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19 April 2014
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Brasserie Zédelone star

Sherwood Street, Quadrant 3, London W1F 7BR

£35.00 French Soho

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  • Wine: £16.95
  • Champagne: £47.50
  • Lunch: £8.75/£11.25 (2/3 courses)
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11.30am-12M

Square Meal Review of Brasserie Zédel ?

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.

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  1. Brasserie Zédel

    Sherwood Street, Quadrant 3, London W1F 7BR
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    Lesley T.

    Birthday dinner with friends

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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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  2. Brasserie Zédel

    Sherwood Street, Quadrant 3, London W1F 7BR
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    Amitav B.

    An enjoyable experience overall

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    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  3. Brasserie Zédel

    Sherwood Street, Quadrant 3, London W1F 7BR
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    Michelle R.

    Consistently good!

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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  4. Brasserie Zédel

    Sherwood Street, Quadrant 3, London W1F 7BR
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    Lesley T.

    A perfect quick lunch

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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  5. Brasserie Zédel

    Sherwood Street, Quadrant 3, London W1F 7BR
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    Maggie P.

    Zedel drama

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    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 6

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  6. Brasserie Zédel

    Sherwood Street, Quadrant 3, London W1F 7BR
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    Gourmand Gunno

    Bold statement - pity about the execution

      Gold Reviewer  (85)

     
    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 4
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 9

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  7. Brasserie Zédel

    Sherwood Street, Quadrant 3, London W1F 7BR
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    Biscuit
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    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 3
    • Value: 6

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  8. Brasserie Zédel

    Sherwood Street, Quadrant 3, London W1F 7BR
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    Continental Diner

    Finally - a solid and fun performer in the heart of the West End.

      Gold Reviewer  (110)
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

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  9. Brasserie Zédel

    Sherwood Street, Quadrant 3, London W1F 7BR
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    Ian L.

    Amazingly good value

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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  10. Brasserie Zédel

    Sherwood Street, Quadrant 3, London W1F 7BR
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    Broome F.
        (7)
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 8

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  1. 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, it’s a tourist hot-spot and I feel like I’ve entered a scene in Moulin Rouge, but at £2.25 for a starter that’s better than many I’ve consumed in more expensive restaurants, I’m not complaining. Critics seem to love this art deco dining hot spot, with The Guardian’s Jay Rayner calling it lover letter to the classic Parisian brasserie. It’s certainly glamorous in one sense, inhabiting a space formerly occupied by a columned ballroom. A lavish chandelier, deep red hues, marble cladding and velvet banquettes characterise the haunt...
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  2. Published : Tuesday, 19th November 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Brasserie Zedel

    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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  3. The restaurant is a basement brasserie project from the restaurateurs behind The Delaunay & The Wolesley. The entrance looks like a vintage café leading to a hall adorned with old school French ads, posters, and photos of jazz and blues artists. Downstairs, you'd find a big foyer with entrances to The Crazy Coqs (a cabaret and jazz performance venue) and Bar Américain (a classic American cocktail bar)...
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  4. Published : Sunday, 29th September 2013

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Brasserie Zedel

    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, contains dishes about as subtle as the décor including egg mayo, lobster cocktail, quiche lorraine, frogs legs and snails...
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  5. Published : Friday, 27th September 2013

    Brunch etc. :: Pre-theatre meal at Brasserie Zedel

    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 and central location (you can get a main course for under £10, or 3 courses for £11.75 on the prix fixe menu)...
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  6. Published : Friday, 23rd August 2013

    foodit. - Blog :: REVIEW: Brasserie Zedel

    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 in without novel or newspaper on my first visit, I was led to a table and drinks orders taken quickly. Dropping by to book a table for two in the afternoon 6 weeks later, we were told that there was nothing available until half eight, although we were welcome to come in earlier and see if a table was available. Seeing as spending time in one of the world's great cities is no hardship, it was an easy choice to amble around Golden Square and explore some of the quieter bits of the Smoke. An hour and a half before the original booking time, there was no issue being led to a table. Bread and a carafe of water are supplied quickly by faultless staff who know the menu inside out and can recommend suitable wines that, as in France, can be ordered by the pichet...
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Published : Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

    Frenchy love food :: BRASSERIE ZEDEL - French spirit

    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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  10. Published : Sunday, 3rd March 2013

    A Table For Two :: Brasserie Zédel

    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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  11. Published : Monday, 25th February 2013

    Bistro Becs :: Brasserie Zedel

    I’ve long wanted to try Brasserie Zedel, not least because of the praising reviews I’ve read, but because I simply love the French classics and the menu just looked so reasonable – it’s been on my list for a while. I tried to get a walk-in table recently with a couple of friends on a Friday evening and failed due to the popularity and having made my way down and viewed the rather opulent looking space that was once The Regent Palace Hotel, my interest was further piqued. I finally got to try it out one cold Thursday evening in January with my friend Jade and I certainly wasn’t disappointed...
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  12. 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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  13. Looking up Brasserie Zédel before I headed there for a friend's birthday, I was promised: 'A grand Parisian brasserie transported to the heart of London, serving remarkable value, traditional French food in a historic Beaux Arts/Art Deco interior.' As we wandered through its cavernous hallways in pursuit of the main restaurant, the Zédel decor certainly projected something special. A combination of gilt, marble, and psychedelic wall prints suggested vaguely aristocratic refinement with a hint of flapper kitsch. I figured the food would go one of two ways: soggy or scintillating...
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  14. Published : Saturday, 12th January 2013

    Fd Over LDN :: Brasserie Zédel

    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 of the latest 'no reservation' trend, this is what you've been looking for. The cuisine is classical French, and while not in vogue, this place should be around for much longer than most, unless the upkeep of all the marble and brass puts them into liquidation...
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  15. 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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  16. Published : Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

    LONDONcalling :: Brasserie Zedel

    The latest new arrival from famed restaurateurs Corbin and King is causing a bit of a stir among the foodie fraternity. This bold brash humongous brasserie has had some very decent reviews as well. Of interest to most, and that includes the rich as well as the poor, is the somewhat bargain basement pricing. For any part of the land especially given the lavish decor, some of the pricing is a bit breathtaking. However this is London or to be more specific bang slap Central London. Which makes some of the pricing a downright steal. I don't know the history of the building, but it has the appearance of an old theatre or a later cinema...
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  17. Where do food bloggers go for lunch? Well, you know, we’ve been known to turn up in the most unexpected places. But as it happens, Brasserie Zedel was recommended to me by another blogger and good friend of mine, The Hedonist – so when I arranged to meet Karen Burns Booth of Lavender and Lovage for lunch it seemed like a good place to try. Especially as she spends a good part of her time living in France. Literally just off Picadilly Circus, you reach the Brasserie by walking through the tiny cafe down some steps. And you might just be stepping into La Coupole. Grand in the traditional French Brasserie style I wondered how the food would live up to the surroundings! It’s the brainchild of Chris Corbin and Jeremy King who also run The Wolseley and The Delaunay, both charming, successful and while not overpriced, not somewhere to go every day unless you have unlimited funds!...
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  18. Published : Wednesday, 29th August 2012

    the grumbling gourmet :: Zedel abides...

    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 value given the quality...
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  19. Published : Tuesday, 28th August 2012

    The Hedonist :: Reviews-Brasserie Zedel

    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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  20. 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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  21. Published : Saturday, 23rd June 2012

    samphire and salsify :: Brasserie Zedel

    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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