Brasserie Zédel

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SquareMeal Review of Brasserie Zédel

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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.

Good to know

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
People
Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+]

About Brasserie Zédel

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

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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 12:00-23:00
Sun 12:00-16:00

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61 Reviews 
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Anon

21 May 2022  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4
Excellent Restaurant

Excellent restaurant with a great vibe and serving excellent French food. Hidden away behind Piccadilly Circus but so worth hunting out.

Anon

21 May 2022  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4
Excellent Restaurant

Excellent restaurant with a great vibe and serving excellent French food. Hidden away behind Piccadilly Circus but so worth hunting out.

Simon W

25 April 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4

Room never fails to deliver. Service quick and efficient. Good place for a quick business lunch.

Shreena S

16 April 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
Will be missed

Was sad to hear that Zedel is changing hands. The quality and service was as good as ever but unfortunately the prices have already crept up some 30-40% and I'm not sure that it can be blamed on recent supply chains. 

Anon

22 August 2021  
Food & Drink 0.5
Service 1
Atmosphere 0.5
Value 0.5
Staff do not accept square meal gift vouchers

After a week of anticipation for a great evening ,I had a hugely dissapointing experience! 

Having received a £40 square meal voucher that is advertised on square meal as accepting, when it came to the end of the meal, I was very rudely told that the valid voucher was not accepted.

Understandably this leaves a very bad taste in the mouth, not only the additional cost but also the way in which it was handled.

Beware any future customers

Meadsparis

06 November 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5
Enjoyable meal.

It was my friends' first visit, though I've dined there a few times.  My friends were impressed by the atmosphere and interiors of the restaurant.  Food was good as usual. 

Ren

06 July 2019  
Great ambience, affordable.

Isabelle C

02 July 2019  
A real London gem, hidden in plain sight. I have been here at all times of day, with or without a reservation and the service and food has always been first class. The prix fixe menu is such a steal, and ensures that regardless of budget you can enjoy a five star experience. The underground setting feels other-wordly, it is easy for hours to pass listening to the smooth sounds of the Saturday night singer.

Mike P

30 June 2019  
Good food and drink. Great ambience.

Anon

28 June 2019  
Great location and atmosphere.
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