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Bronze Award

Savvy Londoners are hard to impress, but this newcomer should win them over with its playful interiors, remarkably good food and links to starry investors Enrique glesias and Rafael Nadal. Based in the Spanish-owned ME hotel (but with its own entrance on Aldwych), Zela comes tricked out like a fantasy tropical forest complete with a cheerful melange of bright-blue banquettes, bamboo furniture, Spanish tiles and wooden floors. There are also high stools at the sushi counter, plus a cocktail bar and a DJ station. It’s a little bit crazy, but great fun.

The food is billed as ‘Meppon’, Japanese technique coupled with Mediterranean ingredients, and Zela’s light, fresh, often raw dishes are bang on target for fashionable, health-conscious diners. Thinly sliced scallops are dusted with dried chorizo for contrasting taste and texture, while yellowtail tiradito is bathed in a punchy chilli ponzu sauce. Familiar maki rolls include soft-shell crab and avocado with cucumber, but we prefer the standout red prawns with sushi rice and shreds of radish. You must suck the head – utterly delicious.

Pricey mains involve Wagyu beef, grilled lobster and caviar-dressed luxuries, although those on slimmer budgets might prefer lightly seared tuna tataki with almonds and mojama or a quirky take on duck à l’orange served with steamed buns. Do leave room for the white chocolate ice cream with citrus and vanilla jelly or – better still – order the plate of mixed desserts, a real show-stopper. Local businesses will enjoy Zela for its power breakfasts and lunches, while theatergoers and hot dates will warm to the seductive mood at night.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
International, Japanese
Ambience
Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Brunch, Late night dining
Special Features
Counter dining, Live music / dancing
People
Celeb-spotting, Dates, Group dining [8+], Special occasions

Special offers from Zela

Lunch/ Pre-theatre Menu: £27pp

From: 20 August, 2019
To: 31 December, 2019
Max: 9
...enjoy a 3 course meal for lunch or pre-theatre time from a set menu.
Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00PM-2:30PM 5:00PM-6:30PM

Complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot (per couple) with tasting menu

From: 2 September, 2019
To: 31 December, 2019
Max: 10
A complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot (per couple)when booking the tasting menu.
Availability: Mon-Sat 5:00PM-10:30PM

30% off a la carte menu

From: 9 October, 2019
To: 9 November, 2019
Max: 10
30% off a la carte menu. Discount not valid on set menus.
Availability: Daily 12:00PM-2:30PM 5:00PM-7:00PM

Location for Zela

ME London, 336-336 Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1HA

020 8089 3981

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Opening Times

Brunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 12:00-22:00
Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 17:00-23:45
Tue 17:00-23:45
Wed 17:00-23:45
Thu 17:00-23:45
Fri 17:00-23:45
Sat 17:00-23:45
Sun Closed

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