Brasserie Zedel, W1

Brasserie Zedel Brasserie Zedel, W1It’s not often that a restaurant comes along that can be described as a genuine game changer, but Brasserie Zédel proves to be just that.  It probably comes as no surprise then, that Corbin & King, the dynamic duo behind the iconic The Wolseley, are responsible for the conception of the restaurant.

Brasserie Zédel brings a bustling Parisian brasserie to the heart of London.  Located in the original Grill Room of the former Regent Palace Hotel, the Art Deco interiors that were first installed in the 1930’s have been painstakingly restored as part of the development.  Timber veneer, 23 carat gold leaf architraving, marble, brass, mirrors, ceilings, and even original wallpaper have been meticulously catalogued, removed and reinstated by expert artisan craftsmen, before being put back together again.

Look beyond the glorious décor, however, and you’ll find that it’s the delicious menu of Gallic classics at unfathomably low prices that delivers the coup de grace to pretty much every other brasserie in town.  The vast majority of tempting starters come in at under £5, although it’s well worth spend a couple of extra pounds on the delicious Frog’s legs, served in a richly garlicky and herbaceous sauce and what appeared to be a meat jus.   Take a look at the mains, and it’s more of the same.  Traditional French dishes such as Confit duck and Boeuf Bourguignon are priced at under £10, whilst even a beautifully cooked plate of rib-eye Steak frites costs just £18.50.

With modest sized portions, you’re likely to have room for dessert and the range of patisserie certainly doesn’t disappoint, with treats including Millefeuille and Gâteau Opéra.  Moreover, once you’re meal is over, your evening can continue with some great cocktails at the Bar Américain as well as music and cabaret in their live entertainment space, The Crazy Coqs.

Food: 4/5
Value: 5/5
Venue: 5/5

Cuisine: French
Meal for two (excluding drinks):  £40
Wine: £3.50
Cocktails: £9.50

Brasserie Zédel
20 Sherwood Street
London, W1F 7ED
Tel: 020 7734 4888
www.brasseriezedel.com

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