Brasserie Zédel

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Bronze Award
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SquareMeal Review of Brasserie Zédel

Bronze Award

Piccadilly Circus may be best known for its raft of tourist magnet chain restaurants such as the likes of Pizza Hut and McDonald’s, but there are other ample opportunities for decent quality food in the area at prices that won’t break the bank.   

Proving our theory is Brasserie Zedel, an archetypal brasserie which provides Gallic staples at low prices, and according to one reader, is “just like being in Paris”. Taking up residence in the glitzy surrounds of a cavernous former ballroom dripping with marble-clad charm, Brasserie Zedel offers an extremely reasonable prix fixe at three courses for less than £15 (including steak frites for mains), while the à la carte is full of classic French brasserie dishes.

Start with a hefty bowl of soupe à l’oignon or a clutch of escargots slathered in parsley butter, before moving on to baked trout with almonds, smoked pork belly or something more exotic such as spicy merguez sausage with couscous. Steaks are also perennially popular, from good-value haché with pepper sauce all the way up to a luxe rib-eye with Café de Paris sauce. To finish, the likes of crème brulee and lemon meringue tart are must orders.

The separate gluten-free menu’s “wonderful choice” gets a special mention, while over 30 selections from the all-French wine list are sold in five measures. Accusations of “unexciting” dishes are not unfounded but, for those who want a good French meal in the West End at a reasonable price, Zédel is hard to beat – as one reader puts it, Brasserie Zedel is the place to go for “really good, unpretentious food”.

Factor in the polite and knowledgeable service from the army of wait staff and the bustling, convivial atmosphere and it’s easy to see why Brasserie Zedel remains one of London’s most popular spots for a casual, easy dinner.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
French
Ambience
Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Traditional, Unique
Food Occasions
Late night dining
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Live music or dancing, Wheelchair access
Perfect for
Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Brasserie Zedel is a grand Parisian style brasserie in the heart of Picadilly serving traditional and affordable French food in a large and welcoming setting with striking Art Deco interiors.  The restaurant’s food and exceptional value have made it an institution of sorts with culinary great Pierre Koffman labelling it “ the only real brasserie in London”. The restaurant is hidden away behind the ZL café in a building which also plays host to a classic American bar ‘Bar Americain’ and The Crazy Coqs, a popular live music and cabaret venue.

The a la Carte menu is available from 11.30am until midnight, perfect for pre or post theatre meals. Among the hors d’oeuvres Diners will be pleased to find all the French culinary stereotypes including Frogs legs with confit garlic mayonnaise, snails with garlic and parsley butter, steak tartare and of course French onion soup. Main courses are equally traditional with options such as braised beef and bacon stew in a Burgundy wine sauce with mashed potatoes; grilled tripe sausage with a mustard sauce; and grilled flat-iron steak with a red wine and bone marrow reduction.  Naturally desserts follow suit and guests will struggle to choose between the likes of lemon meringue tart; profiteroles with chocolate sauce; crème Brulee; or a caramelised apple tart for two to share. Every day a different plat du jour is added to the menu comprising French classics such as rabbit in mustard sauce, duck confit with white bean fricassé and salmon en croute with a butter sauce. On Sundays the venue offers a French take on a typical English roast.

The Prix Fixe menu offer astonishingly good value starting at £10.95 for two courses and £14.25 for a three. It usually comprises a shredded carrot starter with Dijon dressing, followed by chopped steak with peppercorn sauce and French fries and finished with a decadent Manjari chocolate tart.

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Location

20 Sherwood Street, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1F 7ED

020 7734 4888 020 7734 4888

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-23:00
Tue 12:00-23:00
Wed 12:00-23:00
Thu 12:00-23:00
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 11:30-23:00
Sun 11:30-22:00

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97 Reviews 
Food/Drink
Service
Atmosphere
Value

David W

09 June 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Zedel lunch

Very good. Nice qujck service - no problems. Food good

David W

22 May 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Zedel

Good. Held reservation although arrived quite late.

David W

11 May 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 5
Value 3.5
Zedel

Nice to have some seasonal specials on the menu

Emma H

23 April 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3
Service 3
Atmosphere 3
Value 3
OK…but not blown away

Not a great experience. Food was OK, but not good enough to warrant the prices. Service was not quick enough to facilitate the dining time limit. We had to leave in a rush as we had to get to a show, and appreciated the 4 glasses of sparkling wine as recompense for our disappointment, but didn't have time to drink them :-(

David W

10 April 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Zedel lunch

Excellent lunch. Good food, no hassle service

David W

07 April 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Zedel spring

Excellent new spring menu. Expensive but good value.

Karine J

04 April 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4

Jennifer M

27 March 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Lovely restaurant

Amazing art deco venue and good food too. I went to Brasserie Zedel for a pre-theatre meal. It was good value for money and the service was really good too.

Anonymous

20 March 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Feels like a luxury cruise ship!

We had an early dinner when the restaurant wasn't so busy, and service was attentive and smooth. Great choice of food, vegeterians well catered for. Live band playing later created a great atmosphere. 

john quentin C

19 March 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
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