Few places in London manage to cater for those dressing to the nines, and those in their threes, as well as Brasserie Zedel. On an early Saturday evening the lofty dining room, a beautifully decked out space plucked straight out of the Parisian Art Deco, had a mix of women in cocktail dresses, guys in shorts and tourists with families but Zedel manages to deftly cater for everyone with friendly smiles and attentive service. This is all behind a small and unassuming looking cafe entrance (the ZL Cafe) just off Piccadilly Circus.
The Escargots au Beurre Persillé here are covered in a large amount of melted butter. The snails themselves were moreish and garlicky but a little small and not as addictive as the ones I had at Le Garrick. The bread served were also not as “dippable”.
Ordering from the formule I started with the Céleri Rémoulade. This is the second time I’d had Celeriac, the first was at Brawn. Zedel’s version is a little simpler. The flavour of the celeriac here is more distinct without the cream and there is more of a bite. However this might be a little too pared down for me.
Going for classic French fare I went for the Beef Bourguignon. I tend not to order this too often for the fear of chewy beef but Zedel’s was tender, in fact one of the most tender I’ve had in London. The flavours of the sauce weren’t too strong but just enough, with a hint of red wine. It’s a homely and filling plate of food.
The Ile Flottante is a beautifully presented dessert and possibly my favourite course of the meal. Light, creamy, fluffy and not too sweet this is the perfect decadent dessert to a heavy meal.
Brasserie Zedel is from the restaurateurs behind The Wolseley, The Delauney, Fischer’s etc. so it’s no wonder the setting is so beautiful and opulent. Looking for a special dinner but don’t want to break the bank? Then Brasserie Zedel is hard to beat.
Address: 20 Sherwood Street, London, W1F 7ED
Telephone: 0207 734 4888
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Mon – Sat: 11.30am – 12am
Sun: 11.30am – 11pm
Panda ate, shot and left.