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Chris Corbin and Jeremy King’s jam-packed time-warp tribute to the opulent Parisian brasserie is almost universally adored – not least for its dependable food, surprisingly low prices, long opening
hours and all-round fun factor. The stunningly appointed basement dining room is vast enough to accommodate a polyglot crowd of Savile Row suits, curious tourists, scruffy students, footsore
shoppers and theatre-goers with its pink walls, pillars, chandeliers and lofty ceilings, while the equally vast, ‘something for everyone’ menu is ‘astonishing value’. Here you will find
well-rendered versions of snails in parsley butter, soupe à l’oignon, steak haché and rich choucroute – plus spinach tart, spicy merguez sausages, confit duck, ‘glorious’ floating islands and much
more besides. Service remains sharp and courteous (despite the restaurant’s brisk turnover), while appealing wines by the glass and pichet add to the overall affordability.
I have a small postcard of Renoir's 'Le déjeuner des canotiers' in my room. It's not the real thing, but it's an authentic symbol of something very French, a sense of indulgence that can be had by any and all: the luxury improved by the absence of frippery. This is the case at Zédel: an Art Deco brasserie with the required excellent, simple and affordable food, efficient service and the soundtrack of cutlery and atmosphere that should be a given in a true brasserie. Oh, and there's a cabaret and bar just opposite. A good restaurant is one that does not make you feel conscious about dining alone. Walking...
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When I booked Brasserie Zedel (another by Corbin & King), I maybe should have paid more attention to the website as I was completely shocked when I arrived - the restaurant is so not what I was expecting. I thought Brasserie Zedel would be very similar to its sister restaurants such as Colbert, The Wolseley and my own personal favourite The Delaunay (Review here) however it had a completely different atmosphere and was absolutely HUGE!You walk in through The ZL Cafe and then you go downstairs and there is The Bar American (a classic art deco American bar), Le Crazy Coqs (a cabaret and performance venue) and then there...
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A glitzy French brasserie in the heart of Piccadilly, Brasserie Zedel serves up pretty good food at terrifying low prices.On Saturday the Regent Tweet bloggers and I headed to this marvellous marble restaurant to try their three course fixed priced menu, which costs £11.75. Did you hear that? ELEVEN POUNDS.Of course for ELEVEN POUNDS you don’t get the most elaborate of dishes, but you do get consistently good food that’s full of flavour, and you get it served pretty damn quickly too. The Prix Fixe menu currently includes...
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The new Michelin guide came out last week and Brasserie Zedel, who opened their doors only a few months ago, were one of the winners of a new Bib Gourmand accreditation (I.e., very good price / quality). We decided to try it out.The creative team behind Brasserie Zedel also created The Wolseley and The Delaunay. While the Wolseley focusses on English cuisine and The Delaunay Central European cuisine, Brasserie Zedel is a strictly French affair...
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Under the interminable throngs of West End slow-walkers and shops hawking tourist tat, beneath the beguiling facade of the ground-level ZL coffee bar on Sherwood Street, you can find a capacious slice of 1940’s Paris that I don’t think everyone knows about. Hands up, I didn’t.Brasserie Zédel is a grand dining room and just one part of the sprawling subterranean entertainment offering that occupies this space; it was previously the basement of the former Regent Palace Hotel built in 1915 as the largest in Europe. Behind the venture is Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, famed for their work on the baroque...
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Restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King are not natural revolutionaries. Their other outposts, The Wolseley and The Delaunay, are grand, conservative and exclusive. However with Brasserie Zedel they have come up with an offer that combines retro glamour with a much more democratic vision. Situated on the site of the old Regent Palace Hotel and in the space occupied by the long departed Atlantic, Brasserie Zedel is a loving distillation of all that is fine about the Parisian grandes brasseries, think La Coupole meets Bofinger, combined with an additional cafe, jazz bar and cocktail bar...
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I first visited Corbin and King’s Brasserie Zedel during their soft launch and fell in love with the place. It has since become my favourite restaurant in London; its Piccadilly location, the lavish surroundings and affordable prices make it the perfect place for a bite to eat.My visit on this occasion was with my lady friend for dinner and a spot of cabaret in the Crazy Coqs (their cabaret venue in the same building)...
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It’s not exactly cheap once you order 3 courses and drinks, but Brasserie Zedel offers decent value for money in London’s West End, and a feel of something different – the likes of which the formula driven Café Rouge, Pizza Express and Bills can only hope for. Located less than a minute from Piccadilly Circus, this basement restaurant is deceptively bathed in light. Vast and sprawling, there is a giddy, over-the-top theatricality involved in the red velvet seating, brass rails, and gold leaf embellished marble columns – we are not in Kansas anymore Toto.The menu, written on a rather cumbersome sheet of A3,...
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When I was a young West Ender, a posh night out ended up in the familiar confines of Joe Allen. Slightly dirtier ones usually found you gurning round a four top in Balans or playing pinball up the rickety staircase of Bar Italia. You'd gone very wrong if you wound up in Shuttleworths... I was a little young for the Atlantic, that louche, debauched bacchanal under the old Regent Palace Hotel. It's to that space that we head tonight, now home to the newly launched Brasserie Zedel.It's not an expensive joint. And that's an understatement. Three courses for three people, coffee, wine and service clocked in at £90, phenomenal...
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You’d never even know it was there… the expansive, high-ceilinged restaurant, bar and cabaret, hidden underground behind an unassuming façade on Sherwood Street. This was the location I chose for this month’s team meeting, and as on previous occasions, it was a huge success.
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Brasserie Zédel appears to be London’s favourite cheap eat of the moment. A touch of luxury at silly prices (as in silly cheap) by restauranteurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King of The Wolseley and The Delaunay. We were intrigued by this promise of a high-end restaurant at low-cost prices, ones I’ve not seen since the budget priced, but lovely Le Mercury in Angel and Pierre Victoire of Soho...
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Brasserie Zedel is a “grand Parisian brasserie transported to the heart of London” by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King (owners of the Wolseley and Delaunay). Being big fans of both, my gentleman companion and I were excited to be attending the first ever dinner service during their soft launch. Situated just off Piccadilly Circus and...
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Brasserie Zédel. I’d formed an opinion about it before I went. I’d assumed I wouldn’t like it. Too big, too noisy, too everything.Listen carefully for I will say this only once: I was wrong.You can imagine my initial reaction, when an email from a Jeremy King appeared in my inbox...
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I'm generally a pretty cluey person. Well, I'm prone to episodes of imitating Dr Stupid now and then (for you Ren & Stimpy fans out there), but generally, I'm fairly switched on. What worries me is that I'm still puzzled by Brasserie Zedel. Eating food shouldn't be confusing, should it? But being served broadly mediocre food, with haphazard service in an over-the-top lush setting resulted in such perplexity that it's taken me ages to order my thoughts enough to tell a coherent story. But let's attempt to document the meal as best we can. Shall we start with the good?...
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In a side street just off the hustle and bustle of central tourist haven Picadilly, the Uk's equivalent of Times Square lit up at night with advertising hoardings, lies a subterranean space unlike any you are likely to find in London. The place is grandeur of the highest level, bordering towards the obscene. The amount of marble and lighting is on an epic scale. The dining room, with over 250 seats is more the size of a small field, and is packed out, even the grand piano looks diminutive at the side of the room. Despite it's size it's not that easy to get a walk-in, booking is recommended. For those of you unappreciative...
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Brasserie Zedel is bustling with diners on a Thursday lunch-time and I am initially a touch overwhelmed by the clatter and ostentatious French decor. Tourists, business people, the odd celebrity (I spot Miriam Margoyles), tourists, families and everything but the kitchen sink is eating here, but it’s easy to see why. The food is distinctly French, cheap as chips and really rather middling. It’s not earth-shatteringly innovative, it’s not supposed to be. My fish is cooked well, my egg mayonnaise is a pretty plate and desserts are delectable. It’s clearly heaving with people for a reason. Is it ostensibly French? Perhaps,...
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I finally went to Brasserie Zedel for lunch near Piccadilly circus, as I heard so much about it in the last few months.I felt the French spirit as soon as I went inside. There is a small café at the entrance, then a corridor and stairs with vintage French prints on the wall...
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Brasserie Zédel can only be described as unadulterated opulence for the gastrically concerned masses. Beneath the jostling streets of Piccadilly and behind an almost modest street side facade lies a labyrinth of splendour. Down the stairs and into the foyer you’ll be greeted with hand-painted murals, chandeliers and rich velvets. Such grandiose (one could imagine) is reminiscent of Titanic’s grand hall with only the clientele bringing us back to modern times...
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A few weeks ago my friend and I enjoyed a sophisticated pre-theatre dinner at Brasserie Zedel in Soho. The first appearances of this popular French restaurant are deceptive - entering at street level you find yourself in what seems to be little more than a laid-back bistro. Head downstairs, however, and you will discover a glamourous ball room, decked out in fabulous art deco style (complete with marble pillars and over the top gold detailing).The menu features a good selection of classic French dishes, with everything from frogs legs to beef Bourguignon, and is very reasonably priced given the lavish surroundings...
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