soho, if you've drunk just a little too much and forgot that you didn't actually plan on spending your entire month's wages on a single dinner. Not so in Brasserie Zédel.

So, if you've dressed to impress, then look no further.

I may be a little bit in love.

Chesca R

The underground gilded dining room is just beautiful, it feels like a blend of Parisian chic and Downton Abbey at Christmas. if you arrive early there is a lovely bar to sit at chatting broken french whilst sipping wine. The food is good, I don't think it quite matches the ambience but the fixed price menu in particular is a great price for what you get, bring on the cafe gourmand. If you fancy a quick bite or a coffee the upstairs cafe does the job, but if you are after a post work cocktail the bar American doesn't disappoint, the lazy river and lindy hop cocktails are particularly delicious. 


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.

Von B

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!

Kishma S

I can't believe I've just found this place. I'm never having an unremarkable meal (at any number of average high street chains scattered around central London) again when I can go here.

What looks like an average cafe (the doorman outside is a bit of a give away of the class that lies inside) leads downstairs to a fabulous foyer leading to a bar, cabaret and the brasserie.

The brasserie is stunning and feels a million miles away from the bustling heart of the city.

This place is not all style and no stubstance. The menu is a mix of eye twitching expense (scallops) and good value. There is also a dish of the day plus two set menus for the lighter purse.

I went for the three course menu with wine, bottled water and tea/coffee. The celeriac salad starter was, as the French say, bof. The meal improved with the trout and hit an ulmighty high with the floating island (meringue and custard).

Even if the French aren't your fancy it's worth a visit just for the the excitement of being somewhere so different without needing a mortgage to fund the experience.

Jennifer S

Fabulous French decor for starters: perfect imitation of a Parisian cafe when you enter. Headed downstairs, there is a such grand art deco, it's fabulous. The dining room is all gilt and large clocks and waiters in proper black-and-white dress. I got the carrots with Dijon sauce and the broccoli quiche. The first was light and tasty, with just enough Dijon mustard. The quiche was DELICIOUS. Soft and so buttery. For less than 10 quid for my meal, I was pleasantly happy. The service was also very good: far better than your typical London establishment. The crowd seemed to be a mix of tourists and Londoners. 

Louise H

I arranged to meet a friend at Brasserie Zedel without doing much research into the restaurant, apart from knowing it was inexpensive and central. I was expecting a small French bistro- instead we entered a huge restaurant, in the style of an old-school French brasserie with mirrors and gold adorning the walls. We opted for the cheapest option on the menu- three courses for £13, and ate a starter of carottes rapées (grated carrot in a vinaigrette), coq au vin, and blueberry cheesecake tart, with unlimited bread on the side. It was all very tasty, and excellent for the price. Service was French style- silent and efficient- in fact too efficient as we felt a little rushed. This place is not for everyone, as it gets very noisy and certainly isn't for an intimate dinner. However for the French classics at a low price this fits the bill nicely. 


Oh how I do not like this place. It feels weird. It reminded me of going to a fake restaurant in Vegas. It felt artificial and way too big. Just wrong. The food was OK. But I couldn't shake the feeling of everything feeling fake to me. 

Lila R

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.

Jason James

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.


If you're in the mood to inhabit a candy-coloured, Wes Anderson universe for a budget-friendly price, Brasserie Zedel is the place to go. It combines that Grand European cafe style with a great central London location. Whilst Brasserie Zedel isn't quite the steal it used to be (the prix fixe menu price has steadily crept up whilst the good reviews have been rolling in), it's still astoundingly good value for the location and surroundings. It's the kind of place that you would take your parents to (especially if they like Cafe Rouge, of which this is a grander and less crap version of). Be warned, the service can swing wildly between disinterested or overly attentive and fussy. 

Guy Parsons
moderatorStaff Writer

The good thing about this is it's a *ridiculously* OTT old-school fancy dining room. You could definitely take your parents here when they're visiting you in London, and trick them into thinking you'd really made the big time. They'd be well into it.

Oh yeah, that's because the other good thing about is that it's pretty cheap! 

The less good thing about it: the food is about as retro as the decor, and not in a good way. It definitely feels like the last 20 years of cooking hasn't happened. It's all perfectly edible of course so can't really complain but it's not going to knock your socks off. On the other hand, this might also appeal to your mum and dad, if they still consider things like pesto and hummus to be suspiciously foreign.

Nicky G

It's rare to be able to find such affordable luxury in central London, and I'm amazed this place only has three stars average. The food is excellent and good quality, the ambience is lovely, and it's also surprisingly good value. Tip: Try the breakfast, it's modern without being too hipster.

Eleanor F
Staff Writer

Beautiful, grand setting with staple and affordable French cuisine in the heart of Piccadilly, Zedel is definitely worth having on your London map. 

Daniele T
moderatorStaff Writer

Great value for money and extremely efficient service. Great atmosphere, given the size of the restaurant and as another user pointed out, reminds you of Chartier in Paris. Very smart.

Staff Writertastemaker

 Such a beautiful setting nothing else really matters. It's a little like stepping into a time machine everything including the service is old school in a very charming way.

The food is very standard but not bad, like going home for dinner, and its so reasonably priced its a great venue for large tables. You feel fancy and can come away having spent well under £50 per person including booze!

Luisa G

Below average food, below average service. I was not impressed. If you want real French (complete with terrible service but delicious food) go to Boullion Chartier in Paris. 100 times better than this place!


I have no idea how so many people don't know about this place, because the surface area of the toilets alone spans pretty much the entirety of Zone 1. Anyway, a restaurant is always off to a good start when presenting me with a bread basket and yummy French salted butter, and at lunch time on a Saturday. The bread itself was a little hard but the gesture was still appreciated. Other than my hungover veggie friend who impulsively opted for the cheese plate, we all went for for the set menu consisting of a course of grated carrots followed by steak (albeit haché) and chips, which was a real bargain for £8.95. I don't think I can describe how incredible those carrots were as well. The vibe of the restaurant itself feels a little touristy - but hey it's Piccadilly, so what do you expect! 

Joss B

Brasserie Zedel is great in many ways and really I'd give it 3.5 stars but you can only give full stars on here. Its really quite amazing to leave the hubub of Piccadilly and enter this small cafe, before finding this winding staircase at the back that heads down into a vestibule with a bar and a small club in it, and most importantly the brasserie. When u walk in it opens up in front of you to reveal a huge cavernous and marble clad art deco European style dining hall, and if your there at the right time the band may be playing. 

The food may not be the best cooking in the world, but it does what it promises - its good value and tasty and with the perfect menu and style for the type of European dining hall its emulating. Personally I enjoy the Steak Hache with fries and with a G&T or wine you will pay under £15. 

Usually you can get a table just by turning up but at peak hours in the evening I'd say book otherwise you could be waiting in the American Bar a long time and it's not particularly cheap. If you're after a good quick bite to eat that's not too expensive or a pre-theatre dinner its a great place to choose.

Ros A

Brasserie Zedel. You're cool, just sitting there underneath Piccadilly Circus where no one would find you unless they knew where to look. This huge underground French restaurant actually has a distinctly German vibe to it. The cuisine is a mix of all the French and German greats - expect sausage, expect escargots, expect good reliable service. The food and wine are both reasonable, especially for this part of town. Very convenient for theatre goers, but very un-touristy.

The food is a little lacklustre in my opinion, but it's good value for money, the service is good (and fast) and it's definitely hearty.

Stephen F

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.


Brasserie Zedel is a great, old-style french brasserie - unquestionably brilliant value and consistently lovely food. Have now visited 2 or 3 times and I've never experienced any rush to vacate the table. Good atmosphere, classic hustle-bustle brasserie character and old-style charm. The value and quality are absolutely undeniable!

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Pretty disappointing experience. My wife phoned in the day to make a booking but was told that they were fully booked. They said that they keep 50% of the tables for walk ins. We were told if we arrived early, at around 7pm we would get a table no problem. We arrived at 6.45pm and we were told we could have a table at 8pm. So we had some drinks at the bar, eventually we were seated at 8.35pm! Starters were good. The mains not so good! Four of us ordered the cote de boeuf (so two to share) at £29.25 per person. The portions were too small and there was a lot of inedible fat on both pieces of meat. There was really only enough food for one. No one came to check on us after the mains had been served, so when I explained to the waiter as they cleared mains, that we were unhappy with the meal, he said he would speak to his manager and they would come back to me. Nobody came over to see us, so I assumed that this would be dealt with at the end of the meal. Desserts were good as was the coffee and wine. We asked for the bill, when it came, everything was still on there and still no manager or waiter came to speak to us. I raised the point again and then finally a manager came to talk to us. The manager that came over was aggressive and obviously did not want to hear any feedback. After arguing for about 5 mins he very reluctantly took one of the beef off the bill. I really don't understand how someone who works in the service industry can have such an attitude towards customers. If you don't like dealing with people, you are in the wrong industry. Would not recommend1

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I should have guessed before I went (what with it being French and all..) but they are NOT vegetarian-friendly. My main gripe is that my friend was able to order the 2 course meal deal but, meanwhile, I asked for the vegetarian prix fixe and was informed there wasn't one. EVEN THOUGH they had a veggie starter and main that was identically priced to the meat starter and main course eaten by my friend, when not included in the meal deal! I couldn't fathom it at all but the staff didn't seem to care.

Adam J
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Having dined here before, we decided to return for the great food & service. We were very disappointed to discover that the portion size of the Bœuf Bourguignon had shrunk to what could otherwise be considered as a very light snack; not a main meal.

Although portion sizes are typically small in London, this was pushing it to new level. I asked the waitress to remove the service charge which she did do, along with an apology for the scant serving. However this did nothing to allay my disappointment. I shall not be returning there again.

Marie Bennett
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You get what you pay for and this is not the Wolseley. Brasserie Zedel is reasonably priced for the location and some of the food was alright, but the portions are small and the quality of the dishes varies greatly. The starter, "concombres a la creme" came in an unadvertised mustard sauce so hot our son (8) gave up after two bites. Later, his steak hache arrived in a pepper sauce, which we'd specifically asked not to get. The steak hache is chopped beef made into a patty. Good flavour, but it had bones in it! Actual pieces of hard bone. When we mentioned this to the waitress, she just mumbled "Oh. Sorry". Nothing like "I'll mention it to the kitchen" or anything like that. Which means other customers will have the same experience. For dessert, the profiteroles were good. The Ile Flottante was OK but strangely covered in rock-hard caramel. Having said this, service is swift and generally efficient. The duck and the rabbit were good although, as mentioned before, came in small portions. I wouldn't go back here. Better to spend a bit more at the Wolseley and be totally happy with the meal.

Addyson Pope
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A flamboyant and elegant dining room with blindingly low prices may fool your average Piccadilly tourist – but anyone in search of true Parisian cuisine should look elsewhere. Zedél is the third addition to Corbin and King’s gastronomic dynasty (the brains behind the Wolseley and the Delaunay) and has been a huge success since opening last year. Situated a mere hop, skip and a jump from Piccadilly Circus and housed in the old Regent Palace’s Grill Room – it’s the ultimate destination restaurant for London’s hungry tourists. The place itself is undeniably beautiful; the art-deco interior instantly transports diners back in time with decadent chandeliers, marble pillars and enough gold to make Mr.T jealous. A humongous 250 cover capacity gives the room a certain cruise liner feel – think an overtly French Titanic minus the well-dressed guests. The clientele is (unsurprisingly for it’s location) mixed, tables of suited businessmen are scattered amongst foreign speaking families and young couples. The vibe is relaxed and informal, in stark contrast to the surroundings but in keeping with the prices. In true Frenchie style, menus are in (yes, you got it) French – if you don’t posses a minimum GSCE qualification then I’d advise quietly asking a waiter to slip you the English version. It’s a nice touch but not the most practical, especially when table reservations are limited to 2 hours and a good two thirds of that time is spent googling French translations. The menu is extensive and packed with brassiere classics from bouef bourgignon to choucroute to escargots – traditional yes, inspiring no. Prices are jaw-droppingly modest; the soup du jour is an astonishing £2.25 and the most expensive dish, the entrecôte is under £20 – low enough to please even the shallowest of pockets. Unfortunately however, I found the prices pretty much reflected the quality of the food. Onion soup should be thick and rich, slow-cooked and comforting – instead I was presented with a half-hearted, overtly beefy and unpleasantly watery broth. The sea bream with olive compote was overcooked and flaky, the duck confit had a promisingly crisp skin but the meat was again, on the dry side. Sides of cabbage and lentils did little else to impress – unseasoned and bland, I began to question if they had a special taste-extracting machine in the kitchen. You know something’s gone wrong in there when the ‘frites’ were the best thing we ordered. Deserts on the other hand were superb – and looking back I wish I’d ordered 3 courses of puddings. The crème brûlée custard was silky smooth and was encased by a delicate sugar lid, all served at that satisfyingly in-between hot and cold temperature. I could have easily devoured the Tarte Tatin ‘for two’ single handedly, it had a perfectly crisp pastry topped with hot, cinnamon-laced apples and at only £5.50 tasted just that little bit sweeter. They really took ‘saving the best ‘til last’ quite literally. It seems Zedél have opted for quantity over quality – high volumes of tables, low prices, and quick turnovers, it’s all a numbers game. The standard of the food has thus suffered. For many this won’t matter as the façade of opulent surroundings and meals available at the same price as a Big Mac will l create a seemingly pleasant and affordable experience in London’s swanky west-end. For me however, all the grandeur in the world couldn’t hide unseasoned food. Zedél will no-matter my opinion continue to attract the masses, although it doesn’t offer anything particularly new or exciting I predict it will be left standing long after the faddy restaurants have packed up shop due to a combination of location, reputation and affordability. My advice if you do go? Order lots of deserts!

GT London
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This is a palace to tackiness. Would be more at home in Dubai or Las Vegas. Some interior designer gone wild & pulled out every possible design detail from the era & created a glitzy pastiche, in total contrast to the simple understated atmosphere of the elegant Wolesley that smacks of the authenticity of a bygone era. Over aggressive dooring policy, we are all over 50 & treated as if we were some tourist backpackers & plenty of waiting staff milling around looking busy, but impossible to summon when needed. Stars are for the food, excellent value, interesting range & affordable wine.

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It's the second time I have eaten at Zedel and whilst I enjoyed it the first time, I think the initial opening hype, care and attention to detail has now well and truly worn off! The true test of an open all day restaurant in terms of service and food qaulity has to be the ability to deliver all day at any time. The time of day to truly test this is at shift handover when the daytime shift are keen to get off home and the night time shift are just beginning, so at 5.30pm whilst the staff were finishing their staff meal at the bar and generally hanging around with no care for what was going on in the restaurant, my daughter and I arrived. We were seated swiftly and given menus and ordered some water, so far so good, but hereafter it all went down hill. The water never arrived and whilst we waited and waited to order, all around were lots and lots of staff, who knows whether they were starting or finishing work, but they were all far too busy to deal with customers. When we did order the starters arrived quickly - great. But foie gras came with ho accompaniment, no bread. Its pate, who eats pate with nothing? I know the french don't! We were dying for the drinks we had ordered which enticingly sat on the end of the bar in our eyeline for a good ten minutes. Despite the hoards of staff buzzing around, not one made eye contact with us so we sat waiting unable to begin eating our starters. after a rather loud and annoyed excuse me our waitress eventually got us some bread to go with the foie gras and our drinks. Main courses arrived again in good time, but medium rare Onglet inside perfectly cooked was black, crunchy and coal tasting on the outside, medium rare fillet steak was served med well, my daughter being the embarrassed teenager begged me not to say anything and insisted she would eat it, nevertheless I felt compelled to mention it. Wish I had not bothered, had to literally wave down one of the gaggle of officious, aimless, disinterested senior looking staff, who half heartedly offered a replacementt but we really just wanted to get on with it. Even the French fries which come in frozen and just need to be cooked in good fresh oil, lightly salted and hot, were overcooked to a cardboard state and way over salted. Our waitress did bother to ask how our meal was on clearing it away, I was honest, but not rude. I told her it was distinctly average. She just nodded! We paid full price even though we felt cheated and unhappy, I am not one who expects things for free, but I expect someone to be generally bothered if things are not right, at Zedel they are not. By the time we left it was picking up, lots more tables and lots more staff, a shame that none of the staff really give a stuff about your experinece. It would be good value if you got what you expected, but we did not.